Langney travelled to Hassocks in the Emirates FA Cup on Saturday, after last years disappointment the Wanderers were hoping to have a change of fortunes. Langney made one change from Tuesday's dramatic comeback against Newhaven with Shane Saunders coming in for the injured Scott Taylor.
The strong blustery wind was always going to make it a difficult game, Hassocks kicked off into the strong wind but it was Langney who would control the game early on. Chances were at a premium with both keepers being rarely troubled, but it was Wanderers who would have the edge on chances.
Simon Piper missed a great chance after good work down the right from Max Hollobone and Gary Ingram also hit the post with the keeper beaten, again after good work from Max. Just before halftime, Dan Blackmore picked up a groin injury to end a frustrating 1st half for Langney who couldn't capitalise on dominating the half.
HT Hassocks 0-0 Langney Wanderers
Tyler Capon came on for the injured Dan Blackmore which led to a reshuffle, the 2nd half started off a more even affair with neither team dominating, the game started to have the feeling whoever could score first would win it.
Langney still looked to attack at every opportunity but were caught out by a good break, despite stopping the initial attack it was laid up well for Jack Rowe-Hurst who powered an unstoppable drive past Dan Hutchins in the Wanderers goal.
Langney started to pile the pressure on, while Hassocks were happy to catch us on the break. Langney were denied once again by the woodwork, great work from Tyler Capon pulled the ball back for Gary Ingram whose shot hit the crossbar after taking a slight deflection from a defender.
Langney were forced into two more changes with both Gary Ingram and Matt Cunnington picking up injuries which didn't help the chase for an equaliser and also upset the teams' rhythm. Langney continued pushing forward and started to force the game, it was always going to be a case of either we'd get an equaliser or concede again.
Unfortunately, it was the latter and it was Hassocks who broke quickly for Matt Berridge to seal the tie.
Langney still wouldn't lie down and would create 2 more excellent chances, a great 1-2 between Max Hollobone and Peter Cooper set the former through into the penalty box only to be thwarted by a goal-saving challenge from Will Broomfield and the Hassocks keeper also pulled off a fantastic save from a cracking Max Hollobone free kick.
FT Hassocks 2-0 Langney Wanderers
Despite looking the more dangerous throughout, the fact is we never troubled the Hassocks keeper enough as we looked toothless up top. The game was evenly poised throughout and credit to Hassocks for being the more clinical and who defended excellently as a team.
I said after Tuesday's dramatic comeback that we would play much better and get nothing, today was that day. No time for moping though as we entertain neighbours and title favourites Eastbourne Town on Friday for the first derby of the season.
MOTM Max Hollobone
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