Friday night lights were back at Priory Lane as we welcomed Eastbourne Town on a wet and blustery evening. Langney made 2 changes from Saturday's FA Cup defeat to Hassocks with Luke Snashall coming in at right-back and Billy Crittenden upfront.
The game started at an electric pace with Gary Ingram immediately causing problems for the Town defence, so much so Tom Vickers crudely kicked Gary up in the air and was given a yellow in only the 2nd minute. Max Hollobone sent the resulting free-kick over the bar much to the relief of Jason Tibble in the Town goal.
Both teams struggled to break each other's defences down, with Town dominating possession but struggling to create any clear openings bar a couple of long-range efforts from Tom Vickers which were easy for Dan Hutchins. Dan Blackmore picked up a yellow for a foul on Simon Johnson as the game became a midfield battle.
Town took the lead on 34 minutes after a Town corner was cleared by Langney, only for it to fall to Brad Pritchard. Who hammered it home from 25 yards through a crowded penalty box into the bottom corner. Half time came round in what was an excellent first half even if it was devoid of too many chances.
HT Langney Wanderers 0-1 Eastbourne Town
Langney came out 2nd half still very much in the game, but that changed on 47 minutes when the Town fullback pinged a delightful ball into the box and straight onto Dan Perry's head who made no mistake with it.
Town certainly had control of the game now and Tyler Scrafton forced an excellent save from Dan Hutchins. Town continued to dominate possession and look dangerous as Wanderers tired, despite being in control they only managed to craft a couple of more opportunities in the game. Langney meanwhile huffed and puffed without much joy as they struggled to get through the impressive Dan Rogers led defence.
Horrible conditions probably played its part in the 2nd half but Town whose midfield was imperious with there possession, they simply just didn't give the ball away and always finding a teammate.
FT Langney Wanderers 0-2 Eastbourne Town
Town have been tagged as league favourites and with good reason on this display, they have quality all over the pitch and wear you down by having the ball for so long. Despite that Wanderers caused them problems going forward, though without troubling the Eastbourne goal. Defensively we were outstanding all game and limited Town to very few chances and the majority of those from distance. So despite the defeat, there were plenty of positives to take from the game for Kenny McCreadie.
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