Saturday sees Lions play their first major semi final at the Lane since our return ‘home’ in the summer.
Lions have reached the last four of the Anagram Records Trophy; a regional competition for Home Counties teams which they have never won or even reached the final previously. As an added incentive, this seasons final will also take place at Rowley Lane.
Despite the wide geographical reach of teams in this competition – formerly known at the Capital Counties Trophy – our opponents are from nearby Radlett, as Lions face Belstone who also ply their trade in the Herts County Premier League.
Indeed Belstone are currently sitting one place below Lions in the table (with games in hand), so a tight match is forecast.
Manager Andy Landesberg said “the boys face their biggest test of the season against a very tough Belstone team.
“We hope to make home advantage count and the final being held at Rowley Lane is a massive incentive for everyone. We’d love to deliver the first piece of silverware this season”.
Landesberg also confirmed injury concerns over defenders Josh Pistol and Nick Landesberg but said other players were nearing a return from lay offs.
Lions road to the semis hasn’t been easy, having to overcome higher division opponents followed by the top two teams in our own league:
1st Round: Lions 7-1 The 61FC
2nd Round: Lions 4-1 Standon & Puckeridge
Quarter Final: Letchworth Garden City 2-5 Lions
The winners will face the victor of the other semi final; Sandridge Rovers against Springfield.
London Lions v Belstone FC
Rowley Lane, Saturday 19th March.
Kick off 3pm.