View Dave Wilmott's report from Saturday's 4-1 victory against Peacehaven here.
Lancing Starting XI
Mitch Bromage, Adam Hunt, Harrison Parker, Liam Hendy, James Waters, Ebou Jallow, Finn Daniels -Yeoman, Darius Goldsmith, Mo Juwara, Ben Connolly, Matt Daniel
George Mitchell-Phillips, Dave Sharman, Mitch Hewens, Ben Whitmore, Conrad Honore
Some changes for Lancing for the away fixture at Piddinghoe Ave. against Peacehaven Will Berry, Josh Gould and Josh Coupar were not in the squad. Harrison Parker was back alongside Liam Hendy. James Waters lined up at left back with Mo Juwara on the left in front of him. Finn Daniels-Yeoman returned to the midfield. Although some of Lancing’s regular supporters were not present for good reason, it was still heartening to see a good number braving the blustery conditions to support the team.
Peacehaven included two former Lancers in their team, Liam Benson and Alex Spinks Typical Peacehaven conditions greeted the players. A cold strong wind was at Lancing’s back as they kicked off. Mo Juwara was full of running and determination. He combined with Ebou in the opening minutes leading to a dangerous cross which forced keeper Harry Mills to tip it over the cross bar for a corner. Mo took every opportunity to take defenders on backed up by James Waters, in an unusual role at left back. Both Liam Hendy and Harrison Parker were showing good composure bring the ball out of defence and exploiting the space in front of them. Harrison showed good enterprise advancing as far as the opposition box and testing Mills with a shot which, for the second time forced him to push over the cross bar. James was showing his ball winning capabilities. A strong tackle won him the ball and he set Mo on a goal wards run, which Mo finished with a strike towards the near post, which again forced Mills to react quickly.
Callum Edwards came close for Peacehaven after cutting inside and unleashing a powerful strike which was deflected wide for a corner. Conditions made life difficult for goal keepers but Mitch Bromage got his fists to the ball as it came across the goal from the corner and punched it well clear. Mitch was to display extremely safe handling throughout the game giving great confidence to his back four.
The breakthrough came for Lancing on 36 minutes. James Waters floated a free kick from the right, to wide of the far post. Ebou was well positioned to get his head to the ball and place towards the far upright. The ball appeared to be heading in but a little wind assistance helped it on its way.
At the 30-minute point, a positional switch saw Mo occupying the right wing and Matt Daniel the left. With his first touch of the ball, Mo beat his full back on the outside, before hitting a perfect low cross, which Matt anticipated and reaching the ball first, tapped the ball in from close range.
Stung by this, Peacehaven pressed forward and made good use of a free kick but Lancing managed to get bodies in the way and keep a clean sheet at half time.
Peacehaven made a couple of changes for the second half. Liam Benson, who had made James work hard to contain his pacy runs, stood down for Matthew Cheesman and Jake Legrange made way for Curtis Ford. Peacehaven began the half with all-out effort to get back in the game but they were almost undone in the first few minutes when Ebou seized upon a misplaced pass across the edge of the box and hit a first-time effort which Harry Mills did well to reach with an outstretched arm. Adam Hunt showed that he could attack as well as defend and tried his luck with a drive from over 25 yards but Harry Mills pulled off another good save pushing the ball over the cross bar.
Mitch Hewens replaced Mo Juwara with just over 25 minutes to go. So, no respite for Peacehaven defenders!! Within a couple of minutes Lancing looked to have put the game beyond Peacehaven. Ben Connolly was quick to capitalise on an error as Harry Mills was trying to play the ball out from the back and planted the ball into the empty net.
Peacehaven made their final substitution with about 20 minutes to go, when Luyolo Mafu came on for Cameron Wiltshire. Shortly afterward George Mitchell-Phillips had his chance at the expense of Ben Connolly.
Peacehaven got themselves what would only prove to be a consolation goal on 83 minutes when Liam Hendy was adjudged to have brought Callum Edwards down, a foul deemed to be worthy of a penalty. Tyler Scranton made no mistake from the spot.
Lancing were not content to run down the clock and soon restored their three-goal lead, when Matt Daniel was put through by Ebou to round of the scoring with his second. There was just time for Dave Sharman to add to his impressive tally of appearances for Lancing by replacing James Waters for the last few minutes.
A convincing score line for Lancing but not an easy game. The first half illustrated the difficulty of playing with a strong wind at your back. Some searching passes beyond the Peacehaven defence looked to be perfectly placed only for the wind to take hold and take the ball out of reach. Mitch Bromage saw plenty of the ball, even though he did not have many difficult shots to deal with. But there were plenty of occasions when he had to collect high balls swirling in the wind and come off his line quickly to grab the ball.
The Peacehaven midfield were combative throughout but Finn, Darius and Ebou matched them and got on top. A fine display by James at full back and some good play up front with Matt getting two and Ben also on the score sheet. Despite changes to the back four strength in depth was on display and they looked a solid unit.
MOM goes to Finn Daniels-Yeoman. Covered so much ground in midfield. Supported in defence and attack, and strong in the tackle.
Another tough game coming up as we welcome Horley Town to Culver Road on Tuesday.
Report by: Dave Wilmott
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