Lancing 1 - 0 Shoreham
By Jack Taylor
The Lancers battled well for the 3 points on Saturday!
Former manager John Sharman chose the right game to act as match sponsor as Lancing came out on top in their home local derby against Shoreham F.C.
A biting, strong cold wind made for difficult conditions. Lancing were looking more of a threat with play down the flanks. Josh Clayman was feeding Finlay Pittock with some penetrating passes down the right. Finlay was cutting inside with bags of pace. On the other side there was some intelligent play between Louis Pittock and Matt Daniel. Making a return to Culver Road was Jack Rowe-Hurst but he got very little change out of the inspirational skipper Alex Bygraves, and his fellow centre back Liam Hendy, showing his versatility standing in for the absent Dave Sharman.
It was fitting that Finlay Pittock created the opportunity for Matt Daniel with a good run and cross which found Matt Daniel with his back to the goal in the penalty area. Matt brought the ball under control in an instant and turned superbly before picking his spot to the keeper's left to put Lancing one up after 18 minutes.
Josh Clayman and Finlay Pittock continued to pose a threat down the right but it was Jon Lansdale who came closest to increasing Lancing's lead with a fierce drive which the Shoreham keeper did well to parry away for a corner.
Shoreham raised their game in the second half but found a solid defence in their way and a goalkeeper, Matt Evans determined to keep a clean sheet. Dean Stewart Hunter, Mike Williamson and Jon Lansdale worked their socks off closing players down in midfield. Noah Dudok van Heel, Callum Wells and Nicholas Di Arienzo all came on to provide fresh legs in the closing stages.
Lancing came close to adding a second after a mazy run by Josh Clayman saw him pull the ball back from the bye line to Nicholas but his shot was too high. A valuable three points in the end and several contenders for man of the match but by general consensus, it was awarded to Josh Clayman.