Valiant Wanderers Denied
By Steve Roberts
Langney Wanderers 2-3 Chichester City
Match Report By Steve Roberts
On a wet and miserable day Langney Wanderers welcomed high flying Chichester City to Priory Lane and once again Kenny McCreadie's men would be denied valuable points late on in an entertaining game.
Both teams looked bright early on despite the wet and windy conditions, Josh Clack was causing problems down the wing but Langney held fast and kept there shape well. Langney started causing problems of there own as well and it wasn't long before they took the lead through debutant Evan Archibald on the 16th minute. A lovely pass down the right hand channel from Wayne Wilkinson set him through and he dispatched with his usual aplomb.
Langney were now looking the more dangerous particularly on the break. Langney were happy to let Chichester have the ball and press them high and force the mistakes. A pressured forward pass led too Adam Davidson intercepting easily and he drove 30 yards to the edge of the Chi penalty box before being crudely brought down from behind by Ellis Martin. A clearly frustrated Martin was given a yellow card for his troubles.
The returning David Smart then stepped up to take the resulting free kick which he got around the wall and into the bottom corner with a helping hand from goalie Jordan Mathews to make it 2-0 Wanderers.
On 30 minutes Ellis Martin decided to walk off the pitch and head for the dressing room, not sure if this was a planned substitution from the Chi bench but his rapid departure wasn't anticipated and it certainly caught them off guard as no sub was ready to go.
Chichester had a couple of half chances in the run up to half time but failed really to test Dan Hutchins in the Langney goal. Despite Chi having the lions share of the possession they couldn't get through the well organised Wanderers team and were looking suitably frustrated as the half time whistle went.
Second half kicked off with Langney going into the wind this time and it was them who had the first chance of the second half. Evan Archibald held the ball up beautifully just inside his own half before setting Corey Heywood-Roye off on a driving run. He then released Wayne Wilkinson who delivered a dangerous ball in which Mathew Fear just couldn't bundle over the line courtesy of some good defending from Terrell Lewis.
In the 51st minute Chichester got there life line, Langney failed to clear an initial free kick properly and in the second phase Chi got in behind Tariq Straker and delivered a excellent ball in for Kaleem Hailham to bury and make it 2-1. This understandably got Chichester's tail up but Langney created 2 more good chances to regain the 2 goal advantage but Max Hollobone & Evan Archibald couldn't find the required finish. Wanderers were then made to pay for those misses when the influential Josh Clack got in behind Tariq Straker again to deliver another dangerous ball in which was only part cleared and fell kindly to the feet of Scott Jones who finished smartly.
For the last half hour it was pretty much one way traffic as Chichester looked for the winner, a clearly tiring Langney were starting to lose it's shape and organisation which had been so evident in the first hour. The task was made harder when captain Adam Davidson was forced off with an injury following a coming together with a Chichester player when making a clearance.
The pressure eventually told when they delivered another ball in from the wide area, the cross cleared the first man but Ryan Peake came sliding in having lost his midfield marker to make it 3-2 Chichester and come back complete.
Paul Weatherby then showed his frustration in the 90th minute. After losing the ball he chased the man down and crudely hacked him from behind. The ref saw fit to issue a red this time were earlier for the similar challenge Adam Davidson it was only yellow. The officials though overall I thought had a very good game in difficult conditions and got most things right.
Despite letting another lead slip it was overall a good performance from a Langney team who gave 100% to a man for 90 minutes, but we came up against a very good Chichester side who I have personally tipped to win the league this year.
It shows games at this level are made of such small margins. If Matthew Fear scores early in the second half to make it 3-0 it might have been game over, but they punished us very clinically for some errors in the second and we tired both physically and mentally having to defend for so long. Sadly you don't the breaks when you're down the bottom which you sometimes deserve from a good performance but we go into next week against Broadbridge Heath with plenty of positives.
MOTM: Evan Archibald
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