LANCING Football Club boss Martin Gander refuses to believe the County League Division 2 title is a foregone conclusion for his table-topping side, and is targeting seven wins from their remaining 14 games to seal even promotion.
Lancers extended their lead at the summit to eight points on Tuesday night with what Gander described as a “hard-working” 3-0 win at home to Loxwood, thanks to a Darren Annis brace and Aaron McMillan strike.
But, despite being unbeaten in the league, having dropped just six points all season, Gander is still being cautious. He said: “We have won our last 11 games in the league and the last time we dropped points was against Oakwood back in October, sometimes it is easy to lose track of how well we are actually playing.
“We want seven wins to be safe and get ourselves promoted, that is the first aim. A lot of people are giving us the league already, but I don’t think that’s right. We have a lot of tough games to play, Worthing United, Westfield, Loxwood, Seaford, all who I think will finish near the top.”
On Tuesday, Loxwood came out well and never ceased to be in the game having controlled the early exchanges.
Annis calmed Lancers’ nerves when he headed home after Dan McLoughlin’s initial header struck the bar on 15 minutes.
The second came shortly afterwards when Richard Hudson played through MacMillan, who lobbed the keeper with a classy finish.
Annis made it safe on the hour mark, when he smashed home a loose ball from the edge of the area.
There was also enough time for Lancing keeper Andy McCarthy, on his debut, to earn his clean sheet with a great save from Damon Aston.
Gander added: “It was a great performance as Loxwood are a very organised side and their league position doesn’t do them justice. It was a comfortable but hard-working three points.”
LANCING: McCarthy; Elliot, Lucas, Sharman; Joseph, McLoughlin, Hayward, Turner; Hudson, Annis, MacMillan. Subs: Pickford (Lucas 60), Griffin (Annis 75), Burton (McLoughlin 78), Early.