We travel the 24 miles to Broadbridge Heath tomorrow knowing that securing a play off place remains very much in our own hands and the Yellow and Blue army will hope that manager Dave Altendorff’s boys will get back to winning ways in this local derby. The Bears visited Culver Road in November when Lancing ran out 2-1 winners with first half goals from Charlie Bennett and Lukas Franzen-Jones giving us a comfortable first half but Jamie Chesworth pulled one back for the visitors giving the majority of the 317 crowd a nervous final 20 minutes but the Lancers held on and took all three points.

Lancing currently sit in 4th place on 51 points after 29 games whereas our opponents are 13th on 31 points after 28 games. This is the Bears first season in the Isthmian League and they are showing that they are coming to terms with the step up. After initially struggling they have risen from 18th in the last few weeks following some notable results, including consecutive home wins against Three Bridges, Littlehampton and Erith and a 6-6 draw against Merstham!

The form guide shows Broadbridge Heath sitting in 9th place with three wins and three defeats from their last 6 games and Lancing sit 12th with 2 wins and a draw from the same period. Top scorers for the Bears are Mason Doughty with 8 and Tad Bromage with 6 and for Lancing two players have hit double figures, Charlie Bennett having scored 10 and Lukas Franzen-Jones having hit the back of the net 19 times. Lancing fans can expect to see a couple of familiar faces in the Broadbridge Heath line up with ex-Lancers Kyle Sim and Ash Mutongerwa both regularly featuring in the starting line-up.

Entrance is £10 for adults, £6 for concessions and £2 for U16s.