|Date||10th February 2019|
|Competition||Garston Vets League|
|Kick-off Time||10:30 am|
|Result||Won 3 ‐ 0|
A fully committed team performance saw Lions take a vital 3 points in the title race against an excellent Bushey side at the Met Police Ground.
Despite being without leading scorer Cash and with Lauffer pulling out unwell the morning of the match, it was a strong group that travelled to the game. Morris and Soutar at the heart of the Lions defence gave the side the rock solid base they needed, Levack at his tenacious best early on set the tone. Up top Lenchner worked tirelessly as the front man with the energy and pace of Pearson and Conway stopping Bushey from having the time they wanted on the ball.
The visitors certainly had more possession with Stanton outstanding on the ball, and pressing Bushey back they fashioned the clearer chances in the opening half hour, Pearson denied by a fine block before his run and cross was met by a bullet header from Conway that whistled over. And they probably should have lead when a brilliantly timed Pearl run saw his fierce shot excellently saved, but Stanton, first to follow up, couldn’t quite apply the close range finish. This was however far from a one sided contest, with Bushey combining well several times to threaten, ex-Wingate striker Williams through on goal thankfully blasted just over.
The second half remained a full blooded and competitive affair. Rayner and Gold linked well with those in front as Lions looked to create from the flanks. Hakim, on for Lenchner, caused Bushey a few problems, and when he robbed the centre half Lions should have led, but his pull back missed Stanton who would have had a tap in. Pearson blazed over the loose ball from a tighter angle. Lions were though indebted to keeper Abrahams soon after, a superb one handed save denied Williams the opening goal.
With 15 minutes remaining the game remained in the balance, but it was the visitors who remained the more likely. And they got their reward when Levack swung in a corner and there was Pearson to flick home a bullet of a near-post header into the roof of the net. Levack was then forced off injured, Soutar stepping into midfield and Lenchner coming into the back four – both performed superbly. Stanton almost doubled the lead, but a crunching tackle not only prevented a certain goal but saw the Lions playmaker forced off. However, despite the enforced changes, Lions did double the lead, Pearl controlling a ball on the edge of the box before arrowing a left footed strike as sweet as you like into the bottom corner to effectively seal the game. Late on Lions added a third on the break, Gold sending Conway away and although his effort was saved by the keeper, Hakim was on hand to tap in the rebound.
Lions travel to reigning champions Winchmore Hill next week for what should be another cracking Masters game.