LANCING Football Club have moved into the top three of County League Division 2 after wins over Littlehampton and Midhurst.
Golds fought back from 2-1 down to win 4-2 at Littlehampton with goals from Darren Annis, Richard Hudson (two) and Wayne Joseph on Monday, after a 8-1 victory over Midhurst on Thursday.
The Midhurst game was Lancers’ first game in five weeks and they ran out comfortable winners.
Remarkably, given the scoreline, Lancers have played better on many an occasion this season, leaving supporters wondering what the scoreline could have ended up had they hit top gear. They set the tone for the remainder of the match early on when they went ahead in only the third minute, through a Dan McLoughlin header from Richard Hudson’s corner.
Shaheen Sadough then somehow missed the chance to make it 2-0 when he struck the post having rounded Paul Williamson, but the lead was doubled on 16 minutes, through the unlikely source of Dave Sharman, who slammed home after he beat three players and jinked into the box.
Chris Hibberd fired tamely wide and Lee Garnham’s header was cleared off the line as Lancers threatened to run riot, but, surprisingly, it was Midhurst who gave themselves hope on 38 minutes, when Sean Dummer fired home from Harry Farr’s pass with their first attack of the game.
A 2-1 half-time score would have left the second half nicely poised, but Lancing had other ideas and stretched their lead in dubious circumstances in the first minute of first-half added time. McLoughlin and Mike Hatch seemed to run into each other inside the area, but referee Lloyd Rendell awarded a penalty, and Hudson smashed home the spot-kick.
The game was put beyond doubt 60 seconds later when Garnham added his name to the ever-expanding scoresheet. Jack Hayward picked the midfielder out, and he crashed home from 25 yards to make it 4-1 and reduce the second half to a mere training exercise.
Hudson steered in the fifth just after half-time, and the sixth arrived thanks to a second McLoughlin header on the hour.
Darren Annis was denied by a good save from Williamson, before shell-shocked Midhurst conceded again, Sadough’s close range strike being given despite offside claims. Sadough rolled in his second, and Lancing’s eighth late on, to complete a fruitful night and take Lancers to fifth, still unbeaten and in fine shape as they signed off 2010 with a romp.
Lancing joint manager Martin Gander said: “It’s nice to get back playing, and more importantly we got the job done and it was a good run out. It was tight and game on at 2-1, but we killed them off right before half-time and that was the turning point.”
LANCING: Evans; Elliot, Pickford, Sharman; Hudson, Hayward, Hibberd, Garnham, McLoughlin; Annis, Sadough. Subs: Hemsley (Elliot 66), MacMillan, Joseph (Sadough, Annis 76), Gibbs.