Derby Day Drama
By Steve Roberts
Langney Wanderers 3-1 Eastbourne United
Report By Ryan Newman
Two second half wonder goals from Tariq Straker and Paul Weatherby saw the Wanderers run out 3-1 winners against neighbours Eastbourne United at Priory Lane.
It was the visitors who started off strongest in the inaugural league meeting between the sides, and they deservedly took the lead after just 12 minutes when a corner was only half cleared and fell kindly for Dan Rogers to fire into the bottom corner from the edge of the area, cutting across the ball beautifully.
The game then took a turn for the worse just before the half-hour mark when a regulatory foul resulted in a melee between both sets of players and lots of pushing and shoving. At the end of it all, Langney’s Trevor McCreadie was sent off for an alleged stamp on a United player and United’s Charlie Ball saw red for throwing a punch at McCreadie.
United continued to press throughout the first-half and Langney had to rely on a few good saves from goalkeeper Dan Hutchins to stay just the one goal behind.
The Wanderers would have been glad to get in 0-1 down but they went one better as, on the stroke of half-time, Max Hollobone played a delightful ball over the top for captain Paul Rogers who just about squeezed his shot through Matt Dann in the United goal.
The game was slightly more even in the second-half, but it was still United who created the better opportunities and were repeatedly denied by an inspired Hutchins, who saved from Alberto Lubango, Sam Willet and Richard Pingling in the space of eight minutes.
Langney were looking more and more dangerous on the counter though as United poured forward looking for their first win of the season. It was Straker who duly punished them after being played in behind down the left channel, when his cross-shot found the back of the net after a lung-busting run.
The visitors response was to throw even more men forward in search of an equaliser and went close on a few occasions before Paul Weatherby sealed the win for the Wanderers. Hollobone was again the deliverer of a wonderful ball down the right channel this time, which Weatherby latched onto, did well to stop from going out for a throw-in and then somehow lobbed Dann in the United goal from way out on the right-hand side, a truly special goal.
To their credit, despite being crestfallen and surely wondering how on earth they were 3-1 down, United never gave up and tested Hutchins again in the closing stages only to be denied by another fine save from a long-range effort destined for the top corner.
The result sees Langney increase the gap to United to 13 points and move up to 16th in the table. Next up for the Wanderers is a trip to an ever-improving Crawley Down Gatwick side who have won six of their last eight league games and currently sit sixth in the Southern Combination Premier table.
After the game, Langney manager Kenny McCreadie said:
“I see a wee bit of fitness creeping in to our game now. I thought we defended well today because I thought their movement was very good. To be fair to them, they’re not a bottom side. Ryan (Cooper) and Aaron (Hopkinson) will keep them up and get them up the table for sure.
“My players reacted to the sending offs very well. My boy Trevor gets sent off for stamping on him, I understand you’re frustrated or whatever, but you can’t do that, end of.
“Could the referee of given two yellow’s? Possibly, but the important thing for us was Paul Rogers’ goal just before half-time. I thought the second and the third goal were brilliant. If you don’t shoot you don’t score, and Tariq did the same thing last week.
“We sat in a bit deeper as the game wore on and allowed them a lot of the ball but in a derby game like this, I don’t care what the score is, a win is a win, we worked hard today, and we had to get the three points. The performance wasn’t great but when you’re down near the bottom you want three points, and we got them today.”
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