Captain Rogers rescues a point for the Wanderers
By Steve Roberts
Langney Wanderers 2-2 Shoreham
Match Report by Ryan Newman
Manager Andy Goodchild felt it was a case of another two points dropped after the Wanderers were held 2-2 by Shoreham at Priory Lane.
The fixture saw new signings Adam Davidson and Ajani Crawford make their debuts for the club. Paul Weatherby returned from injury to take his place in the starting XI whilst the Wanderers had attacking options on the bench with the likes of Gary Ingram, Tyler Capon and Casey Ham named among the substitutes.
Langney started on the front foot but the first chance of the game fell to the visitors when Martin Mutungi was played in behind, but his right footed shot was dragged across goal and struck the post. The rebound fell kindly for Shoreham captain Ross Myers, but his effort was magnificently blocked on the line by Davidson.
Langney fashioned a chance of their own two minutes later when Max Hollobone’s great delivery found the head of Wayne Wilkinson but his effort was wide of the target.
Billy Pout then struck a fierce drive from distance straight at Mitchell Bromage in the Shoreham goal before Langney goalkeeper Dan Hutchins made two good saves in two minutes from Shoreham striker Stefan Joseph.
Wilkinson would then miss a glorious chance for the Wanderers as Hutchins’ long kick would clear the entire Shoreham defence, but his half volley effort slammed against the post.
However, just a minute later, Wilkinson latched onto Luke Denton’s delightful chipped pass before rounding the goalkeeper and smashing home from close range to give Langney a deserved lead.
Shoreham had a chance to make an immediate response when Denton made a hash of a volleyed clearance, but Joseph made a hash of his shot and put his effort wide.
Shoreham were level seven minutes after the restart as Mutungi drove to the byline before cutting the ball back to Andrew Dalhouse who’s shot across goal was turned home by Joseph.
The following spell saw Langney struggle to retain possession and continuously giving the ball away in their own half. The visitors punished Langney with twenty minutes to go when Dalhouse was allowed space to turn inside the box and fire home left footed from a tight angle into the roof of the net to give Shoreham a 1-2 lead.
Both sides would miss subsequent chances as the game opened up with Shoreham looking to kill the game and Langney looking to haul themselves back in it.
Langney had their equaliser with ten minutes remaining as Paul Rogers was gifted time and space on the edge of the box before unleashing a powerful strike that flew into the bottom-left corner from 25-yards out.
Langney were in the ascendency now and pushing for a winner until substitute Ryan Alexander landed awkwardly from an aerial dual. Langney had already made their three substitutions by this time and so the Wanderers were forced to see out the remainder of the game with ten men.
“That was definitely two points lost,” said a deflated Goodchild.
“We are drawing too many games after being in a leading position. I thought we played very well in the first half, I was very pleased with the performance. I thought we moved and retained the ball very well and they did everything that we asked of them. We scored a good goal and we had a couple of decent other chances.
“We rode our luck on a couple of occasions and in the second half we were struggling to retain the ball and we got punished on a couple of occasions where we were giving the ball away too easily and then all of a sudden, we have woken up again.
“They had their spell and got their second goal and then I thought we got back on our game, but we’ve got to be a bit better and get a bit more consistent. Other teams will inevitably have a spell, but we need to react to that spell and keep control of the game.
“It didn’t help that we made two attacking substitutions in Gary Ingram and Tyler Capon to try and get at them in wide areas and then Ryan Alexander got injured, but he’s just rolled his ankle, it’s nothing serious.”
Next up for Langney is the visit of Newhaven to Priory Lane on Tuesday 18th September, 7:45pm kick off. Newhaven boast one of the deadliest strike forces in County League football with talisman Lee Robinson already bagging seven goals this term, and so Langney will have to be solid defensively if they are to secure their first win of the campaign.
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