Gold: I’m proud of mylions

The Jewish Chronicle - - Sport -

LONDON Lions man­ager Tony Gold be­lieves his team has over-achieved af­ter they de­fied the odds to win their penul­ti­mate game of the Spar­tan Mid­lands League Di­vi­sion One sea­son.

The Lions had 20 play­ers un­avail­able but it mat­tered lit­tle as they chalked up their 21st vic­tory of the sea­son, beat­ing Che­sham United Re­serves 3-1.

Ben El­lis opened the scor­ing fol­low­ing good work from Cameron Most.

With man-of-the-match Ben Lam­pert pulling the strings in mid­field, the vis­i­tors dou­bled their lead on 30 min­utes when Josh Kennet curled home a su­perb ef­fort.

El­lis made i t 3-0 af­ter good work from Dean Ny­man be­fore Che­sham pulled one back.

Gold said: “In terms of shape and dis­ci­pline for 75 min­utes that per­for­mance was up there with one of our best of the sea­son. The lads showed great re­silience and char­ac­ter.

“Seventy-one points with one game to play is a fab­u­lous re­turn given the start we had to the sea­son and the turnover of play­ers over the last four weeks. I was asked last week if we had achieved our ob­jec­tive for the sea­son and I can say with­out ques­tion we have over-achieved.”

Lions fin­ish their league cam­paign at home to Ken­tish Town to­mor­row. Lions Re­serves boosted their pro­mo­tion hopes with a thump­ing 13-0 win over Buck­ing­ham Ath­letic.

A su­perb seven-goal salvo from Scots­man Nick Good­man plus fur­ther ef­forts from Sam Sloma (3), Guy Hel­man (2) and keeper Mario Cenoli com­pleted the rout.

Hen­don United Sports Club A moved to within touch­ing dis­tance of an un­prece­dented tre­ble with a bru­tally ef­fi­cient 5-2 vic­tory over lead­ers London Mac­cabi Lions A to re­turn to the top of the Premier Di­vi­sion ta­ble.

David Gar­bacz’s troops are now firm favourites to win what would be their sec­ond MSFL ti­tle on a week­end where chal­lengers Red­bridge Jewish Care A were beaten by Faithfold A.

Braces from Avi­dan Last and Greg Corin plus one from Ari Last took them two points clear of a Lions team they have three games in hand on.

Hen­don’s push for a sec­ond league ti­tle will be put on hold for a cou­ple of weeks as they face two trips to Win­gate & Finch­ley. They take on Brady in the final of the JC Cyril Anek­stein Cup on Sun­day fol­lowed by a meet­ing with Di­vi­sion One cham­pi­ons Oak­wood in the Jewish FA Cup final seven days later. Hen­don will be con­firmed league cham­pi­ons if they beat North London Raiders A on May 6.

Theredswerepegged­back on two oc­ca­sions against the Lions, with Joel Ross and joint-player-man­ager Josh New­man grab­bing the goals, but they stepped up a gear to record their 12th vic­tory y in 14 league matches.

Gar­bacz said: “We twice, un­char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally, let them back into the game, but on both oc­ca­sions we re­acted well and pushed on again at the other end.

“Lions are an ex­cel­lent young team but their time will prob­a­bly come in the next cou­ple of years if they stay to­gether.

“For us, our time is now — we are on the cusp of some­thing very spe­cial, but we will refuse to cel­e­brate any­thing un­til the tro­phies are ac­tu­ally in the cup­board. “We are to­tally united and are full of con­fi­dence and skill. We ca can­not wait for the big cup fi fi­nals in the next cou­ple of weeks. The only tricky thing will be pick­ing the team. The Carmel cham­pagne is well an and truly on ice.” L Lions joint-man­ager Josh Newm New­man said: “Con­grat­u­la­tions to Hen­don who have thor­oughly de­served to win the league this year.

“The fact they have only lost once all sea­son shows you what a good and con­sis­tent side they are.

PHOTO: MARC MOR­RIS

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