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1st Team - Match centre

Langney Wanderers FC
Little Common FC
W Wilkinson (34', 41', 59')
Full time
Eldridge (44'), W Tate  (75')
Sat 21 Apr 15:00 - Southern Combination Football League - Division 1 Attendance 150

Langney Win Secures Second Spot

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Langney Wanderers 3-2 Little Common FC

After a long and gruelling season, today saw the final game at home to league leaders Little Common. The game comes on the back of a poor performance against Hailsham on Tuesday. Previous encounters with Little Common this season have seen the commoners come out victors most recently in the 4-0 cup semi-final. The Wanderers needed a point to confirm their runners-up position putting the points tally beyond Lingfield.

Dommy Clark and Simon Catt returned to the side that drew with Hailsham midweek and Liam Baitup and Dan Bateman were notable absentees. The gaffer went with a more conservative system than the usual 4-4-2 preferring to play 4-5-1.

The early exchanges saw better passing from Little Common as the home side took time to settle on the ball. Little Common were happy to hit a few long balls which had worked well for them in the recent cup game, but the Langney back line and Ryan Alexander who was absent in that game won every aerial ball. As the half wore on the home side started to grow into the game and man of the match Wayne Wilkinson opened his account with a great goal from a Gary Ingram assist on the left on 34 mins. It wasn’t long before that man Wilkinson popped up again with a rare bullet header for his second on 41 mins. Disaster struck on the stroke of half-time when the away side scored direct from a corner that went through the Langney keepers hands. HT 2-1.

The early play in the second half was in Langney’s favour and the hosts managed to extend their lead on 58 mins with another good ball from the left that Wilkinson rifled home for his hatrick on the far post. Common then woke up and started to apply pressure against a well organised and disciplined Langney defence. On 75 mins the ball ping-ponged around the area with no-one able to get distance on the clearance the ball eventually falling for Wes Tate to blast in the Langney net. Last 15 saw common enjoy the possession as they huffed and puffed to break down a resilient Wanderers side, but to no avail. FT 3-2.

A deserved win to finish the season against a strong Little Common side who deserve to win the league. The 3 points sees Langney go level on points but common have +6 goal difference and a game in hand against Billingshurst next week. Wayne Wilkinson was in inspired form and has gone top of the goal scoring league with 35 (with 5 in various cups taking the tally to 40 for the season in total). A great way to sign-off on a fantastic season and confirm runners up promotion.

Managers MOTM - Wayne Wilkinson (took all three goals with clinical precision)

Twitter vote nominations - Wayne Wilkinson, Gary Ingram, Pete Featherstone & Ryan Alexander

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Key moments

34:00
Goal Wayne Wilkinson scores for Langney Wanderers FC
41:00
Goal Wayne Wilkinson scores for Langney Wanderers FC
44:00
Goal Russell Eldridge scores for Little Common FC
59:00
Goal Wayne Wilkinson scores for Langney Wanderers FC
75:00
Goal Wesley Tate scores for Little Common FC

Highlights

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90:00 Yellow Card
Simon Catt is yellow carded for Langney Wanderers FC
86:00 Sub On
Ben Tudor is substituted on for Langney Wanderers FC
86:00 Sub Off
Gary Ingram is substituted off for Langney Wanderers FC
80:00 Yellow Card
Lewis Parsons is yellow carded for Little Common FC
75:00 Goal 3 - 2
Wesley Tate scores for Little Common FC
72:00 Yellow Card
Paul Rogers is yellow carded for Langney Wanderers FC
59:00 Goal 3 - 1
Wayne Wilkinson scores for Langney Wanderers FC
45:00 Sub On
Paul Weatherby is substituted on for Langney Wanderers FC
45:00 Sub Off
Tyler Capon is substituted off for Langney Wanderers FC
End of period 1
44:00 Goal 2 - 1
Russell Eldridge scores for Little Common FC
41:00 Goal 2 - 0
Wayne Wilkinson scores for Langney Wanderers FC
41:00 Assist
Gary Ingram makes an assist for Langney Wanderers FC
34:00 Goal 1 - 0
Wayne Wilkinson scores for Langney Wanderers FC
32:00 Yellow Card
Louis Walker is yellow carded for Little Common FC
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As it happened

  • Langney Wanderers FC
  • Little Common FC
  • 0
  • Louis Walker Yellow Card 32:00'
  • Wayne Wilkinson Goal 34:00'
  • Wayne Wilkinson Goal 41:00'
  • Gary Ingram Assist 41:00'
  • Russell Eldridge Goal 44:00'
  • Tyler Capon Sub Off 45:00'
  • Paul Weatherby Sub On 45:00'
  • Wayne Wilkinson Goal 59:00'
  • Paul Rogers Yellow Card 72:00'
  • Wesley Tate Goal 75:00'
  • Lewis Parsons Yellow Card 80:00'
  • Ben Tudor Sub On 86:00'
  • Gary Ingram Sub Off 86:00'
  • Simon Catt Yellow Card 90:00'

Team selection

Little Common FC
  • 1. Matthew Cruttwell
  • 2. Louis Walker
  • 3. Lewis Parsons
  • 4. Liam Ward
  • 5. Sam Winter
  • 6. Russell Eldridge
  • 7. Wesley Tate
  • 8. Adam Smith
  • 9. Lewis Hole
  • 10. Jordan Harley
  • 11. James Maynard
  • 12. Harry Saville
  • 13. Sam Ellis
  • 14. Paul Feakins

League round up

Other Division 1 results

AFC Varndeanians
2
1
Mile Oak FC
Billingshurst FC
1
1
6
1
Southwick FC
Midhurst and Easebourne FC
2
1
2
0
Hailsham FC
2
1
Steyning Town Community FC

League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Little Common FC 34 85
2. Langney Wanderers FC 34 82
3. Lingfield FC 34 79
4. Ringmer FC 34 64
5. Wick FC 34 61
6. Mile Oak FC 34 56
7. Bexhill FC 34 55

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