Best performance of manager Sheehan’s career as Lions leap into top spot

Stamford Lions boss James Sheehan. Photo: DAN HENDERSON
Stamford Lions boss James Sheehan. Photo: DAN HENDERSON
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Stamford Lions boss James Sheehan hailed his side’s performance as the best of his managerial career after they walloped Warboys 10-0 on Saturday.

The emphatic victory took the Lions to the top of the Peterborough League Premier Division table for the first time in their history.

In-form strike duo Tom Edwards and Luke Ball both blasted seven goals between them with Joe Lippett , Dan Aust and Tom Lees also on target.

Sheehan said: “It was the best performance I have seen from any Lions side and probably the best I’ve seen from any team I’ve ever managed.

“We prepared for a very tough game. The lads were fired up and, once we had Warboys beat, we just continued to play with the intensity we set out at.

“We are not getting carried away with being top though. There’s no medals for being top in January.

“It’s nice and the lads can be proud, but there are two excellent teams in Moulton and Netherton that are still favourites. We will just concentrate on our next game and check the table in April.”

Warboys came into the game in good form, having won five of their last six league games, but from the off the visitors could not get to grips with the speed and slick passing of the Lions especially on the artificial pitch at Borderville.

Edwards sent an early chance wide and Jordan Paylor headed over from just four yards out.

Lions were awarded a penalty after a quarter-of-an-hour when a deep cross was headed towards goal and blocked by a defenders raised arm. Edwards dispatched the spot kick to give the Stamford side the lead.

Lippett doubled that lead 10 minutes later when he rifled in a shot from 25 yards that flew past the keeper.

Warboys surged forward, looking to get back into the game, and a forward raced through the defence but was denied by a brave save from John Swales in the Lions goal.

It was 3-0 on the half-hour mark when Ball calmly slotted home a low Jake Walton cross and the signs were ominous for the visitors.

The Stamford side were in full flow and wave after wave of attack followed.

Edwards grabbed his second of the game with a fierce low drive to make it 4-0 before Aust dispatched his shot to give the Lions a five-goal interval lead.

There was no let up in the second half as a rampant Lions side showed no mercy on a wounded opponent.

Edwards sealed his hat-trick with a volley from the edge of the box before grabbing his fourth goal of the game and 20th league goal of the season with a free kick that was taken quickly and caught the keeper cold.

Not to be outshone by his strike partner, Ball soon shot in a quick-fire double to claim a hat trick for himself, the first a neat finish again with Walton as the provider before he raced from the defence and slotted past the keeper, to make it 9-0 abd put Ball on 18 league goals for the season.

In the last minute of the game, Lees headed in an Aust cross to make it double figures and move Lions into top spot with 12 games to play. They face a tricky trip to Whittlesey this weekend.