Landesberg’s treble vision
FOOTBALL ANDY Landesberg is confident London Lions will secure their first piece of silverware of the season ahead of their Herts Centenary Cup final showdown against Wodson Park.
The Lions, who remain on course for the treble, require three points from their last seven matches to clinch the HSCL Premier Division title – they face Hatfield Social three days after the final.
But Landesberg’s immediate focus is on next Wednesday’s showpiece match at Cheshunt FC.
He commented: “I am absolutely delighted with the way the season has gone so far. I say so far because although we are in a fantastic position to win a potential treble, we have at this moment won nothing. It is a message I give to the players before every single game.”
Striker James Gershfield is on course to break the league’s goal-scoring record, with more than 40 goals already to his name, but Landesberg insists it has been a team effort.
“The truth is this is not a one-man team, far from it,” said Landesberg. “The total team ethic has been instrumental in delivering performances that have been superb.
“Goalkeepers David Myers and Jake Lewis have been outstanding. Along with a defence that is the meanest in the league. This is a team and that is what has been our strength.”
Landesberg says he is not surprised by the team’s success so far this season — they have lost just once since September in all competitions. “I have worked so hard to create this one-team environment over three seasons,” he said.
“I have a fantastic relationship with all the players. I treat them like we are a family. There is no room for individuals in this group. This is one team, one family.
“Between Darren Yarlett, Steve Grenfell and myself, we have created this special blend. We all have our strengths and weaknesses, and we know what to do and how to use them.
“So there are no surprises when you put in the work and time we have all done, especially over the last two seasons.”
In reaching the final, Lions crushed Cuffley 6-2 in the opening round, followed by a 4-2 routing of Letchworth Garden City Eagles. But it was the 5-0 win over cup holders Bishop’s Stortford Swifts that pleased Landesberg the most. “They had obviously been told that if you rough Lions up early on they will roll over, that’s not what we are all about any more,” said Landesberg. “The only team that rolled over was Swifts.”
Landesberg describes finalists Wodson Park of the Spartan South Midlands Division One as a “decent and strong side, strong with a squad of very experienced players”.
He said: “We’ve watched them twice and I expect it to be a physical battle that we need to overcome first, and then we will play with the same style, passion and commitment that we have played with all season.
“We know it won’t be easy, but we are there for one reason and that is to bring the trophy back to Rowley Lane.
“A final is never just another game,” added Landesberg. “It is always special and it is a chance for the boys to challenge themselves against a team from a higher league. We have the quality and desire to deliver the result the club and the community are looking for.”
There is no room for individuals in this group
Max Kyte is congratulated by his team-mates after registering in the 3-0 win over Bushey