SPARTAN SOUTH MIDLANDS LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION
St Margaretsbury 2
London Tigers 0
A WOEFUL first half condemned London Tigers to a fifth defeat their first seven league games on Saturday.
Tigers sit just two off the bottom after this defeat to St Margaretsbury in which ill-luck and ill-discipline both played a part, but in truth with better finishing the hosts would have been out of sight by the interval.
The visitors improved after the break, but had left themselves too much to do.
Things went wrong for Tigers from the eighth minute when Ricky Light’s free-kick deceived Arlys Pampolim and then bounced in off Guram Gurameshvili for an own goal.
Another set piece doubled the lead on the half hour. Pampolin did well to keep out the initial shot from Samson King, but with the defence slow to react Light seized on the rebound to make it 2-0.
As frustrations grew Tigers’ management team were sent from the dugout for dissent.
The second half was a different story with Jabir Laraba heading over a Shaun Clarke cross before later bursting through and rounding the keeper only for home defender Michael Cooper to throw himself in front of the eventual shot and block the ball to safety.
Tigers also struck wood from a set piece, but there was no way back.