Lancers beat Langney 4-1 at Culver Road
By Jack Taylor
Saturday was Family Day at Culver Road, with our youth players seeing an impressive 4-1 home win from Pulling's side.
Lancing 4 Langney Wanderers 1
It was quite a memorable day at Culver Road as Lancing F.C. hosted a family day with opportunities for many youngsters to show off their football skills and join in with the seniors as they were going through their warm up routines. It was also another opportunity to mark the passing of Mike Clark with a minute’s applause before the teams kicked off.
Mark Pulling kept the same outfield that picked up a point against Peacehaven and Telscombe but he introduced Ben Purkis in goal as a reward for his hard work in training and for his patience in waiting for an opportunity to start. Matt Evans has been in commanding form in goal but was understanding in acknowledging the reasons for Ben being selected.
The day was to belong to Jonathan Lansdale who was a threat with his incredible long throw ins and from dead ball kicks and secured his first hat trick since joining the Lancers. Langney looked very lively from the start and had good pace down the flanks. An early corner from Langney led to a backheel flick which provided the first test for Ben Purkis who saved comfortably.
At the other end, Jonathan Lansdale put Michael Death through and it needed a good save from the visiting keeper to prevent Lancing taking the lead. Play was switching from end to end with Mike Williamson and Dean Stewart-Hunter making probing runs. One such run by Mike saw him being brought down. A fierce freekick by Jon Lansdale was heading for the top corner before an excellent save by Daniel Hutchins led to a Lancing two successive Lancing corners. From the second Jonathan Lansdale got his head to the ball from close range to give Lancing the lead on 19 minutes.
This was quickly followed a few minutes later with the award of a penalty to Lancing which was confidently converted by Jon Lansdale. On 29 minutes, Langney got themselves back in the game when Ben Purkis was wrong footed with a shot from Joe Summerbells, which he looked to have covered only to be beaten by a deflection. A good break down the left by Matt Daniel gave him the opportunity to pick out Michael Death with a cross into the six yard box. Michael, with his back to the goal, contrived a backward flick which flew narrowly over.
It took Lancing a little over 5 minutes to increase their lead when Matt Daniel beat the offside trap and fire into the bottom corner. On 60 minutes the hardworking Finlay Pittock was injured and replaced by Stephen Jackson. Ben Purkis was then called into action getting down well to save a goalbound shot. Jonathan Lansdale continued to play a decisive role in creating openings as he put Michael Death through once more only for him to be fouled and a penalty awarded. Jonathan Lansdale’s second penalty was hit straight at Daniel Hutchins but the power was too much for him and the ball rebounded to Jon who calmly stroked it home.
With 15 minutes to go new signing Callum Jenkins came on for Josh Clayman and finally Noah Dudok van Heel replaced Dean Stewart -Hunter who had run himself into the ground. Ben Purkis made another good save but Lancing saw the game out to achieve their biggest win for some time.
Langney posed quite a challenge with direct attacking approach and were looking dangerous at times breaking forward quickly, but Lancing showed good defensive discipline, with midfield players dropping back to help out when needed. Three points keep Lancing in 13th spot, narrowly behind Hassocks and Peacehaven.
Not much doubt about my man of the match: Jonathan Lansdale.