As Shaun wandered round Cambridge looking for the pitch, George was already busy fetching balls out the bushes.
The Lions took to the field for their 5th season in the CDFL, with many old faces back from the past as the Harris duo returned, along with Paul. Whether that is a good thing or not, we’re still not sure. The game started with the Cygnets on the attacking foot, but it wasn’t long before Will played a nice one-two and Harv slotted under the keeper to get the Lions off to a start.
Preece joined Shaun at Centre Back in a new pairing this season, the lunge is no more and the ‘throw yourself into every challenge’ approach seems to be the replacement. The might Dougliath was another return, with both Greg and Cam playing in the centre of midfield, at the same time, together. Just let that sink in for a while.
J managed to score the second after a blocked clearance was slotted into the corner, and he wasn’t finished. After Jez saw a ball loop over his head and another somehow find the net, J made it 3-2 with a scrappy but essential goal. George kicked a few more balls in the hedge, Paul made a few more challenges and Iain shanked a couple more from wing to wing. The standout performance came from Will, a lively show in an attacking midfield position.
Then changes were made, Iain was moved up top to see if he could equal J’s tally of 2, and boy could he. A mazy run and a one touch finish finished a lovely 4th for the Lions. Somewhere in there we conceded another two, Will’s presence in goal perhaps lacking, definitely lacking. Fortunately his goal kicks made up for it.
Iain then decided to nutmeg a defender and curl another in the net. A battle for the number 9 starting to emerge. Shaun and Preece continued to battle well, Greg and Cam doing the same. The 2nd half was a scrappy affair and was 5-5 with ten minutes to go. Jez used his one trick to fool at least 3 defenders in a row, and George was brought on to go one on one with their centre forward, getting the better of him in each encounter.
A corner deflected off a Cygnets player to make it 6-5 Lions and wrap up the 3 points, there was still time for George to wind up their striker a bit more, before loud mouth Greg had to get involved. Cam will be telling ‘mummy’ I’m sure.
Preece and Iain both were in contention for man of the match, but we know Iain can score, the bewilderingly decent performance of Preece gifted him the award.