Lancers continue perfect league start

Alex Bygraves (left) netted in his side's league victory at East Preston on Monday that win means they have won all four league matches so far this season
Alex Bygraves (left) netted in his side's league victory at East Preston on Monday that win means they have won all four league matches so far this season
  • Lancing make it four wins from four in the league after seeing off East Preston
  • They are the only side in the Southern Combination Football League Premier with a 100% record
  • Lancing travel to Arundel on Saturday hoping to make it five straight league wins
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LANCING Football Club continued their perfect start to the Southern Combination League Premier Division season with victory at East Preston on Monday.

Lewis Finney and Alex Bygraves netted in the first half and sub Ross Adams added a third after the break.

Lancers have now won all four of their league matches and boss Richard Whittington said: “It was another important victory for us and the clean sheet was a plus point as well.

“It’s never easy coming to places like East Preston but full credit to the lads for what was quite a comfortable victory in the end. We created a number of chances and, on another day, it could well have been more than the three we got.”

Lancers’ Callum Fidler was the first goalkeeper called into action as he got down well to Ryan Hallett’s 25-yard strike in the first minute.

Lancing began to impose themselves on the game and went ahead on ten minutes. Josh Spinks’ crossfield ball was misjudged by David Rocha which allowed Finney in behind and he remained composed to slot under the onrushing Darren Ford.

It was 2-0 four minutes later when Bygraves bundled home the rebound after Ford had saved a header from Naim Rouane’s free kick

George Laughlin nearly pulled one back for the home side eight minutes before the break after he exchanged passes with Chad Milner but, after cutting on to his right foot, his effort sailed just over.

Finney then struck a post on 39 minutes, before Alex Fair was denied by Ford just before the break from Mike Williamson’s pinpoint pass.

The visitors were dominant in the second period and should have secured all three points on 54 minutes. George Fenton’s lung-busting run from left-back saw him get to the byline and square for Bygraves, who should have done better with his finish.

EP had Ford to thank once again for keeping the score at two when Fenton broke down the left again, cut inside and his shot was parried wide by the home side’s stopper.

Lancing did make it 3-0 with eight minutes to go, Rouane’s corner was spilled by Ford and Adams was quickest to react and slotted home.

Richard Greenfield almost added a fourth late on but his curling struck was superbly turned round the post by Ford.

Lancing travel to Arundel in the league on Saturday.

LANCING: Fidler; Mills, Hendy, Spinks, Fenton; Bygraves; Finney, Rouane, McHale, Fair; Williamson. Subs: O’Callaghan (McHale), Greenfield (Finney), Adams (Fair), Sharman , Westlake.

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