LANCING Football Club crashed out of their second consecutive cup on Tuesday night with a 2-1 reverse in the John O’Hara Cup at Hailsham – but manager Martin Gander was left with no complaints.
The first-round exit meant it was almost as short-lived as their FA Cup campaign, and Gander admitted they failed to get going until the closing stages.
After a scoreless first half, Lancers conceded two quick-fire goals with 15 minutes left through Steven Earley’s penalty and Ryan Fletcher’s strike after a Dave Sharman mistake.
Jack Hayward netted a late consolation for Lancing with a fine strike after a move involving Sam O’Regan and Wayne Jospeh.
Darren Boswell and O’Regan then had chances to net and equaliser, but squandered their chances.
Gander said: “They deserved it. They are a good side and a decent outfit and we didn’t cope with them as we should have.
“There were very hard conditions, but that is no excuse. It’s disappointing as up until 15 minutes to go it was 0-0, but even then JJ had pulled off two point-blank saves. We could have got an equaliser in the end, but it was one of those nights, although I am not too despondant.”
LANCING: Banasco-Zaragoza; Hunt, O’Regan, Pickford, Sharman, Denyer; Taylor, McLoughlin, Martin; Boswell, Lamont. Subs: Hayward (Martin 75), Joseph (Lamont 77), Elliot.