The Lions latest competitive match saw them travel to Liverpool to face Mersey Marauders in the GFSN. This would be their last competitive fixture of the season before the Christmas break so the players were looking for a good result to carry them into the new year.
On an overcast, windy and occasionally wet afternoon, the Lions kicked off, a little anxious with the pressure of looking for a result showing, Mersey looked to take advantage of this by playing the ball deep into the Lions’ defence. A clearance from halfway line by a Mersey player saw the ball bounce awkwardly in front of Lions’ keeper Andrew P, with the wind carrying the ball into the back of the net. The Lions took this as their wake up call, looking to take the game to the Mersey’s backline. A corner came, and with numbers up, the Lions looked ready to take this opportunity, however with both shots being cleared from the line skilfully by Mersey. This did not deter the Lions as the equaliser came only moments later with James H making a run down the right to cross the ball to Mathew H at the far post who put the ball in the back of the net. 1-1 and the Lions looked hungry for more. The equaliser gave everyone a boost of confidence, with the Lions’ looking in control of the game. The Lions looked in charge of every area of the pitch, James H and Craig J held the central midfield well, questioning the oppositions creativity by closing down their central channels. Simon J up front showed great patience on the ball, holding until Chris L made the run and laying the ball off so he could receive it moving forward. Mathew H, inspired by his equaliser, took the game to their backline and caused real problems for Mersey’s defence. Unfortunately, the Lions captain Craig J was unable to finish the half due to an unfortunate injury. Undeterred, the Lions saw out the half, with the scoreline finishing 1-1.
The second half saw both teams come out of the blocks strong, neither looking to let up for a moment. The Lions half backs controlled the wide areas of the pitch well, preventing the Mersey attackers from finding the wide pockets from which to enter the area. The Lions’ players were putting the effort in across the whole pitch, it was a real show of passion from the players as they desperately looked for the goal which would put them ahead. The half was a real battle and was a testament to both teams how much a game of football can mean. Mersey won a free kick within shooting distance of the goal with seconds of the game left. The free kick came and went, with the Lions holding strong and clearing the ball to signal the full time whistle. A fair result which represented just how much each team put into the match.
Once again, the Lions’ showed great commitment throughout the match and represented themselves in a diligent manner. The players should be proud to finish the year on a high and look to continue this progressive momentum into their competitive fixtures in 2019! Please find all of next year’s matches on the Fixtures page of this website, people looking to join the Lions can do so throughout the season, there are still plenty of games for you to get involved in in the coming year!
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