Basger breaks Redbridge hearts as Lions win at last
A 91st-minute strike from Louis Basger helped Andy Myers’ Lions A record their first league win of the season as they beat in-form Redbridge Jewish Care at Fairlop.
Myers had earlier given the visitors the lead, but it was cancelled out by a Richard Kanolik goal eight minutes from time, before Basger ended any hope of RJC salvaging a point.
A relieved and delighted Myers commented: “Obviously, I am very happy to clinch our first league win of the season. We played really well throughout. However, we do have a habit of making it hard for ourselves. I am happy and think we are beginning to get the basis of a good Sunday league team. With the win in the cup and today’s three points, things are starting to look a lot brighter for the club.”
Redbridge could have few complaints with the final outcome as the visitors took full control of the game right from the off. In a dull first half, which matched the appalling weather, there were very few clear-cut openings.
The Lions frustrated a Redbridge side that had beaten last year’s run- ners up, Hendon, the previous week. They passed the ball around calmly and looked threatening on the break.
The North Londoners took a deserved lead four minutes before the interval. An in-swinging corner from Ben Graham was met with a bullet header from Myers.
Conceding the goal was definitely the kick up the backside the home team needed and they came out for the second half showing a lot more effort and determination.
That said, it was still the Lions who looked like the team who were going to score next. Just before the hour mark, veteran Aviel Schwarz twisted and turned the Redbridge defence before providing a low centre which narrowly missed the boot of Sam Arghabant
Arghebant came close again minutes later after he was put through by Max Fieldgrass. But the striker sent his shot inches wide.
The missed chances proved costly for the Lions as, with 82 minutes on the clock, Amir Nathan’s cross fell for Richard Kanolik who headed firmly into the top corner.
The Lions though were not content to settle for a point, especially after controlling the game. Their perseverance paid off deep into stoppage time, Myers teased the Redbridge defence once again before his cross was met by Basger who sidefooted in off the post to ensure they left Essex with maximum points.
RJC player-coach Darren Brown reflected: “It’s frustrating when you concede so late on, but that’s what happens when you don’t pick up your men.
“However, I will say that we did very well in the second half and it was a good response from our first half display. We probably looked like the team to go on and win it after we equalised but it wasn’t to be.”
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