Mens – Lingfield Match Report

Steyning Town 5 Lingfield 1
The Barrowmen’s major upturn in form continued on Saturday with a well deserved and highly impressive 5-1 win at home to Lingfield.
A first-half hat trick from debutant Jack Langford underpinned a superb performance and we have now well and truly broken our goal drought, netting twelve goals in the last three matches.
Before the match a minute’s silence was beautifully observed in honor of the passing of HM Queen Elizabeth II. RIP ma’am.
So, on a glorious afternoon at the Birchwood Stadium we started the match on the front foot with Dom Johnson-Fisher looking quick and dangerous down the left.
On 12 minutes we got our reward the pressure when Langford found the bottom corner of the Lingers net with the low shot from the middle of the box to give us the lead.
Minutes later Langford cut in from the left channel in the break to rifle a great dipping shot over their keeper’s head from just outside the box for 2-0.
After more pressure and Johnson-Fisher hitting an upright, on the half hour a simple tap in enabled Langford to complete a remarkable first half hat trick on debut.
Against the run of play, Lingfield then got back into the match when they converted a penalty awarded for a foul by Timms just inside the box.
The goal raised the visitors spirits and they came at us more leading up to the break.
However, half time – Town 3 Lingfield 1
We started the second half applying the pressure just the same and Langford again had the ball in the net only to be disallowed this time for an offside.
The game then went end-to-end with the visitors knocking on the door and it took a top drawer piece of defending from Rob Clark, heading a powerful shot off our goal-line with Lucas beaten, to prevent a second goal for Lingfield.
We used our full bench to keep things fresh and further quick fire goals from substitutes Joe Radley-Martin and Jakob El Hagg wrapped up all three points.
In fact we may have got a sixth goal in the closing stages when we were awarded a penalty for a foul but Johnson-Fisher’s spot kick was well saved by the Lingers keeper.
Another good  performance demonstrating our recent improvements and well done man-of-the-match Jack Langford on a debut hat trick and indeed to one and all.
Final score – Steyning Town FC 5 Lingfield FC 1
Town line up – Lucas, Clark (Hallett) Rondal, Geal (Radley-Martin), Da Costa, Timms, Radmore (Meehan), Barnes, Langford (El Hagg), Downer (Robinson), Johnson-Fisher
Next up – On Tuesday we have a local ish-derby at home to Roffey (KO @ Birchwood Stadium 7.45pm)
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