It’s a knockout
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