In their first game of the season London took on defending champions King’s Lynn at The Den with high hopes of a good performance following a rigorous pre-season.
The game started well for the hosts who dominated possession in the opening 10 minutes. However it was the visitors who struck first from a counter attack. London then made a couple of tactical changes, but this allowed Lynn to control the ball a bit more and get themselves more of an impact on the game – a deflected effort from distance doubled the visitors’ lead before London sloppily lost the ball on the halfway line to allow Lynn to counter again and stretch their lead to three. London continued their pressing game however and started to add a bit more fire to their attack for which they were rewarded through Rodrigo Carvalho. Despite a number of late chances London were behind at half-time, 1-3. London were disappointed with a game they were controlling, but were too slow in attack and paid the price for three moments where they lost concentration.
This spurred London on who came out of the traps fast in the second half, but showed too much naivety, allowing Lynn to score another counter attack as they pressed forward. London did return with a second goal as Daniele Biancardi converted from the spot, but they couldn’t make their dominance pay as they allowed Lynn a fifth through some woeful defending. Inaki Arroyo then netted as London continued their fightback to take the score to 5-3, but from this point the more London pressed, the more Lynn looked to slow the game down and London played right into their hands. King’s Lynn grabbed a further two goals from behind the goal, leaving London with no choice but to go gung-ho. From this point Lynn picked London off who could only manage 2 in return. London were left to rue what was a very lazy and ill-disciplined performance, but stayed together after the game for some social bonding and ready to tackle their next opponents.
Starting 5: Milne, Nualart, De Figueiredo, Arroyo, Biancardi – Perez, Seal-Driver, Maruszak (C), Carvalho – Coach: Gisbert
Lanware MOTM: Inaki Arroyo