Lancing United v Westfield

2pm  25 November 2017

Southern Combination League, Division Two
Lancing United 4 Westfield 2 (att 15)

Following a couple of enjoyable days staying further east along the south coast at Rye, I headed west for football. After dropping my other half in Brighton for the afternoon I made made my way to the Croshaw Ground in Lancing.

It's a basic venue, even for step seven of the FA's non-League pyramid. The pitch is enclosed by a wooden fence, but sits in the middle of a public recreation ground. Home team players carry out the goal frames and dugouts before kick off, and put them back into storage after the final whistle.

It may be an unusual addition to players' pre-match warm up routines, but it did struggling Lancing United no harm as they eventually overcame Westfield following a lively and entertaining 90 minutes.

The home side had been in front twice, one in each half, but on both occasions Westfield had equalised. The goal that put Lancing United in front for the third time was against the run of play, but it proved decisive.

The drama continued to the end, with Westfield hitting the post in the final moments before the home team - who played the match with just 11 players, no subs - scored a fourth to confirm their win.

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