Nottingham Lions 9-1 London Titans
With the Nottinghamshire fire brigade in attendance on arrival this was one raging inferno they couldn’t extinguish.
Lions “rose like a phoenix” to the summit of the GFSN division one table, producing another awesome team performance.
Both sides felt their way into the game somewhat early doors before Nottingham exploded into action with three goals in four minutes (10, 11 and 14) .
”Another great performance, with commitment and effort. We worked hard for each other again”.Ian R | Nottingham Lions FC Manager
James’s (right foot) half-volley inside the D, looped over the keeper and curled into the right hand corner before his trusted left foot made it 3-0, in-between which Sean M calmly stabbed home from six yards.
As in the corresponding game two weeks prior, Lions were off to a flyer. Titans managed to steady themselves and a twenty-yard effort forced Liam into a great diving tip round on his left side.
This game wasn’t over yet, although Lions defence were organised and solid reducing the opposition to few clear cut chances.
With the tempo falling mid-half, it took a set piece on 35 minutes to liven proceedings up.
Sean M’s deep corner saw Tom C powerfully head back into a crowded six-yard area, where Simon rose high to head home his sixth career goal.
This saw the homesters press hard as Tom (twice) and Asher had good efforts on goal.
HT: Nottingham Lions 4-0 London Titans
Half time was a real inconvenience as for five minutes or so, Nottingham lost their focus allowing Titans space and time on the ball and the inevitable goal was scored.
However, that proved to be a wake up call as an attacking substitution payed off immediately.
Owen’s perseverance in chasing a lost cause was rewarded with a headed goal and within a minute Tom’s classy, composed finish from twelve-yards made it 6-1.
The centre midfield trio were working in perfect harmony and running the show. Jake’s pinpoint corner on 64 minutes saw Owen just beat Simon to the ball to head home Lions 7th (Simon was getting greedy) but the accurate flag kick saw Jake come down with cramp.
He battled on though to witness Owen complete his third club hat-trick ten minutes later.
It was clear that everyone was enjoying their football, even more so when young James M went on a 70-yard marauding run down the right wing beating three Titans in the process.
That inspirational act warmed the hearts of the spectators who were getting cold by now.
Asher completed the rout with Lions 700th club goal and it was special. From the centre circle he back flicked the ball under pressure, ran at pace using his quick feet, calmly rounded the keeper and tapped home, wow.
FT: Nottingham lions 9-1 London Titans
This really was a classy performance, everyone knew their roles and played accordingly.
From the experienced centre backs and midfield general to the young gun, tough tackling full backs and centre mids. Lions oozed quality, with a pacey and potent forward line to boot the signs look good for a promising season ahead.
However, Nottingham face possibly their hardest GFSN fixtures in November with two away days in the capital so a strong squad is a necessity one feels if they want to stay top of the league.
Composed by John C Smith