Poor Day at the Office
By Steve Roberts
East Preston 2-1 Langney Wanderers
It was a cold blustery day at the Lashmar , though not nearly as cold as the Wanderers first half performance.
Langney started with another new formation of 4-3-3 and things couldn't have got off to worse start when Peter Featherstone handled the ball on the line inside 2 minutes to give East Preston a penalty. Luckily Pete only received a yellow card and not a red, Jack Barnes stepped up to bury the resulting penalty past Dan Hutchins.
Wanderers started to get going with Gary Ingram causing problems down the right, but this was short lived as an organised and skillful East Preston team started to dominate. Gary Ingram was switched to the left to help out against the electric Lucas Pattenden who was causing problems with his pace.
The 4-3-3 soon became a forced 4-5-1 with Trevor McCreadie cutting a lonely furrow up front, the East Preston 9 & 10 were causing problems at the other end as we were carved open all to often and easily. If it hadn't been for the excellent Dan Hutchins in goal the game could have been done well before half-time.
East Preston got there just reward for an excellent first half performance on 44 minutes. Langney didn't deal with an easy ball which resulted in East Preston regaining possession in a dangerous position, the ball was then worked excellently to create space down the right, they pulled it back to the edge of the box for David Beaney to finish with aplomb in the bottom corner.
Half time couldn't come quicker enough for Langney as we looked lost in this formation, we were second to everything, as much to do with East Preston's desire and are lack of it..
Wanderers came out brighter second half as we reverted to 4-4-2 with Paul Rogers pushing forward to help Trevor McCreadie. We then finally started to create some chances with Max Hollobone firing high after some good work to set him up. Tyler Capon and Gary Ingram both also started to get more joy down the flanks with Paul Rogers starting to play a more pivotal role in attack.
Despite the increased threat East Preston still looked comfortable and a threat on the break, it took a good save from Dan Hutchins to deny a stunning overhead kick from Jakob Heryet on 63 minutes. Tyler Capon then had our best chance to score on 75 minutes when set through but was denied by an excellent save from Brighton loanee keeper George Bentley.
On 85 minutes we then got a lifeline when captain Paul Rogers headed in from 6 yards, this would lead to a tense final 5 minutes. East Preston started to look jittery as Langney pushed for the equalizer, but sadly time was against us and the final whistle blew.
After dismal first half performance we could have got back in it and snatched a draw in the end, but I think that would've been harsh on East Preston who for most of the game looked calm, assured and played some excellent football at times.
From our point of view we didn't start well enough and were second to everything, especially the second ball. Things don't get any easier with the visit of high flying Horsham YMCA to Priory Lane next time out. Onwards & Upwards for Langney in what is proving to be a very tight Premier Division with not a huge amount of difference between most of the teams in the league.
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