Six league wins on the bounce as Lions hit rich vein of form
Stamford Lions continued their impressive Peterborough League form with a thumping 6-1 away win at Warboys on Saturday.
James Sheehan’s side have now scored 17 goals in their last three league games as they enjoy a rich vein of form that has propelled them to third in the standings.
Sheehan said: “Warboys away has always been a tough and at times difficult game to play so to come away with an excellent 6-1 win is pleasing.
“We played very well and took our early chances and, when we do that, I’m always confident we can secure a win.
“It’s a good start to the season and we now have the side settled and fit and I’m hoping we can maintain this good run of form into the autumn.”
As the rain came down on a lush green Warboys pitch on Saturday, the surface was perfect for fast paced passing football and this suited the Stamford side as they set about their hosts with waves of fast attacking football.
Top marksman Luke Ball celebrated his call up to the league representative squad by opening the scoring with less than 10 minutes on the clock.
Tom Edwards surged past his marker and picked out Ball in the area and he unleashed an unstoppable left foot shot into the top corner.
Edwards was causing the home defence all sorts of trouble as he continued to run directly at the Warboys back four who seemed to have no answers of how to stop him.
It was no surprise when Edwards doubled the lead, weaving his way through the defensive line before rounding the keeper and slotting home.
The Stamford side were in full flow and teenage midfielder Zac Stevens was denied by a fine save after ghosting past two defenders and firing in a low shot before Ball again went close heading an Edwards cross just over.
Neil Speck added a third with half-an-hour played when, from outside the area, he calmly lifted his shot over the keeper and into the net.
Warboys desperately fought back trying to salvage the game before it became a non contest.
Lions keeper John Swales pulled off a fine save to preserve the clean sheet before Joe Lippett threw himself at a shot to deny a goal and send the Lions in 3-0 at the break.
The home side went on the attack early in the second half, but this was a dangerous tactic and they were punished when Tom Lees broke away on a counter attack and smashed a right foot shot low into the bottom corner.
With 15 minutes remaining, Warboys struck to ruin the clean sheet for the visitors.
A long ball forward was neatly brought down and a looping shot caught Swales out as he could only palm the ball up and into the net.
The goal spurred new life into the game and Ball soon restored the four goal cushion when he raced onto a through ball pass, rounded the keeper with quick feet and slotted in to make it 5-1.
Ball was denied a hat-trick when he fired one shot against the bar before seeing the keeper pull off a fine save only minutes later.
The victory was sealed when Lees swung in a dangerous cross and, as the defender got his head to the ball, he could only watch as it flew in past the keeper for an own goal as the Lions roared to a sixth successive league victory.