Knebworth play well but lose to title-chasers London Lions
PUBLISHED: 17:26 24 February 2009 | UPDATED: 21:54 26 October 2009
Herts Senior County League Premier Division Knebworth 1 London Lions 2 KNEBWORTH put in one of their best performances of the season as they narrowly lost 2-1 to title-chasers London Lions. The visitors may well have been expecting a walk in the park and
Herts Senior County League Premier Division
Knebworth 1 London Lions 2
KNEBWORTH put in one of their best performances of the season as they narrowly lost 2-1 to title-chasers London Lions.
The visitors may well have been expecting a walk in the park and a cricket score against the struggling K's, but they were in for a shock.
The hosts dominated the first 10 minutes, forcing four corners.
One was cleared off the line by defender Ben Ellis and another tipped away from the top corner by a superb Matt Davis save.
Knebworth just couldn't find the back of the net.
The midfield trio of Brad Watt, Danny Hilliard and Jake Adamson controlled the game for much of the first half, never allowing Lions time or space to create going forward.
The hosts eventually found a way through five minutes before the interval with a well-worked move.
Danny Hilliard broke down the left, centred for Dave Herbert to lay back into the path of Jake Adamson, who crashed the ball past Lions keeper Davis.
The visitors equalised a minute later when Dominique Cheniart pounced on a defensive slip from the otherwise faultless Tom Martin and his speculative effort slipped past Christo Bouche in the K's goal.
Knebworth struggled to reassert themselves in the second half and endured a long spell of pressure from their higher placed opponents.
But they never looked like conceding as the back four of Sam Harte, Richard Boydell, Aaron Miles and Martin held firm.
The K's looked good for their first point since the end of October, but it was not to be as Aron Barnes forced home a winner for Lions in added time, leaving Knebworth heartbroken.
Seventeen-year-old goalscorer Jake Adamson took the AD Bly Construction man-of-the-match award for another dominating display in midfield.
Hopefully this is something to build on and the K's can chalk up another win soon.
Meanwhile, the Reserves also fell victim to a last-minute goal at Sarratt, drawing 2-2.
Having led through strikes from Luke Camilleri and Ashley Kersey, the boys' concentration lapsed late on and gifted their hosts a somewhat fortunate point.