The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BY DAR­REN WITCOOP

DYRHAM PARK TRO­PHY Win­ner Sin­gles net): Trevor Faber (Shirley) 71

WHITE­FIELD CUP (Run­ners-up Sin­gles net): Cyril Cohen CPO G. Christie – MA Alan Bat­ton – W G Specter­man A) Shirley 72

HARTSBOURNE TRO­PHY (Win­ner Sin­gles gross): Lance Pomer­ance (Abridge) 77

SUS­SEX TRO­PHY (Run­ner-up Sin­gles Gross): Lau­rence Green (CPO G Specter­man – A) Abridge 79 NORTH EAST TRO­PHY (Win­ner Team net): Moor Aller­ton 292

ABRIDGE TRO­PHY (Run­ner-up Team net): Abridge 293 COOMBE HILL TRO­PHY (Team gross): Abridge 321

POT­TERS BAR TRO­PHY (Run­nerup Team gross): Moor Aller­ton 331

FOOT­BALL Lon­don Lions suf­fered mixed emo­tions at the start of the new Spar­tan South Mid­lands League sea­son.

The Divi­sion One new boys be­gan life by beat­ing Buck­ing­ham Ath­letic 5-4 in an open­ing-day cracker.

But they came back down to earth with a bump af­ter crash­ing 3-0 at Ris­bor­ough Rangers on Tues­day.

Joint-boss Tony Gold in­sists his new-look side are a work in progress and will take their time to find their feet at a new level. He said: “There were a lot of pos­i­tives to take out of the two games. But we will learn and grow with ev­ery game.

“We have a lot of young play­ers who have made the step-up from youth foot­ball. It’s a big jump and it takes time ad­just to that.

“They are still raw in the game un­der­stand­ing and in a po­si­tional sense. I have no doubt they will learn and we will work hard col­lec­tively to elim­i­nate them the best we can.

“The younger play­ers need to learn when to play out from the back and when to clear their lines. We also have to do bet­ter when we don’t have the ball. We have been ex­posed too much de­fen­sively, so that’s clearly an area we need to look at and work on.”

The Lions had kicked-off life back in Divi­sion One in a nine-goal thriller.

Josh Ken­net bagged a hat-trick, while Ben El­lis and Max Kyte were also on the score­sheet as Buck­ing­ham were edged out.

But it was a dif­fer­ent story as they were put to the sword on their trav­els in an early-sea­son wake-up call.

Gold added: “It’s early days and we are find­ing our feet. It’s just a case of a few of our play­ers adapt­ing. But I’m con­fi­dent we will have a good sea­son.”

Win­gate & Finch­ley were edged out in a seven-goal thriller with Leiston in their Ryman Pre­mier League cur­tain-raiser.

Rob Laney handed the hosts a dream start when he nod­ded in Mark Good­man’s eighth-minute cross.

Leiston hit back but Scott Shul­ton’s solo strike re­stored Win­gate’s lead at the break, though the vis­i­tors were level with 69 min­utes on the clock.

And they went ahead four min­utes later adding a fourth goal as Win­gate were caught out in a counter-at­tack.

David Knight cut the deficit late on, but it was a scant re­ward.

Close en­counter as Lon­don Lions edged out Buck­ing­ham Ath­letic 5-4 but it was a dif­fer­ent story at Ris­bor­ough


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