The only way is up
FOOTBALL Tony Gold believes it is too early to judge London Lions after they returned to winning ways with a 3-0 victory over Arlesey Town.
James Belchak, Rafi Soccairello and Josh Kennet steered the Lions to their second win in three games in the South Midlands League Division One.
Lions made several changes to the side that lost to Risborough Rangers, with Kyle Bentwood, David Soutar, Andy Glynne and Sam Sloma coming in. Belchak made his first start of the season in an unfamiliar role on the right of midfield.
The hosts were indebted to keeper Mario Cenolli who dived full-length to keep the game goalless early on.
Gold played a part in the opener, sending Sam Sloma free down the left to cross for Belchak to fire home.
Lions doubled their lead on the hour when Sloma’s wicked free-kick was met by Soccairello whose deft header dropped into the net. Captain Kennet added a third 10 minutes later.
“We didn’t take our chances against Risborough, but could’ve had two or three more today,” said joint-manager Gold.
“Mario’s save seemed to provide the jolt that we needed and from there on we controlled the game and played some great football.
“There were some really good performances and it was pleasing to see James and Rafi get a goal apiece. They have both worked incredible hard preseason and that hard work is starting to show.
“We face Harpenden next and that will be a completely different proposition.
“I don’t take too much notice of the league table until at least 10 games in, but it is hard not to notice who is top and that is where our opponents currently sit.”