Ten wins and two draws as patience pays off for Stamford side in latest success
Stamford Lions stretched their unbeaten Peterborough League Premier Division run to 12 games after a narrow 2-1 win over Peterborough Polonia on Saturday.
The victory took their tally to 32 points from the last 36 available after a run of 10 wins and two draws which has seen them awarded the Premier Division Team of the Month for January.
The first half on Saturday lacked a lot of spark as Lions enjoyed large spells of possession but failed to penetrate a compact defence.
Michael Webb opened the scoring midway through the opening period with a pinpoint free-kick as he curled his left footed shot around the wall and into the top corner with precision accuracy from 20 yards out.
Polonia had suffered a heavy 6-0 defeat in the reverse fixture earlier in the season and that was backed up by 5-0 thumping in the cup at the hands of the Lions
But they looked set up, if not to win the game, certainly not to lose heavily as the defence remained deep and compact with a hard working midfield in front of them that continued to frustrate the home side who in turn could not get any fluency into their game.
The second half continued in much the same vein, Lions had total control of possession but were lacking the spark to open up the Polonia rearguard.
Joe Lippett did double the lead with an hour played as he met an inswinging corner and headed past the keeper.
Josh Collins had a quiet afternoon but did send a close range header wide in a rare sight of goal before Jake Showler fired a left foot effort into the clutches of the keeper.
Dan Aust blasted wide before his stooping header was also well held by the Polania custodian as Lions were unable to find a third goal.
Polonia had soaked up the pressure well but offered very little in an attacking threat however, as the game reached the 90th minute, a corner swung into the danger zone was headed in past keeper John Swales by Przemyslaw Wojtowicz to the surprise of the home side but sheer delight to the club currently sitting bottom of the table.
The referee soon bought a halt to the match as only seconds remained after the goal and the Lions had secured another valuable win that keeps their unbeaten run going.
Manager James Sheehan reflected: "It was a lack-lustre game if I'm honest.
"We totally controlled the ball from the start and almost to the end but found Polonia a hard side to break down.
"Two setpieces have won us the game and in end we did enough to bring in the three points.
"The overall picture is a good one. We have strong competition for places, some good players coming back from injury and we are in good form moving into the spring. I'm really pleased with how things are going up to now."