High fives as Tring tame Lions

Martin Skinner clashes with Kyle Bentwood of London Lions before both were red carded
Martin Skinner clashes with Kyle Bentwood of London Lions before both were red carded
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Trevor Gibbs struck twice as Tring Athletic thumped London Lions 5-0 at The Grass Roots Stadium on a wet and windy Saturday afternoon.

Chris Vardy, Martin Skinner and Vinnie Iannone were also on target for a ruthless Athletic side who showed no mercy to the struggling Lions.

The hosts dominated proceedings from the off and took the lead after just six minutes when livewire winger Vardy lobbed the Lions keeper with aplomb following a defensive mix-up.

And the hosts increased their advantage just three minutes later as Skinner won a header and fed the ball out to Iannone whose deep cross found Skinner at the far post to head into an open goal.

Athletic were bossing the game with a strong wind behind them and Skinner nearly scored again but his clever lob hit the bar.

With 18 minutes gone Athletic bagged their third goal – Iannone proving too strong for a defender before firing low and hard into the corner of the net.

Lions were finding it tough and were making a number of mistakes which allowed Athletic to keep possession, but with 25 minutes gone the referee showed straight red cards to Skinner and Lions’ Kyle Bentwood after a clash.

Undeterred, Athletic made it 4-0 in the 31st minute as Gibbs picked his way through the Lions defence and played a one-two with Matt Myers on the edge of the area before rounding the keeper and slotting the ball into an open goal.

And the hosts made sure of the win in the 70th minute as Vardy was brought down in the area by the keeper, allowing Gibbs to step up and dispatch the resulting penalty.

With time nearly up, Athletic put together an excellent move and Vardy saw a fine effort deflected wide for a corner.

Next up for Tring is a derby clash with Dacorum rivals Berkhamsted at Broadwater on Saturday, 3pm kick-off.

With both sides in good form it promises to be a cracking game to end 2013.

The Berko squad could be at full strength apart from the suspended Dale Sears, as Jamie Gavin and Dan Griggs should have recovered from hamstring and flu problems with Lewis Rodrigoe and Ben Butler also available to add to the squad.

The Tring Athletic Reserves, meanwhile, have it all to play for after drawing 1-1 with Camberley Town in the first leg of their League Shield tie.

The game was played in awful conditions and Camberley took the lead after 25 minutes when a looping corner was taken over the line by the wind.

Undeterred, Tring continued to battle hard for the remainder of the game and earned an 86th-minute equaliser as Lewis Elliot saw his shot parried into the path of Carl Harrison, who clipped the ball home.