Lions rel­ish­ing their fi­nal test

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BY JC RE­PORTER

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

PHOTO: MARC MOR­RIS

Two-goal hero Adam Burchell left the Swifts chas­ing shad­ows

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