The only way is up

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT -

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.”


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