Sporting Highlights - 8 December 2017

Football
It has been another fantastic week for the Club.

On Tuesday the U14A team beat Shoreham College 2-1. The U15A team ran out 6-0 victors with goals from Jake B, Will S and Isaac A (4). 

The block against Tonbridge brought a good 2-1 win for the 3rd XI. Leading 2-1 at the break, the team held its nerve well to keep that as the final score. MVP was Barnaby J-D, who scored both goals. The 1st XI continued its unbeaten half term with a gritty 2-1 win. Goals here came from Fred V B and Bader J. MVP was Seb S.

However, pride of place goes to the 5th XI, and Ernie C reports:

The 5th’s 5-3 home win against Tonbridge last year had instilled an optimistic feeling in the squad this year, as we travelled to Tonbridge, in the hope of getting a result, and open our account for the season. 

Lancing looked the far sharper side and came flying out of the blocks, and were rewarded by the best possible start. On 2 minutes, Lancing whipped in a dangerous looking corner towards the far post, and centre back Martin C was alert, on hand to stroke the ball. Martin’s first goal for the College gave Lancing the lead.

It took a matter of minutes for Lancing to double the advantage, as Vlad V slotted in from close range following Tonbridge’s failure to clear a corner. This gave Lancing some breathing space, but the team was hungry for more goals and kept putting pressure on the Tonbridge backline.

Tonbridge's hope of reducing the arrears was short lived, as Haoming Z stepped in to make three last-ditch tackles in the box and subsequently clear the danger. And as Tonbridge failed to make their chances count, Lancing again punished them on the break. This time a good team move in midfield culminated in Ed B finding space inside the box, and he curled in a neat finish past the Tonbridge goalkeeper for 3-0.

At the break, Mr Payne emphasised that although the team was leading by three goals, we should keep our concentration, intensity and shape. His assuring team talk inspired the team to keep going forward, while also maintaining a solid shape at the back. It was the best football the 5th team could have dreamt for – free flowing football at the front, complemented well by a rock-solid defence.

Tonbridge slightly improved in the second half as Lancing found it a little bit harder to force a way through, but the team found an opening when Ollie C was fouled just outside the box. Vlad V subsequently stepped up, curled a brilliant free kick around the wall, and left the keeper with no chance. Lancing were now simply running away with victory. 4-0

Ollie Chester then stabbed home from six yards to record his first goal for the Seniors following a fine team move from the right flank. 5-0. 

Lancing hit Tonbridge for the sixth time when Alexander E took advantage of a goalkeeping error, pouncing on a spilt shot and hammering it into the back of the net. He wheeled away in celebration as this too, was his first goal for the College.

Ultimtely, Tonbridge’s attack offered minimal threat, and when the ball came close to the Lancing goal, the defence was always on hand to clear the danger. So while the attackers were rewarded by goals for their magical play, the defence and the goalkeeper were rewarded by a (long due) clean sheet, something that seldom happens to the team. The match finished a comfortable 6-0 win for Lancing.

Now the focus shifts to a tricky trip to rivals Ardingly next Saturday for the last game of the season.

After the match…

Lancing defender Martin C: "Obviously I’m buzzing to get my first goal for the College, especially from centre back, very pleased with the clean sheet as well. But of course the most important thing is the win, and to do that the manner we did it is a bonus."

Goalkeeper Ernie C: "To be honest I am over the moon for my first ever clean sheet for Lancing, but I must credit my defence, they did an immense job – they deserve the clean sheet more than I do!"

Forward Vlad V: "It’s a great feeling to finally break my duck for the Senior team. It’s also a weight off my shoulders as my last goal dates back to when I was playing for the U15Cs! If we play the way we did today against Ardingly next week, we might stand a chance."

Captain Ed L: "We have been training hard and well this season, so I believed that a victory would finally be on the cards. We all deserve this win – it’s a fitting reward for all the hard work we have put in this season."

And finally…

Midfielder Nick M tweeted: First win of the season! On cloud nine! At long last we actually won a game!!! #prideinthebadge


Girls' Hockey
A tough block against Ardingly last weekend produced creditable performances from the U14B and A teams. However it was the 1st XI that enjoyed the best result of the day, winning 4-1.

With the game hanging in the balance at 1-1 after the first half, the girls powered out of sight in the second period, scoring three times. Goals were scored by Molly C-H, Eugenie D and two from MVP Bella M. The battle for the best win percentage goes down to the final weekend of the term, with the U14A currently leading the way, having won 38.5% of its games, the 1st XI with 35.7% and the U15A 33.3%.

On Tuesday, the Junior House Hockey took place. After the round robin stage, Sankey's beat Field's to finish in third place. This left a highly anticipated final between Manor and Handford. Despite some unbelievable saves from Freya W in goal, she could not stop Honor S from scoring the only goal of the game to give a first ever Junior House title to Manor House. Well done to all the girls for playing such a high quality tournament. 

Team of the week
Last week’s poll received over 100 votes, with the U15A Football team beating the Tennis team to the boys' title with 52% of the vote. For the girls, the U15B Hockey team beat the 1st XI, recording 63% of the vote. 

This week, the 1st XI Hockey team takes the title, and the boys' award goes to the online vote.