|Date||10th February 2018|
|Competition||Herts Centenary Trophy|
|Kick-off Time||3:00 pm|
|Result||Won 3 ‐ 1|
Lions made it to their second cup final of the season – and an impressive fifth final in three seasons – with a chance to retain the Herts Centenary Trophy after a hard-fought win at home to Letchworth Garden City.
The visitors were not phased by playing their higher league opponents, and on a windswept and filthy wet day, the conditions didn’t help Lions find their stride on a sodden pitch at Rowley Lane.
Lions welcomed in Ross Weinrabe for an impressive return to the club, and Nick Landesberg was back at centre half.
The first half stalemate saw manager Andy Landesberg demand a higher tempo after the interval and also to keep the ball better. Whilst this was immediately taken on board, the home team fell behind to a shock goal. An Austin Lipman back-pass was slowed by the ever increasing surface water; a gift which the Letchworth striker duly took as he scored past Weinrabe.
Lions were not to be undone however, when after missing a few earlier opportunities, Adam Burchell equalized soon after with a cheeky nutmeg and Lions looked to have weathered the metaphorical, and literal, storm.
A place in the final looked back on after a dramatic minute. Nick Landesberg first scored from a header after a dangerous inswinging corner; and the win was complete when Lions won the ball back immediately from the restart and Burchell received a pass on the run from Bolle and side-footed calmly into the corner as Lions notched two goals within a key minute of the game.
Lions will now look to retain the trophy they won for the third time ever last season – we face promotion rivals – and next weekend’s opponents – Baldock Town in the final.
London Lions v Baldock Town
Tuesday 20th March, 7:45pm KO
at Hemel Hempstead FC