It’s a knock­out

The Jewish Chronicle - - Sport -

LIONS man­ager Tony Gold re­flected on a game of two halves af­ter the leaders slipped to third fol­low­ing their first de­feat of the Herts Se­nior County League Premier Divi­sion sea­son.

A goal to the good at the break, Gold be­moaned a “Jekyll and Hyde per­for­mance” at Clarence Park.

Top-scorer Adam Stol­er­man gave the Lions the per­fect start with a pow­er­ful long-range strike fly­ing into the net.

How­ever, things started to go down­hill af­ter the in­flu­en­tial Andy Glynne limped off mid­way through the first half. And with Lee Cash, Matt Stock and Aron Barnes ab­sent, Lions’ mid­field five were found want­ing as Bal­dock hit back through a goal from a cor­ner, a con­tro­ver­sial penalty and a late strike on the break as Lions had thrown every­one for­ward in search of a late equaliser.

With 30 min­utes re­main­ing and the Lions seem­ingly un­able to lift them­selves out of the rut, man­ager Tony Gold took off Lam­pert and Lauf­fer and in­tro­duced Ben El­lis and debu­tant Aron Free­man and re­verted to 4-3-3.

Free­man of­fered a lit­tle spark with some de­cent runs and de­liv­er­ies but the home side had noth­ing left.

Gold said: “You have to watch Bal­dock; they have pace out wide and up front and will cause you prob­lems if you are not phys­i­cally and men­tally strong. We proved more than ca­pa­ble dur­ing the first half but the sec­ond half was the com­plete re­verse and I’m find­ing it im­pos­si­ble to ex­plain why. We have spo­ken about it and we will ad­dress it. We have to ad­dress it.”

Lions: Matt Davis, Danny Berg, Danny Cole, Ben Lam­pert (sub: Ben El­lis), Guy Mor­ris, Adam Myeroff, Rob Glass, Daniel Stan­ton, Ben Lauf­fer (sub: Aron Free­man), Andy Glynne (sub: Daniel Leven­fiche), Adam Stol­er­man

Un­der at­tack: Lions de­fender Guy

Mor­ris and Ben Lauf­fer pro­duced some heroic de­fend­ing but Bal­dock had the fi­nal say at Clarence Park

Job done: Davis is beaten for a third time as Steve Mor­gan blasts home

Spot on: Matt Davis went the right way but Harry Hol­land makes it 2-1

All square: Bal­dock’s Jack Greg­son equalises with a far post header

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