|Date||11th August 2018|
|Competition||The FA Cup|
|Kick-off Time||3:00 pm|
|Result||Won 2 ‐ 1|
Lions returned after a 4 year hiatus to the FA Cup in style, winning our first ever game at Rowley Lane in the world’s most famous knockout competition.
Fittingly, our opponents were none other than Wembley FC, who play in the division above Lions in the SSMFL.
They showed their credentials in the opening exchanges, with some pacy and direct attacking play which seemed to be a yard quicker than Lions for the most part.
The home side received a boost 20 minutes in, when the impressive Sam Hamerton was freed by Austin Lipman’s diagonal ball. As the Lions wing back burst toward the edge of the box he was tripped by a Wembley defender, and the referee had little option but to show the red card, leaving Wembley having to play most of the game with 10 men.
This didn’t seem to disrupt them too much, as they were still the side posing the bigger threat. They took the lead after an attack down Lions’ left was allowed to progress with a fine cross headed in past the returning David Myers in the Lions goal for 1-0.
Myers had to be alert on other occasions, and showed his footwork and speed off his line more than once.
At the other end, Bolle almost got in on goal, but was flagged for offside as he rounded the keeper for a likely equaliser.
The second half saw Lions put in the improved performance they needed to turn the tie around. The passing was slicker and work rate seemed to grow with the team’s confidence.
The equaliser really gave the blues lift off; after Bolle, and Hamerton had caused danger in the Wembley box, the ball was set for the onrushing Charlie Rubin who hit a low drive into the bottom corner to level the scores.
Twelve minutes later, Lions were in front. This time Austin Lipman and Adam Bolle were denied in an epic goalmouth scramble, but the ball only fell to Jake Furman on the edge of the area and he calmly fired the ball into the corner to give Lions a lead they hung onto.
The ten men of Wembley tried vainly to get back into it, but it was Lions day.
Manager Andy Landesberg praised his side ‘In the first half we were not at the races, but the lads stuck to it and got a deserved win after the break. Hopefully we can kick on from here on all fronts’.