Vital 3 Points
By Steve Roberts
Langney Wanderers 2-0 East Preston
Match Report by Steve Roberts
A beautiful winters afternoon saw East Preston come to town in a match both teams realistically thought they could get the 3 points. The game started brightly with both teams looking to attack. East Preston had the first chance of the match in the 11th minute when an East Preston player found himself unmarked in the box, but his resultant header was straight at Dan Hutchins who made a comfortable save.
Langney started to create chances of their own, Richard Pingling sent a lovely ball through to Oshaye Hutchinson who just couldn't get beyond the final man and he cleared the danger. Oshaye Hutchinson returned the favour on the 24th minute, some good wing play down the right saw him set up Richard Pingling who dropped his shoulder, turned his man and got a lovely left peg strike away, only to draw an equally good save from George Bentley in the East Preston Goal.
East Preston got another great chance shortly after, a good cross came in from the right and the East Preston attacker got his shot away only for Dan Hutchins to somehow keep it out.
The match continued to be end to end and it was Paul Rogers who got Langneys next chance after chasing his own flicked header, he found himself 1 v1 with George Bentley who stood big to keep the ball out. This was only a short reprieve for East Preston as the resulting corner was headed into the corner of the net by Richard Pingling to make it 1 nil Wanderers.
East Preston went straight back on the offensive, Asa Nicholson sent another good ball in to set up Jake Heryet who couldn't get a decent enough contact and send it wide. The half time whistle blew to end an entertaining 1st half with both teams looking to attack and the scoreline could have been higher if it hadn't been for some good saves from both keepers.
East Preston got off to a flyer second half full quick movement and passing to cause problems for the Langney defence early on. Though it was Langney who had the best chance to extend there lead in the 50th minute, The Langney front line pressed the East Preston defence high as they looked to play out from the back. The centre half passed blindly backwards only to find Richard Pingling who then rounded the keeper but could only send his shot agonisingly wide across the goal, a huge let off for East Preston.
The second half continued with East Preston being on the front foot and Langney happy to play on the counter. For all the good football and possession East Preston had they found it difficult to get in behind the Langney defence or create many meaningful chances. It was Langney who would extend there lead in the 75th minute when Tariq Straker intercepted the ball and sent a marauding Tyler Capon though on goal, he slotted calmly home after looking like the chance might go begging following a heavy touch. (2-0)
East Preston wouldn't give up and continued to attack, while we started to look nervous and continued to pump balls up the field to ease the pressure, they eventually got the ball in the back of the net in the 85th minute following a goalmouth scramble, only for it to be ruled offside by the assistant on the near side. The footballing gods were on our side for once as the game finished.
An entertaining match especially the first half with both teams looking to attack, Langney's second-half performance was disciplined if somewhat agricultural at times and perhaps played into East Preston's possession-based game. An important 3 points for Langney, especially against a good East Preston side who play some really nice football, but who are perhaps lacking confidence at the moment following a difficult run of results.
Next up we travel to Lancing, it's another huge game for us as we look to widen the gap on those below. So if you can make the trip to Culver Road I know it will be hugely appreciated by the lads.
MOTM: Dan Hutchins
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