Lancing smash eight past Oakwood

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LANCING Football Club’s impressive domination of County League Division 2 continued on Tuesday evening when they brushed struggling Oakwood aside with a devastating display.

It was business as usual for Lancers in the 8-0 victory, which saw them maintain their five-point lead at the top.

Signs of another goal-laden outing had looked unlikely, with their third-from-bottom visitors doing well to hold the runaway leaders with only a few minor scares early on.

But the opener arrived in fortuitous circumstances on 20 minutes when Jack Hayward’s effort from 20 yards slipped through Oakwood keeper David Williams’ hands into the net.

Upping the ante, Lancers’ firepower began to overwhelm Oakwood, who soon found themselves three behind.

Ben Lucas headed home the second eight minutes after Hayward’s strike, and another error from the suspect Williams allowed Lancing their third.

Chris Hibberd, with his first touch after replacing Hayward, fired in a 25-yard free-kick that was fumbled, and Tom Pickford was on hand to rifle in.

If Oakwood thought Lancers would ease off after half-time, they were brutally wrong, with the fourth arriving five minutes after the restart.

Dan McLoughlin pulled the ball back for Lee Garnham to smash home, while Lucas knocked home his second just 90 seconds later from Lee Gibbs’ cross.

It was 6-0 on 72 minutes, after Dan Griffin’s well-placed pass allowed substitute Dan Turner to slide home.

Joe Clark finally registered a shot for Oakwood when he was denied by Jason Downer, before Hibberd slotted in number seven when he latched onto a rebound 12 minutes from time.

The rout was completed four minutes from time when the ball was bundled into his own net by substitute Tom Farr.

Lancers captain Jon Elliot said: “We rested a few tonight, but we have so much quality that it doesn’t matter. It was a good win, everyone wants to be here and it’s a happy environment as we’re on a winning streak.

“We’re spreading the goals around, too, which is pleasing, and teams seem to crumble against us once we’ve scored two or three. Most of our players would play at a higher level week in, week out, the strength in depth is excellent and we’re pleased with how things are going.”

LANCING: Downer; Elliot, Pickford, Lucas; Joseph, McLoughlin, Garnham, Hayward, Gibbs; Griffin, MacMillan. Subs: Hibberd (Hayward 36), Turner (Joseph 55), Annis (MacMillan 65), Bentley, Hudson.