On Saturday 10th April, Wembley hosted Larkspur Rovers FC in their first match of the year. Unfortunately due to the lockdown regulations, the friendly had to be contested behind closed doors, meaning no supporters were permitted to attend.
Wembley FC got off to a slow start, which was to be expected as the players had been out of competitive action for a fair few months. Larkspur had the better of the chances in the opening 15 minutes of the game, attempting to contain and then counter The Lions.
However, when Wembley settled into the tie, it was clear that a goal was coming and on the 21st minute, they broke the deadlock. A fantastic through ball, followed by a simple pass across the box, lead to a tap in for the opener.
The rest of the first half was comfortable enough, with Wembley continuing to break down the Larkspur defence and create chances. Just before the break, The Lions doubled their lead. A delightful cross whipped in from the left-hand flank was beautifully controlled and slotted carefully past the goalkeeper’s flailing attempts.
The second half was far more even than the first, with both sides trading glorious opportunities.
Five minutes after the restart, the clouds decided it was time to open and rain poured down to the pitch; this seemed to slightly unsettle The Lions.
A fairly quiet rest of the half ended in style when three minutes from the end Larkspur Rovers managed to force themselves onto the scoresheet.
A low drilled strike from the edge of the box curled round the helpless Wembley keeper into the bottom right-hand corner.
Larkspur rushed to restart the match once more, but their late attempts to seek an equaliser were thwarted quickly by the referee’s full-time whistle.
Overall a strong performance from The Lions to blow-off rusty cobwebs once more.