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It was a difficult week for the Lions, with a few members of the team suffering from the effects of cold and flu, but that didn’t stop the whole team producing two more impressive, powerhouse performances packed with goals, dribbling, tackles and great saves.

Match one saw the Lions take on Sedgeley Scorpions North. Alex Haywood started the half as goalkeeper. No goals were conceded, in fact Alex didn’t actually touch the ball, which is a demonstration of the team’s defensive capabilities. Charlie Long was one of those putting in a strong performance in defence. His passing forward and marking of the opposition attacker meant that the opponents had no clear shot at goal. Fraser Hinds also made good tackles, winning the ball multiple times and then passing it to team mates like he had been asked to, further showing the development of his all round game.

Joshua Hodson scored a wonderful goal with a  long range free kick that confused the opposition goalkeeper and looked to have trickled over the line before Oliver Donoghue made sure with a tap in. Oliver, who was the team Captain had overcome illness to play. He showed his improved passing and was unlucky not to score, forcing the opposition keeper into several saves or just missing the target.

The second half saw Joe Iannarilli take over in goal. Much like Alex in the first half, the strong defensive performance from the team left Joe, who was another player overcoming illness, with very little to do, other than a couple of strong goal kicks. Alex completed his match day target of ten successful dribbles in one half.  He had a couple of shots blocked and put in one very good cross that really deserved a goal. Another player completing his match day target was Jack Weaver, who completed five passes in one half. He was also strong defensively, with plenty of good tackling and applied pressure to win the ball. He also scored a long range goal after spotting the keeper out of his goal.

Lewis Titley played in defence with a rock solid performance. He also showed his skill in passing with his distribution forward when he was needed. Lewis Seedhouse showed how he is able to shield the ball to tremendous effect. His excellent passing ’round the corner’ of the defenders was effective, especially when linking up with Alex down the right wing.

The all round good performance left the team feeling positive and confident in their next match, which was against Pelsall Villa Colts. The first half saw Joshua take a turn in goal. He was unlucky to concede a deflected shot, but he could do nothing about it. He then made an excellent save in a one on one situation. Joe scored the Lions opening goal after an error by the opposition goalkeeper and then set up Oliver for the second with a neat pass sideways into space when confronted by defenders. Oliver finished off an end to end passing move that involved four players with a fierce shot. His excellent goal celebration was also worthy of the Premiere League too.

Charlie was captain for this match. He continued with the form he had shown in the first match, with good tackling and defensive pressure. He also completed his match day target of five successful passes and is improving every week. Jack was a defensive giant. He started off the move for the second goal with an exceptional pass down the wing to Joe. He made plenty of good tackles too.

The second half saw Lewis Titley take over as goalkeeper. He conceded a goal but otherwise made some good saves, including one excellent save to keep the game level. He also took control and marshalled his defenders well on corners. Fraser took over as captain and defence. His performance was excellent, with strong defending and tackling. He also completed his match day target of five successful ball winning tackles. Alex also played to a high standard with excellent dribbling and passing. He went clean through on the goalkeeper and was only denied a goal by an excellent save. Lewis Seedhouse showed excellent link up play and distributed the ball well. He completed his match day target of five completed passes. Last but not least was Joshua who showed excellent composure and technique to score the winning goal on a counter attack in the last minute – leading to manic cheering from the watching parents.

Another great weekend from the battling Lions, who are going from strength to strength. On we roar!

 

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