Lions roar their way to victory

Spartan South Midlands League Division One

By Danny Caro, December 22, 2011

Cranfield United 1-3 London Lions
Strikes from Andy Glynne, David Soutar and an own goal earned London Lions three excellent points as they rekindled their promotion hopes with an impressive performance at fourth place Cranfield United.

Having endured an incredibly difficult start to the season, the Lions put in a phenomenal effort to come away with a deserved victory.

And Lions boss Tony Gold hailed his injury-ravaged side after they overcame the loss of several key players to win.

"To beat a team fourth in the league, in their own back yard and on the back of a heart breaking quarter-final defeat, shows great character," he said

"I have the utmost respect for Cranfield Utd. They are a strong footballing side and are very well run.

"To come here on the back of a very unlucky defeat last week, play the way we did and get three points takes a lot of courage and I have nothing but admiration for my squad.

"What makes the win even more impressive is the fact we did it without Sam Sloma, Danny Berg, Kyle Bentwood and Ricky Engleman which shows the depth and quality of the squad we have worked so hard to construct.

"Nine points off second place gives us a fantastic target to chase."

Gold added: "We now lose Guy Morris for a minimum of a month which will be a real loss. In many respects he is irreplaceable. He is a great competitor and winner and always leads by example but we still have a good enough squad to cope with his departure.

"Now we have a much deserved rest before our last game of 2011 against Hoddesdon on the December 27."

Last updated: 1:19pm, December 22 2011