Lions have plenty in reserve
LONDON LIONS reserves climbed to second in the Herts Senior County League Reserve Division One courtesy of a 6-1 drubbing of Bovingdon.
The Rowley Lane club recorded their fourth consecutive league victory, but they did it the hard way, coming from behind in a team featuring five changes from the previous week. Andrew Myers returned from a four-week suspension with Richard Baum and Josh Gordon receiving late call-ups. Top-scorer Ben Ellis, who has scored five goals this term, was promoted to the club’s first team.
Lining up in a more defensive than usual 4-4-2 formation, Lions manager Jon Green demanded 90 minutes focus and concentration for what has traditionally been a tough fixture.
Bovingdon forged ahead inside 60 seconds when keeper Danny Berliner was beaten by a dipping shot from outside the box.
Bradley Lazarus and Joel Ross then proceeded to take the game by the scruff of the neck. The pair linked up from a corner, taken by Lazarus, for the equaliser. Ross flicked the ball on at the near post allowing the evergreen Danny Shindler to net with a trademark diving header.
With the bit between their teeth, the Lions forged ahead when a deep cross from Lazarus was converted by Shindler. Ross opened up a 3-1 advantage, showing great pace and touch to applying the finish to a crossfield pass from Lazarus.
Ori Kobi, captain Tim Becker and Baum put in eye-catching displays but, having created the first three goals, Lazarus got in on the act, smashing home from 25 yards. After the break, Ross finished a five-man move in style, leaving Baum to complete the scoring with a header.
On target: Schindler and Lazarus