Stamford Lions beat Polonia in Peterborough League Premier Division clash
Stamford Lions maintained their momentum as they recorded a 10th Peterborough League win from the last 11 Premier Division games after crushing FC Polonia 8-1 on Saturday.
Lions have now blasted 29 goals in the last five league games a run that sees them sitting level on points with leaders Netherton.
That was despite manager James Sheehan admitting his side were slow out of the blocks in their last outing before grassroots football was suspended due to the coronavirus.
Sheehan said: "We got off to a sluggish start and Polonia made a real scrap of it in the early exchanges.
"But, once we took the lead, the game opened up and we were devastating in front of goal.
"We are in a very good position for when the league restarts and are in for an exciting conclusion to this season."
Lions didn’t have it all their own way early on as Polonia played some good passing football and probed the Lions rearguard with confident build-up play.
Keeper John Swales made an early reflex save to prevent an early goal for the home side while Tom Fearns flung himself at a fierce shot to block a good opportunity for Polonia as Lions were very slow to get going.
But, on the half-hour mark, Dan Aust burst into life as he raced down the left wing before firing in a low cross straight into the feet of Tom Edwards who made no mistake by turning the ball home for a 1-0 lead.
Within minutes of the opening goal, Lions doubled the lead from an Edwards penalty after he had darted into the area and was hacked to the ground by a clumsy tackle.
It was 3-0 on the stroke of half-time when new signing Declan Carr headed home past the keeper to open his account for the Stamford side.
With a three-goal cushion, the pressure was off and Lions started the second half playing with freedom and their fast slick passing was too much for Polonia to cope with.
Jack Travers arrowed in a low shot for their fourth goal before Jake Walton added a fifth with a calm finish.
Travers added his second to make it 6-0 with a sensational 35-yard lob shot that caught the keeper well off his line and bounced into the net.
Carr then saw an effort crash off the post but roll into the path of Walton who tapped in to make it 7-0 with just 70 minutes played.
The game took an expected lull as both sides seemed content to play out for the full time whistle until Polonia forward Vaidas Macianskis cut inside and curled a shot into the top corner to ruin Swales’ clean sheet.
The goal seemed to spark a mini revival in the home side as a second shot was chipped over Swales but hooked clear off the line by Luke Gove.
No goal was awarded and this decision sparked mass protests from the Polonia players and management as they were adamant the ball had crossed the line.
Lions' response was to add an eighth goal as Walton competed his hat-trick with another composed finish to seal a win which keeps Lions well positioned among the league leaders.
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