After last week’s excellent performance against Cottesmore we travelled down the A23 to Lancing Prep Hove for what has been an extremely close fought match in recent years. It was clear to see that we were the more physically imposing side and we used this to our advantage throughout the game. Lancing, when they had possession played some lovely football, keeping the ball well and showing good movement off the ball. However, our speed to the loose balls meant that they did not see much of it over the course of the match.
The game was won by half time as goals from Daniel (4) and Beau (2) gave us a comfortable cushion allowing for some positional changes throughout the game to test the boys’ when out of their comfort zone; Daniel and Nick even swapped roles for a 15 minute spell! The second half was a little tighter as we began to make more changes and had to deal with playing up an unforgiving slope. We continued to play good passing football right from Nick in goal, via the defence and midfield through to the forward line, which is brilliant to see and demonstrates what we have been working on in training since day one. Two further goals from Daniel, bringing up his double hat-trick, was enough to see out the game but the names on the score sheet don’t do the way that we played justice. Zac, Josh, Zevon and Charlie were solid at the back all game, Kieron and Jacob did the ‘donkey work’ in the middle of the park whilst Ben and Bradley used their experience to speed up or slow down the tempo of the game. Our front trio of Luke, Beau and Daniel caused the Lancing defence problems all afternoon with their pace and direct running. Just like last week this was another true team performance and without every player doing their job we would not have scored 8 goals and would have certainly conceded more than 1.
It is always difficult to remain headstrong and stick to the task when goals are coming rather freely, however I thought the boys coped well with the situation and continued to do what was asked of them. Well done to the whole squad; we now look forward to playing Ardingly at home next Wednesday.