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The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BYDANNYCARO

FOOT­BALL Tony Gold is tar­get­ing a top 10 fin­ish ahead of Lon­don Lions’s South Mid­lands League opener against Buck­ing­ham Ath­letic to­mor­row.

A loan deal to bring in Win­gate & Finch­ley young­ster Joe Sharpe was close to com­ple­tion as the Lions look to build on an en­cour­ag­ing pre-sea­son.

“The last few weeks have gone as well as can be ex­pected,” said Gold. “We’ve got a good set of lads, with an av­er­age age of 24.”

The Lions were rel­e­gated last sea­son and Gold, who re­cently re­turned to the club as joint-man­ager with Andy Lan­des­berg and Head of Coach­ing, is con­fi­dent they are head­ing in the right di­rec­tion once again.

He said: “We’ve de­cided not to en­ter the FA Cup or FA Vase this sea­son and with no re­serve team, it’s a case of back to ba­sics.”

Lions lost three out of four pre-sea­son friendlies, in­clud­ing a 4-2 de­feat against Win­gate, but Gold has been “im­pressed” by the progress of Max Kyte, who has scored braces in the last two games.

“Max has set­tled into his mind­where­he­wantsto­play,” said Gold. “He’s worked hard in train­ing and we’re hope­ful he can do well.

“We’re not blessed with strik­ers at the mo­ment, although we still have Ben El­lis to come back.”

Gold is con­fi­dent his part­ner­ship in the dugout with Lan­des­berg will bring t h e b e s t out in the squad. “The s i g n s a r e en­cour­ag­ing and the com­mit­ment has been great so far,” he said. “I love work­ing with Andy - we’re both win­ners. We’ve got a good rap­port with the young boys and are ex­cited about com­pet­ing in what will be a phys­i­cally tough divi­sion.”

Josh Ken­net will cap­tain the team. “The boys look up to him,” said Gold whose team face two games in four days, with a trip to Ris­bor­ough Rangers to fol­low.

“We’ve got a young, fit and en­thu­si­as­tic squad. We’ve set the play­ers in­di­vid­ual tar­gets and have been giv­ing them guid­ance, be­lieve and con­fi­dence.

“I be­lieve we have abil­ity in the squad, but maybe not as much as two years ago when we won the ti­tle. But con­cen­tra­tion and con­ti­nu­ity is key.

“If we can fin­ish in the top 10 then I’d con­sider that a re­ally suc­cess­ful sea­son.”

Cap­tain: Josh Ken­net

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