LANCING Football Club manager Martin Gander hailed an all-round team performance as they made it three league wins on the bounce on Saturday.
This handed Crowborough a lifeline and Joel Harding was required to make a couple of stops, before the visitors netted their all-important second.
Darren Boswell was the scorer with just over 20 minutes to play which ended the game as a contest, and with Crowbrough’s Chris Ransome seeing red for an off-the-ball incident, substitute Grant Phillpott added a third in injury time.
Gander said: “It was a good team performance up there, although at 1-0 we had a couple of scares and Joel Harding had to make a couple of good saves.
“At 1-0 you’re thinking if they get one it’ll make all the difference, but we played really well and they didn’t create too much.
“Their keeper was probably their busiest player and the players came off afterwards a bit disappointed they didn’t score five or so.
“But still, 3-0 away from home against a good team, I’ll take that, if I’m honest I’d take 1-0!”
Richard Hudson had already forced the home stopper into tipping over the bar, and Boswell had fired wide when Lancing took the lead inside 10 minutes.
Taylor cut in from the right-hand side, saw the goalkeeper off his line sent a sublime chipped effort into the back of the net.
Danny Gainsford went close at the far post from a set play, Shaheen Sadough had a turn and shot saved, while Boswell also had a near miss.
Harding did make a fine and crucial one-on-one save with five minutes left of the half, getting down well to deny the opposition striker.
After the break Crowborough gave it a go and Gander admitted Lancing netted their second against the run of play – although Sadough, Hunt and Boswell did all go close beforehand.
On 68 minutes, Sadough laid wide into the path of Boswell who drove across goal into the net with solid strike.
Ransome then saw red after a couple of off-the-ball incidents with Dan Taylor when he appeared to kick out.
This, combined with the second goal, had ended Crowborough’s chance and Phillpott sealed it in injury time.
He chased down the keeper, pinched the ball and calmly slotted home.
Lancing host second-place Ringmer on Saturday and the home side will be buoyed as Dan McCloughlin and Titus Patterson are both back available.
The match is also an open day to all Lancing Ranger’s youth players as the home club look to encourage the local community to back the Culver Road team.
The Rangers’ player will arrive at the club early and be greeted by Gander and Gainsford for a tour of the ground and talk, before being able to watch the afternoon’s action.