No stroll in the park for U11 Lions
by Mike Stephenson on April 15th, 2013

Saturday 13th April 2013
Mid Hants Solent Youth League U11 Division A
Crofton Saints Lions v Waltham Wolves Giants
Soberton Recreation Ground

This was no stroll in the park for the Lions who met Waltham Wolves Giants at Soberton to play what should have been a Lions home fixture. Both side played some good football on what was a very rough and undulating pitch. The Lions defence had to work very hard to keep the lively opposition forwards at bay, and in doing so they succeeded in keeping a clean sheet. The Lions had the edge going forward however, and despite missing a number of clear cut chances banged in three goals through a Kai Sterne hat trick – his seventh of the season. Outstanding for the Lions was Harry O’Malley, who operated superbly up and down the left flank giving the Giants a headache every time he touched the ball. But it was a good all round performance from the Lions who maintain second place in the league. However, Gosport Arrows are breathing down their neck and Whiteley Wanderers Lions must be looking over their shoulders too, because the Arrows have games in hand and took three points off Whiteley last Saturday. The Lions final league match will be against Locksheath Lions next Saturday. Wherever they finish in the league, if they can win that match then they can be very happy of what they have achieved this season. We still have an outstanding semi-final to play against Portchester FC Castles in the Mid Solent U11s Challenge Cup and if the boys can get through to the final – it could be against Gosport Arrows who have to overcome Lee Rangers. We failed miserably against the Arrows earlier in the season – when the Lions were far from their best - but gave them a good run for their money later, fighting out a 2-2 draw. All in all it is shaping up to be an interesting end to the season.

Final Score:  Crofton Saints Lions  3 - 0  Waltham Wolves Giants

Scorer for the Lions: Kai Sterne (3)

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