LANCING Football Club ended their six-game losing run in County League Division 1 on Monday, with a hard-fought draw at local rivals Shoreham.
A point apiece was probably a fair result from the derby. Lancers, playing with the bitterly cold wind behind them, had the better of the first half and went into half-time a goal up. But Mussels levelled early in the second period, before Lancing finished the game with 10 men after former Mussel Jack Phillips was harshly sent-off for two bookings.
Lancing started the game brightly and had three openings before taking a 15th-minute lead. George Fenton was denied by the legs of Shoreham keeper James Shaw, Danny Gainsford looped a header just over and Shaw did well to tip over a header from Will Berry.
The goal came when Adam Hunt’s fierce strike from a Darren Boswell corner was parried by Shaw, Mussels could not clear and Phillips turned the ball home at the back post.
Mussels levelled seven minutes into the second half when Josh Clayman fizzed a cross into the penalty area and Louis Pople was unmarked eight yards out to brilliantly volley into the roof of the net, giving Harding no chance.
Lancers boss Martin Gander said: “The linesman told Jack to go back on the pitch, so for him to be sent off is ridiculous. There are three teams out on the pitch and the ref and linesmen should be working together but they weren’t with this incident.
“A draw was the fair result on the balance of play but I was disappointed with the goal we conceded as their player was free at the back post. I also thought that Will and Darren were fouled in the penalty area, but little things aren’t quite going for us at the moment.”
Full report in this week’s paper.