Bas­ger breaks Red­bridge hearts as Lions win at last

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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.”

PHOTO: TA­BATHA FIRE­MAN

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