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Nottingham Lions 4 – 2 Mersey Marauders

A brace from Damian S and goals each for Chris L and Robbie J saw the Lions edge past Mersey to keep the hopes of safety and a 3rd place finish alive.

The Lions started the game as the brightest team and controlled possession. Sean M and James H helped to set the tempo and troubled the Mersey defence with clever runs to keep them on the back foot. 

After a handful of chances, it took a worldie from Damian to break the deadlock. After a cut-back pass, Damian smashed the ball in to the top bin from 30 yards to give the Lions the lead.

Robbie doubled the score after finishing off a great team move. The Lions played it out cooly from the back, and moved the ball quickly through midfield to find James on the wing, who produced a pin-point cross for Robbie to nod in to the net. 

Damian got his second from a corner, a looping cross didn’t need any assistance and found the other top bin. And it could have been a first half hat-trick, after a deep free kick beat everyone but the Mersey cross bar. 

HT 3-0

Mersey started the second half with purpose and showed they weren’t going out without a fight. Two set pieces, a free kick and a corner, went unchallenged and Mersey found themselves back in the game.

The Lions found their composure again after a rocky first 15 mins in the second half. Mathew played a low ball in to the 6 yard box which was spilled by the Mersey goalkeeper. Luckily Chris was following up and tapped in to an empty net. 

Another good team performance gave the Lions a strong finish to the season; back-to-back home wins and 9 goals scored.

Player Brett L received this weekend’s man of the match after a stellar performance. A commanding centre-back, winning most of the aerial battles, and put some of the Mersey players on their arses in the process. Well done Brett.

That is our last competitive match of the season. There is one more round of GFSN games to play due to the odd numbers, after which we’ll learn our fate.

Thank you to Mersey Marauders for travelling to Nottingham and playing a very well spirited game, perfectly sums up why our LGBTQ+ clubs exist and the presence of a national league such as the GFSN.

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