Barnham came into the game having not played for a month due to the inclement weather and naturally looked a bit rusty early on . To be fair the Lancing pitch resembled a bit of a quagmire which didn’t help Trojans usual brand of passing football and both teams struggled in first 10 mimnutes to get any kind of quality possession . However after the first 10 mins Barnham started to take control by getting the ball down and spraying it wide where the wing backs ably supported Bailey and Finn to get in some good crosses . It was from one of these that Barnham scored their goal as Bailey was found on the left wing  and made it to by line and put his cross over for the unfortunate goal keeper to palm the ball into his own net , it was no more than the Trojans deserved and they comfortably held out till half time with the defence looking very solid and the  only time Callum was called upon made a smart save low to his left to keep Barnham’s clean sheet intact.

The second half started with Barnham kicking up the slight slope and Lancing fresh from their managers team talk trying to get the ball forward as soon as possible . The defence which was expertly marshalled by man of the match Fred looked solid again though managing to cut out the ball over the top relatively easily and any that did get through were swept up by Callum in goal who marshalled his area well . After the initial onslaught Barnham grew into the half and soon created chances again by getting the ball down and Fred and Thomas playing some intelligent through balls for Ellis Max and Finn but unfortunately a combination of rusty finishing and some good goalkeeping from Lancing number one meant the scoreline remained 1-0 , in all honesty the approach play meant we could have easily been 3 or 4 goals up and had put the game to bed . As it was the last five minutes Lancing threw everything at Barnham as they tired but they resolutely held out for a fine one nil win against a side who had beaten them 5-1 earlier in the season . Everyone played well today and was a pleasure to watch their commitment and skill and was a fine result

 

Neil Ashbery

 

asst manager