For the first time this season the Lions had all 15 players available for a match. Playing Westwood Wanderers Hoops in an early KO west of Reading, we started with the 11 boys who hadn’t been caught in traffic and had to weather the storm from the Hoops who set siege for the first 7-8 minutes where we could barely break from our own half. Solid defence saw us through the early exchanges and the game opened up with the Lions breaking wide, a couple of blocked shots and then the ball falling to Noah to drill the ball into the bottom left corner from the edge of the box for 1-0. With the Lions dominating midfield, Hoops were limited to breakaway attacks, a cross from some smart play down the left saw Josh P rewarded for his chase as the Hoops keeper’s clearance ricocheted into the net. Following a flurry of chance and Lions dominating, Elkin fired in for 3-0 from a break down the middle. Captain Jack then got away with a £20 fine and a deserved talking to from the ref for a bad hack on his Hoops counterpart that belonged more to South West Trains, it was so late. HT came just after we hit the bar and post - Lions were on fire and fully deserved their lead. With the Hoops living off the Lions scraps, a great break saw Rory’s ankles clipped for a penalty - which after much discussion Rory took it and missed just left of the post. A coach’s dream of a 4-goal lead arrived bang on the hour mark as Noah bagged a cheeky second after some great team passing and play. A super-bad challenge on Kobe resulted in a yellow card for the Hoops right-back, and it wasn't long until the skipper bagged his second of the day to complete the victory. A heated exchange of opinions saw the ref have a word with Sam and a Hoops player following some handbags that resulted in a 12-player melee around the centre spot before KO. Kobe then turned and fired off a 25 year shot that clipped the left upright that brought a huge gasp from the travelling fans. A late consolation goal for Hoops lifted their spirits and the last 10 mins saw a bagful of chances for both teams. Highlights for today were the Lions' control of the game, great passing, movement off the ball, wide play down the channels - but for me, the team play was great and huge energy from all 15 lads. MOTM … despite several great performances, Jack was awesome in the middle of the park in how he broke up the Hoops play, driving runs and superb distribution. And goals. Well done team - that's 4 wins on the bounce and into the top half of the table with two home games to come. Special applause and thanks go to Lee for his intrepid WhatsApp commentary!