LANCING Football Club bounced back from their first league loss when they battled to a 2-0 home win over and hard-working Mile Oak on Tuesday.
Lancers left it late, though, and finally broke the deadlock in the County League Division 2 clash eight minutes from time.
Lancing, still heavily depleted, but with James Wotherspoon back from Southwick for his second spell with the club, were not at their best and struggled to play at their usual tempo and intensity, and too often their sporadic attacks broke down from promising positions.
Oak edged the early exchanges, and fired a couple of long-range efforts wide before they were then denied what appeared a stonewall penalty when Ryan Pretlove was felled by Tom Pickford.
Both sides had chances in the rest of the half, before Lancers upped the tempo in the second half and hit the woodwork three times through man-of-the-match Jack Hayward’s 20-yarder, Lee Garnham and substitute Darren Annis.
With the game becoming increasingly stretched, Lancers’ perseverance paid off on 82 minutes, when Chris Hibberd played in Aaron MacMillan, who fired home.
Lancers then killed the game off and made sure of the points two minutes later. Dan Turner’s corner caught out Oak’s defence, and the ball was diverted into the net, via Oak’s Matt Stephens’ knee.
Lancers’ Hayward said: “It was a good battling game, they’re not a bad side and make you work hard.
“I felt we deserved it and it was only a matter of time before we scored having hit the bar three times.”
LANCING: McCarthy; Lucas, Pickford, Sharman; Turner, Hayward, Hibberd, Garnham, Groves; MacMillan, Wotherspoon. Subs: Annis (Wotherspoon 70), Aslan (MacMillan 88), R.Loversidge, Griffin, Elliot.