Lions return to the Spartan South Midlands League this week following promotion from the Herts County League, and this time it’s hopefully for the long term.
Having left the regional league in 2015 after 5 seasons following a couple of years when declining player availability across the punishing fixture list left the team struggling. Promotion on the back of last season’s treble alongside a steady stream of home-grown talent gives huge optimism for the future.
Chairman and Manager Andy Landesberg is excited by the prospect.
‘We not only have the players to compete at the top of this division, but the infrastructure to go much further. We were never able to use Rowley Lane last time around so the work that has gone into the stand, floodlights and facilities was all about getting us to this situation’.
‘On top of that there is an ongoing plan to develop a stream players via our youth system, develop the level of coaching and management across the board and deliver the platform for even greater success’.
With the season kicking off on Wednesday, Landesberg is more cautious in the short term and knows the first month or more will be harder as a number of key players returned from intenational duty at the Maccabiah Games with medium term injuries and others still enjoying summer breaks; but this gives youth a chance.
‘We have added three boys from our Under 18 squad who we believe will add to what we had last season, and this is hopefully something we can do every year’
‘Once we settle into the season, we should be aiming for a Top-6 finish’.
With the developments taking place across the club from top to bottom, and Rowley Lane capable of hosting matches three levels higher, Landesberg is already looking ambitiously to the future rather than just maintaining a place in the Spartan South Midlands League.
‘Not many clubs can boast a ground that offers a path to play three leagues higher, and ultimately playing in the Bostik Football League (formerly Ryman League) is something we should target in the long term’.
For now, Lions will settle for some points on the board in August, and build from there.
The Spartan South Midlands League season kicks off this week, come and see the boys – mascot places available for Lions junior players – contact Velina in the club office:
London Lions v St. Neots Town Res.
Wednesday 9th August
8pm KO at Rowley Lane
London Lions v Codicote
Saturday 12th August
3pm KO at Rowley Lane