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Stamford Lions are champions in the Peterborough and District Veterans League

Stamford Lions Veterans have been crowned champions of the Peterborough League Eastern Division to bring a close to the 10th anniversary of James Sheehan's tenure as their manager.

Lions' decisive game came when they faced Uppingham Town Veterans at the beginning of the month at Blackstones.

Both sides went into the game unbeaten but Lions edged the affair with a slender 1-0 victory courtesy of a Danny Sheehan penalty in the 70th minute which took his tally to nine goals for the veterans season.

Stamford Lions won the East Division of the Peterborough Veterans League.
Stamford Lions won the East Division of the Peterborough Veterans League.

Stamford held out for the win despite going down to 10 men with a quarter-of-an-hour to play following the dismissal of Sean Edwards.

Goalkeeper Ash Chiverton made several outstanding reflex saves to preserve his clean sheet that ensured the three points.

Lions manager Sheehan said: "In a league that includes Uppingham, Ketton and Borderville, finishing at the top is nice.

"The Uppingham game was crucial. They are the strongest side in our league, but we managed to keep them at bay and took our chance when it was presented.

"I am pleased for the lads. They have played well this season.

"These veterans leagues are not simple - games come sporadically and any day of the week so it is about getting a team together on the chosen date.

"The players have shown that commitment this term. It is a great way to complete my 10th season running the vets."

Uppingham finished as runners-up with Stamford Bels taking third place ahead of Ketton.

Glinton & Northborough finished in fifth place ahead of Bordervillarreal and King's Cliffe Exiles.

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