Sporting Highlights - 5 October 2018

This week we congratulate Jacob C for his selection for the Sussex CCC Academy team for its winter training programme. We also congratulate Faris K and Isaac A, both of whom have been invited back for second Sussex Schools Football trials.  

Football
Saturday saw the Club take on Bede's in a tough set of matches. Across the board, there were some excellent games, and the Lancing pupils should be commended for their positive attitude in the face of some uncompromising football from opposing players. 

In the U14A game, Lancing pressed Bede's high up the field and eventually Nana O-N scored; the assist coming from Henry H. In the second half, Bede's put pressure on us and scored from a corner. Resolute defending followed and late on, a lofted ball from Jude S was converted by Ozzy R. Just before the final whistle blew an excellent goal line clearance by Dan T secured the three points. The full time score was 2-1 to Lancing College.

Mr Bullen doesn’t often feel the need to write, but this weekend was different. About the U15C team he states: 'Right from the off the U15Cs set about their task with a renewed vigour and purpose, eager to right the wrongs from last season. Sustained pressure led to an early goal from Andrii K which set the tone for the remainder of the game. Superbly structured defence courtesy of Alex I, Toby A, Oscar L and Ryan S ensured they were never really troubled at the back. Kwame N and River L were indomitable in the centre, setting an example for all with their exceptional work rate. River’s brace of goals and domination of the middle of the pitch earned him a well-deserved Man of the Match award. Despite a late rally from Bede's they could not stop the Lancing U15Cs recording their first ever win.

Hockey
On Saturday, the U15B team had a wonderful 2-0 win of the season against Worth. Captained by Izzy S the team fought hard and during the first half, Emma P opened the scoring followed in the second half by another goal scored by MVP Eva S. Michelle J and Marianna P showed some amazing defence to lead the team to a deserved clean sheet.

On Tuesday, the 2nd XI took on the Charterhouse 1st XI in an intense game on. After an evenly matched first half and a pep talk from Mr Bentley at half time, a top corner goal from Ella P resulted in a 1-0 final score. Player of the match went to Pomme J for her pace and attack.

On Thursday night, Girls' Hockey at Lancing reached a new level of success. After impressively coming through the group qualifying stage earlier this term, the 1st XI took on Brighton College in the County semi-final. A thoroughly dominant display saw the girls take the lead through a far post finish from Georgia T after excellent work from Bella M. The team looked comfortable until Brighton equalised through a last-gasp penalty corner. This took the game to penalties: Emily B saved FOUR, with Maddie S and Flora D scoring to send the team into the County final for the first time in many, many years. Taking on Hurst, the team suffered two injuries to the key players Bupi M and Louise H. After a lengthy stoppage, the only difference proved to be another penalty corner goal. So, silver medallists in one of the toughest competitions in the County is an accolade to most definitely shout about.

We look forward to another action-packed weekend, with cross–country at Sevenoaks, football against KES Witley and hockey against Christ’s Hospital.