Match Report by Steve Roberts
Photo's courtesy of Chris Gregory Eastbourne Utd v Langney Wanderers Photos
Langney travelled across town to take on Eastbourne United. It wasn't just a derby match it was also a huge 6 pointer with both teams still scrapping for league survival.
The game kicked off in blustery conditions with United kicking with the wind, The early exchanges were typical derby game fodder with it being played at 100mph, with plenty of physical challenges. United had the best of the opening 15 minutes and looked the more dangerous to start, but again like last week Wanderers saw out the early pressure pretty comfortably and started to get a foothold in the game.
18 minutes in Gary Ingram was clattered very late by Dan Rogers leaving him in a heap while Rogers received a yellow for his misdemeanour. Langney were now starting to look more dangerous as the game progressed, Evan Archibald just missed with a header following a Max Hollobone free kick. They would get there reward in the 32nd minute when Richard Pingling held up the ball on the edge of the box, he then put a quick pass into Max Hollobone who shifted the ball quickly and curled it into the bottom corner from 12 yards.
Richard Pingling should have doubled the lead not long after, a long diagonal ball was missed kicked by Dan Rogers and it fell nicely for Pingling who dragged his shot wide. United were still showing some threat up front and there best chance of the half fell to Leroy Griffiths just before half time. Langney failed to clear its lines properly and a second phase cross came over the defenders to reach last man Griffiths who fired his shot across the goal and wide.
Half Time 0-1
The first 10 minutes of the second half was pretty even with United looking to equalise but without really getting any opportunities, Langney once again started to look the more likely to score as the clocked ticked on and United grew increasingly frustrated.
Langney would then go onto have a series of efforts to finish the game off. First up it was Evan Archibald who had his goalbound shot tipped on to the post by the United keeper and then cleared. Next, it was Richard Pingling who managed to curl his shot beyond the keeper only for the post to come to United's rescue once more. Lastly, it was Evan Archibald again. A rather benign free kick was pumped into the box where the ball took a wicked bounce over the keeper. Evan showing excellent anticipation just couldn't get over the ball and his header went agonisingly over the bar.
With Langney failing to convert a 2nd it was beginning to look like it could be one of those days. Eastbourne United would then get an equaliser on the 78th minute. Langney didn't clear a cross into the box from a set piece properly and it fell to George Whitley on the edge of the box who calmly dispatched it into the left-hand corner.
Kenny McCreadie made a triple substitution just after the equaliser to add some fresh legs. United sensed they might snatch a win after being second best most of the match. But it was the Wanderers who would snatch a late win, following a United goal kick the impressive Paul Rogers won the header back to Tyler Capon. Tyler's quick thinking he managed to lob the keeper from 30 yards for an audacious goal and for Wanderers to take a deserved win.
Full Time 1-2
It was another outstanding team performance at both ends of the pitch, solid defensively and plenty of chances in attack. Though if we need to start converting more of them. Next week Pagham are the visitors to Priory Lane as we look to make it 3 wins on the bounce.
MOTM: Gary Ingram
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