Mattey, 16, can­be­new Lion king

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BYDANNYCARO

FOOTBALL ANDY Lan­des­berg be­lieves Jack Mattey is des­tined for big things af­ter the teenager be­came the youngest player to rep­re­sent Lon­don Lions’ first team against Letchworth Gar­den City.

Aged 16 and 14 days, Mattey came on as a sec­ond-half sub­sti­tute and put in an im­pres­sive per­for­mance in the Herts Se­nior County League Premier Di­vi­sion en­counter that ended 2-2.

He is a grad­u­ate of the club’s un­der-16 team and the son of for­mer Lions star Alan Mattey, who died fol­low­ing an ill­ness nine years ago.

Lan­des­berg said: “Jack was in­vited to train with the first team a few weeks ago and he has not looked back.

“He’s looked bright and sharp and coach Dar­ren Yar­lett has only had good things to say.

“I al­ways say if you are good enough then you are old enough. Jack at­tacked well, de­fended well and his pass com­ple­tion was ex­cel­lent.

“This shows the hard work that is cur­rently go­ing on with the young­sters at the club. We also had Josh Tray and Louie Green­ham, both 18, start­ing to­day.”

Mattey ad­mits he will not for­get the past few days in a hurry fol­low­ing the open­ing of the Alan Mattey Stand at Row­ley Lane.

He said: “It’s an amaz­ing feel­ing to play for the first team. I’m hon­oured to make my de­but at such a young age.

“It’s been an un­for­get­table ex­pe­ri­ence. I’m just gut­ted that we couldn’t get the win.

PHOTO: MARC MOR­RIS

Jack Mattey on duty for Lions

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