Stamford Lions’ goal a game strikers do the damage again

Football action ICA Reserves v Stamford Lions at Ringwood EMN-160313-171512009
Football action ICA Reserves v Stamford Lions at Ringwood EMN-160313-171512009
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Stamford Lions FC made it six straight wins and stretched their unbeaten run to 20 games after a convincing 7-1 victory away to Peterborough ICA Reserves in the PDFL Division One on Saturday.

Rob Forster opened the scoring after just 11 minutes when he was played in by a Jack Travers through ball that he controlled with one touch and tucked away under the keeper.

The lead was short lived as ICA attacked with pace down both flanks and a rare mistake at the back by Lions was punished as it allowed the forward time to race away and he made no mistake with a fierce low drive to make it 1-1.

The game opened up and both teams looked to play attacking football,

Sean O’Donnell saw an effort sail just over before Tom Edwards also fired high for Lions after beating two defenders to open the chance up.

On the half hour mark Lions retook the lead as Forster grabbed his second, again showing good close control he took the pass in his stride and guided the shot past the keeper.

ICA surged forward looking to find a second equaliser, they went close as a looping shot was lifted over keeper Jimmy Russon but bounced away off the upright.

ICA’s pressure grew as the half wore on but as the home side piled players forward for a free kick the door was left open for Stamford to spring a counterattack, as the free kick was headed clear O’Donnell played a perfectly waited pass that Jake Walton ran onto and swept the ball past the keeper to gift the Lions a 3-1 lead going into the break.

The second half followed on as the first finished with both sides set up to attack,

Stamford’s Sam Bush was forced into a last ditch tackle to prevent a shot and at the other end Edwards blazed over when he had the goal at his mercy.

Forster was denied a hat-trick from an excellent save and Ryan Brown was also thwarted by some brave goalkeeping to keep the Peterborough side in the matach.

However with just over an hour played a Lions fourth killed the game as a contest.

Forster fired in low cross and this time Edwards made no mistake as he calmly slotted the ball into the net.

Five minutes later captain Danny Sheehan met an in-swinging corner with a powerful header that left the keeper no chance.

Ryan Brown added his name to the score sheet slotting home the Lions’ sixth to take his tally to an impressive 22 league goals in 22 games for the season.

There was still time for O’Donnell to add a seventh with a neat finish that has him boasting his own impressive goal scoring record of 11 goals in his last 11 games for the club.

“7-1 was probably harsh on ICA,” added manager James Sheehan. “Although it doesn’t really flatter us, for 65-70 minutes this was a real end-to-end game, but our attacking threat is strong and with the pitch in good condition it allowed both teams to play passing, quick football and that suited us.”

Lions now have a five point lead at the top of the table, they travel to third place Oundle Town on Saturday, kick-off 2pm.

Stamford Lions: Jimmy Russon, Sam Bush, Luke Ball, Danny Sheehan(James Sheehan), Joe Lippett, Jake Walton, Jack Travers(Sean Kelly), Tom Edwards, Rob Forster(Barry Burton), Ryan Brown, Sean O’Donnell