Lions relishing their final test
FOOTBALL ANDY Landesberg believes London Lions are ready for their biggest test of the season after they marched into the final of the Herts Centenary Cup with a resounding 5-0 win over Bishops Stortford Swifts.
Two goals from Adam Burchell guided the Herts Senior County League Premier Division leaders into the final where they will play Wodson Park of the South Midlands League.
Although the final score was emphatic for Lions, boss Landesberg praised his players for “grinding out a win”.
BSS of the Essex Olympian League looked sharp and incisive early on, but Austin Lipman capitalised on a defensive error to slot home and it was a lead the Lions never looked like relinquishing.
Burchell doubled the lead on 30 minutes with an excellent solo effort and he effectively settled the tie early in the second half when James Gershfield set up the winger to slot in and spark jubilant scenes.
Gershfield eventually got his reward with his 42nd goal of the season — a new club record — following excellent play from Jake Furman. And it was left to Max Kyte to complete the rout with a simple tap-in to confirm Lions’ place in the final for the third time.
Landesberg said: “The boys had a job to do and stuck to the plan perfectly.
“Bishops Stortford were a decent attacking force but our team defended well, while at the other end we continue to be on good form.
“Adam Burchell, in particular, was outstanding. The boys are working hard and we look forward to the final on March 21.”
LIONS: Jake Lewis, Adam Lipman, Nick Landesberg, Charlie Rubin, Ben Goldberg, Harry Hatchwell, Jake Furman, Josh Kennet (capt), James Gershfield, Austin Lipman, Adam Burchell. Subs: Andy Glynne, Adam Arnold, Max Kyte
Two-goal hero Adam Burchell left the Swifts chasing shadows