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Crawley Down Gatwick
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Sat 6 Apr 14:00 - Southern Combination Football League - Premier Division Attendance 70

Lancing 0 - 1 Crawley Down Gatwick


The Lancers struggled to make it 3 wins on a trot, following Saturday's defeat to Crawley Down Gatwick.

Lancing 0 - 1 Crawley Down Gatwick

After two away wins against lower opposition, Lancing faced a home game against Crawley Down Gatwick, lying four places above them in the table. Lancing fielded an attacking line up again as they looked to secure a double as they beat their visitors 2-1 in the away fixture, earlier in the season.

Dan Turner and Nicholas Di Arienzo were unavailable, but Mike Williamson, Louis Pittock and Josh Clayman were back. Dave Sharman continued at right back with Josh Clayman lining up in front of him, completing an energetic midfield trio with Mike Williamson and Noah Dudok van Heel.

Lancing were looking to use the pace of Daniel Momah to catch Crawley Down cold in the early stages but frequently passes were slightly over hit. The visitors were themselves breaking forward quickly and were putting the Lancing defence under pressure. Matt Evans made a good save from a close range shot and Liam Hendy twice came to his side's rescue to clear danger before it was Lancing's turn to apply some pressure.

A free kick was awarded for a foul on the right touchline. Michael Death's deep cross into the six yard box was only half cleared by the keeper. The ball ran to Matt Daniel on the left whose attempted cross was block for a corner. He played the ball to Mike Williamson who floated the ball high into the box. Josh Clayman was close to making contact but could not get a shot away. Both sides were working hard to win possession. Mike Williamson, in particular, was giving the opposition midfield no time to settle on the ball. Daniel Momah was chasing down defenders and making life difficult for them. Dave Sharman and Josh Clayman were combining well on the right hand side for Lancing.

Crawley Down were quick to counter attack and Matt Evans was called into action twice. First, with a good save forcing the ball wide for a corner. Secondly by racing from his line to make a vital tackle near his right touchline.

The second half began with some end to end football. Crawley Down had an early strike on goal, which drifted wide and,at the other end, Dave Sharman and Josh Clayman worked themselves into a good position leading to a foul on Josh. Michael Death's free kick was well struck but was comfortably cleared. It was the turn of Crawley Down to win a free kick out wide, near the bye line. The ball was hit low and hard and seemed to go through a number of players before catching Liam Hendy unawares and entering the net via his knee and the upright with the second half barely 5 minutes old.

Lancing looked to bounce back quickly. Daniel Momah mis-kicked with the goal gaping. Matt Daniel tested the keeper who pulled off a good save and Michael Death fired narrowly wide. Finley Pittock replaced Josh Clayman hand Neil Munday came on for Michael Death on 60 minutes.

Finlay was soon actively involved and getting into good forward positions on the right hand side. With 15 minutes to go Kieran Small, one of the star performers for the Lancing under 18 cup winning side, scoring twice in midweek, replaced Noah Dudok van Heel. Lancing kept up the pressure and a great turn by Matt Daniel in the box deserved better as his shot flew narrowly wide. Neil Munday worked himself into a good position but, again, his shot was just wide of the upright.

Try as they might, Lancing just fell short by not being able to find the net despite creating some good opportunities. It was tough for players and supporters to lose by such a scruffy goal. There were a number of excellent performances from our players. Mike Williamson ran himself into the ground. Noah competed for every ball. Josh did well on the right of midfield.

The back four were solid and gave little away and every player gave his all. Could not be faulted for their hard work. Another difficult decision, but we selected Liam Hendy as our MOM. Liam made some really important tackles and showed great composure with timely interventions and faultless passing out of defence.

Dave Wilmott

Liam Hendy

Player of the Match

Liam Hendy

Key moments

Goal Goal for Crawley Down Gatwick


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89:00 Yellow Card
Louis Pittock is yellow carded for Lancing
88:00 Missed Shot
Neil Munday misses a shot for Lancing
84:00 Missed Shot
Matt Daniel misses a shot for Lancing
80:00 Missed Shot
Shot missed for Crawley Down Gatwick
75:00 Sub On
Kieran Small is substituted on for Lancing
75:00 Sub Off
Noah Dudok van Heel is substituted off for Lancing
62:00 Sub On
Finley Pittock is substituted on for Lancing
62:00 Sub On
Neil Munday is substituted on for Lancing
62:00 Sub Off
Joshua Clayman is substituted off for Lancing
62:00 Sub Off
Michael Death is substituted off for Lancing
52:00 Goal 0 - 1
Goal for Crawley Down Gatwick
46:00 Kickoff
Crawley Down Gatwick kick off
End of period 1
35:00 Saved Shot
Shot saved for Crawley Down Gatwick
8:00 Saved Shot
Shot saved for Crawley Down Gatwick
1:00 Kickoff
Lancing kick off
End of period
Player of the Match
Liam Hendy is awarded player of the match for Lancing
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Lancing
  • Crawley Down Gatwick
  • 0
  • Goal 52:00'
  • Finley Pittock Sub On 62:00'
  • Neil Munday Sub On 62:00'
  • Joshua Clayman Sub Off 62:00'
  • Michael Death Sub Off 62:00'
  • Kieran Small Sub On 75:00'
  • Noah Dudok van Heel Sub Off 75:00'
  • Louis Pittock Yellow Card 89:00'

Team selection

Evans, Matt Evans, Matt
Sharman, Dave Sharman, Dave
Pittock, Louis Pittock, Louis
Momah, Daniel Momah, Daniel
Bygraves, Alex Bygraves, Alex
Hendy, Liam Hendy, Liam
Dudok van Heel, Noah Dudok van Heel, Noah
Williamson, Mike Williamson, Mike
Death, Michael Death, Michael
Daniel, Matt Daniel, Matt
Clayman, Joshua Clayman, Joshua
Crawley Down Gatwick
  • 1. Andy Freaves
  • 2. Billy Wraight
  • 3. Josh Martin
  • 4. Sam Packham
  • 5. Blair Cooney
  • 6. Marc Pelling
  • 7. Nick Sullivan
  • 8. Josh Brown
  • 9. Ollie Broad
  • 10. Oli Leslie
  • 11. Michael Wood
  • 12. Andy Loodwin
  • 13. Lewis Croal
  • 14. Sam Cane
  • 15. James Day

League round up

Other Premier Division results

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Eastbourne Town
Horsham YMCA


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League table

# Team Pl Pts
11. Pagham 38 45
12. Hassocks 38 44
13. Lancing 38 43
14. East Preston 38 41
15. Langney Wanderers 38 37
16. Little Common 38 35
17. Loxwood 38 31

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