Stamford Lions roar to league top spots

Long Sutton Athletic Football Club, London Road - first-half action v Stamford Lions'Stamford goal ANL-150913-111244001
Long Sutton Athletic Football Club, London Road - first-half action v Stamford Lions'Stamford goal ANL-150913-111244001

The Lions first team guaranteed themselves top spot on Saturday after a 3-0 victory over Long Sutton gave them a four point lead at the summit of PDFL Division one.

The Lions first team guaranteed themselves top spot on Saturday after a 3-0 victory over Long Sutton gave them a four point lead at the summit of PDFL Division one.

Top scorer Ryan Brown gave the Lions an early lead when he pounced on a defensive mistake, nicking the ball away from the hesitant defender before slotting his shot into the bottom corner with just eight minutes on the clock.

As a gusty wind blew across the pitch it played havoc with any aerial ball as both sides struggled to maintain possession.

Sean O’Donnell continued his run of fine goal scoring form to double the lead with 20 minutes played,

Luke Ball and Jake Walton linked up well down the right to cut open the Sutton defence, Walton then picked out O’Donnell who made no mistake.

Stamford took control of the game and should have added a third goal before half-time, Danny Sheehan headed over from close range before Brown squandered a chance as he opted to pass while in a shooting position.

Joe Lippett blazed a shot over the bar and Walton placed his shot wide in a string of chances that went begging at the end of the first half.

With the fierce wind picking up pace Long Sutton set about the start of the second half to make Stamford regret their missed chances.

Keeper Jimmy Russon was called into action for the first time in the match as he was forced into a save from a long range strike. Sutton were on the attack as Lions defended several corners and Russon was relieved to see a chance crash into the side netting as he was wrong footed.

At the other end, O’Donnell saw a great strike crash against the post as both sides knew the next goal was going to be key to the swing of the game.

Midway through the second half and Lions’ third goal came courtesy of Brown’s 19th of the season.

Played in by Walton, he steadied himself before picking out the bottom corner with an excellent low drive.

Sutton threw everything at the Lions desperate to get back into the game but the young defensive partnership of Sam Bush and Sean Kelly stood solid, cancelling out any threat the visitors tried to muster.

Brown had a chance of a hat-trick when a ball was fizzed across the box in his path but as he swung his boot he couldn’t gain any decent contact and the chance slipped away.

It was an important three points that keep Stamford Lions promotion charge on track.

Meanwhile Stamford Lions Reserves were busy beating Uppingham Town Reserves 8-1 on Saturday to open up a three point lead at the top of the PDFL Division Three.

Stamford Lions: Jimmy Russon, Luke Ball, Sean Kelly, Sam Bush, Joe Lippett(Michael Webb), Danny Sheehan, Barry Burton, Sean ODonnell, Jack Travers, Jake Walton, Ryan Brown

Subs: Tom Edwards, James Sheehan