|Date||29th January 2017|
|Competition||Peter Morrison Trophy|
|Kick-off Time||10:00 am|
|Result||Won 3 ‐ 2|
Having missed a game of football after their league match was postponed last Sunday, Lions were faced with the challenge of finding the same level of performance that saw them overcome Hendon and Raiders in previous weeks. FC Team set out with a totally different game plan to what Lions had faced in recent weeks – playing a defensive formation and were happy to allow Lions to have possession for the majority of this Peter Morrisson cup game. Lions welcomed back a lively looking Elliott Stern and Bradley Sharp, who got his name on the score sheet. Regulars Will Beresford, Alex Taylor, Nick Smith, Cam Most and Max Hassell made up the back line, which once again sat in front of in form goal keeper James Gershfield.
Recent bad weather had taken its toll, with a rock hard pitch making it difficult for either side to play a quick passing game. Lions had plenty of possession but struggled to find any real intensity once they moved into the opposition’s half. Harry Marlow had Lions best chance of the first half, after good wide play from James Gold, who’s low cross found the feet of the youngster, but he couldn’t find the target from a few yards out from goal. Adam Arnold saw his well executed 25 yard free kick saved by the Team keeper, but apart from those chances the first half didn’t live up to much.
Although they had dominated possession, Lions were playing nowhere near the standard that they had set themselves in recent weeks and early into the second half allowed FC Team a corner against the run of play. This led to Team having their first goal attempt of the day with the ball finding its way into the back of the Lions net after a neat corner move. Lions really needed to up it a few gears if they were to salvage this cup tie and eventually they did. Sharp was introduced after 55 minutes and quickly found himself firing home the ball on the half volley after the Team keeper had made a good save from a Gold effort. 1-1 soon became 2-1 Lions after a Sharp corner found the head of Nick Smith who guided the ball into the bottom corner for his first goal of the season. Lions still weren’t playing as well as coach Ryan Springer would have liked but they were in the lead and looked more threatening in the final third than they had in the first half.
In the final 10 minutes Adam Arnold found himself free on the right hand side of the Team penalty box and he played an inviting pass into the path of Stern, who’s well struck shot was parried by the Team keeper, but only to the feet of Gold who had a simple chance which he converted to make 3-1. As the game drew to a close, Team threw most of their players into offensive positions and just before the final whistle blew, their strong front man skipped through the Lions defence with ease, unchallenged by numerous players and finished his effort into the bottom corner of the Lions goal for 3-2.
Although this certainly wasn’t Lions greatest footballing display this season, a win is a win and they find themselves in the last 16 of the Peter Morrisson. Going forward, the management will need to get better performances from their players all across the board, similarly to the last few weeks games if they are to mount a serious challenge for silverware this season.