|Date||19th March 2016|
|Competition||Anagram Records Trophy|
|Kick-off Time||3:00 pm|
|Result||Won 3 ‐ 2|
Lions beat a tough Belstone team in a tight contest at Rowley Lane with both teams attempting to book a place in the Anagram Cup Final.
Passing a late fitness test Nick Landesberg lined up alongside Josh Pistol , returning at the heart of the defence with Adam Lipman and Oli Craig , dropping into left full back position with Will Beresford ruled out with a rib injury from last week. Reuben Rabstein back in goal ensured a big following crowd.
But after only 8 minutes Landesberg pulled up wth a recurrence of his hamstring strain and was replaced by Zac Rose.
Lions started brightly with Josh Kennet looking lively from the start and going close twice and bringing a good save from the Belstone keeper. With Andy Glynn playing his first full game since injury and Adam Arnold , making his first start there was a strong centre in the Lions midfield.
This gave freedom to Charlie Kasler and Austin Lipman to move forward and support Max Kyte up top , who had 2 early chances but failed to find the target.
And it was Kasler who found Kyte and his pace and a neat finish that put Lions 1 up after 19 minutes.
The game ebbed and flowed until Lions pushed their luck too much having given away yet another free kick in a dangerous position. Rabstein made a great save from the direct ball, pushing the ball on to the bar but the Belstone striker was the quickest to react and ensured that the sides went into the break all level at 1-1.
Attacking the clubhouse end Lions came out looking sharp and on 50 minutes Kasler and Kyte combined again with the striker notching his second of the match to put the boys in blue 2-1 up.
Lions went 3-1 up in the 70th minute when a Kennet set piece found Austin Lipman who’s brave diving header inside the box found the back of the net.
However if Lions thought the game was over they would have been mistaken. Belstone came back and Rabstein made a great save but was unable to keep out the strike from the resulting set piece and Belstone were back in the game at 3-2.
With 15 to go Harry Hatchwell replaced Craig as the Lions defence was reshuffled for a 3rd time but Hatchwell’s time on the pitch was short lived as he saw red for an off the ball incident spotted by the assistant official.
Adam Burchell replaced Austin Lipman as Lions 10 men came under the cosh. But it was Burchells fresh legs that tested the Belstone defence and kept the visitors quiet for the remainder of the game.
So a final to look forward to in the merry month of May and a host of league games to get through before hand.