Another Draw at The Lane
By Steve Roberts
Langney Wanderers 1-1 Peacehaven & Telscombe
Manager Andy Goodchild felt it was a case of two points dropped after Langney earned a 1-1 draw at home to Peacehaven & Telscombe on Tuesday evening.
Goodchild named an unchanged XI from the side that drew 0-0 at Arundel this past Saturday. The result means Langney now have three points from their opening four Southern Combination Premier fixtures having only lost once whilst securing three draws, but Goodchild says his side must pick up points more often.
“Even though our second half performance was much better, I can’t help but feel that we have thrown it away and that is two points lost,” he said.
“It was the same on Saturday at Arundel, I know we aren’t losing games, we have only lost one out of four, but we can’t just keep picking up one point here and one point there because that is just three points we have got now meaning we are down the wrong end of the table.”
Peacehaven were allowed time and space on the ball in the first half and were content to knock it around nicely in the early stages.
The first chance of the game fell to the visitors after five minutes as Reilly Grant was played through, but he hit a tame shot straight at Dan Hutchins in the Langney goal.
A few minutes later, Langney had a chance of their own when Gary Ingram found space on the right-hand side and sent in a low cross that found Wayne Wilkinson, but a heavy first touch allowed a Peacehaven defender to recover.
On 13 minutes, Ingram found space out wide again and delivered another low cross that was inches away from connecting with the outstretched leg of Max Hollobone.
Shortly after, Hutchins was called into action again and duly made a fine double save, firstly parrying a fizzing shot from distance before smothering the rebound.
Both sides created a few half chances in the remaining minutes of the first-half, including headers from set pieces that either went high, wide or safely into the opposing goalkeepers’ hands.
The Wanderers started the second period much brighter and created a few good chances that were wasted before talisman Wayne Wilkinson struck just before the hour mark.
Peacehaven, as they had done throughout the first half, left Wilkinson one on one with the last defender on the half way line for a corner and this time, Langney punished them.
The ball in fell to a Langney body and was quickly cleared upfield for Wilkinson to chase. The Langney forward showed great strength to muscle past his man, who went down with a desperate look to the referee for a whistle for a foul that never came. Wilkinson, meanwhile, ran clean through and rounded the goalkeeper well before slotting home left footed, from a tight angle, past two onrushing defenders.
With thirteen minutes to play, Peacehaven won a free-kick in a dangerous area that resulted in a yellow card for Ryan Alexander for an accumulation of fouls.
Sidney Adams made the score 1-1 with a great free-kick that dipped over the wall and past a helpless Hutchins into the bottom right-corner.
FULL TIME 1-1
“I thought we played very well in the second half,” said Goodchild.
“We asked them to press higher up the pitch after sitting off them in the first half in order to suss them out and I thought we were good for the win. We had chances tonight, the same as on Saturday and so I would have to be more worried if we weren’t creating anything, but we have got to be more clinical at this level. I thought we cut them open second half.”
Next up for the Wanderers is a re-match against Peacehaven, again at Priory Lane, this Saturday 25th August, in the Peter Bentley Challenge Cup and Goodchild has already confirmed he will be experimenting with his squad.
“It will be a completely different side out on Saturday,” he said.
“We are going to give a few players some game time and it is a chance for us to have a look at the players who are training but haven’t made the squad as of yet or I haven’t had a chance to have a look at them. We will rest a lot of the players that played tonight for Monday at Uckfield. The league has to be the priority along with the FA Vase and the Sussex Senior Cup. I’m not saying that I am throwing the Peter Bentley Cup away, but I need to look at some other players and with two games over the bank holiday weekend it is the perfect opportunity to do so.”
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