Barnes at the Double
Jack Barnes (pictured) scored two great goals but it wasn't enough to take the three points as Lancing equalise twice to share the points
EP shared the points with Lancing after taking the lead twice only to be pegged back by conceding two sloppy goals.
Manager Bob Paine made two changes to the team beaten at home to Lingfield last week with the fit again George Bentley returning in goal and Jake Heryet coming in up front.
A slow start from the home side meant Lancing started the brightest and put EP under some pressure in the first 25 minutes although the only real chance they had was blocked by a Nathan Da Costa tackle. EP’s first chance came on 20 mins when from a Scott Rafferty corner Luke Brodie’s shot was saved by Evans in the Lancing goal.
Half way through the half Lansdale found himself one on one with George Bentley in the home goal but Bentley came out on top with a fine save and was injured with an unnecessary follow through by the Lancing player.
Shortly after EP took the lead for the first time with what was the best move of the match. A Rafferty ball into Heryet who flicked the ball first time into the path of Jack Barnes who then clipped the ball over Evans from 25 yards into the net – a fantastic finish from the midfielder.
Just before half time EP had a warning when a long ball over the top released the Lancing winger and Da Costa made another great tackle to deny the shot. Barnes then had a shot which was deflected and saved by the Lancing keeper. Right on half time Lancing equalised when from a corner the ball was cleared and fed back to the corner taker who had too much time to cross and the ball was flicked in at the near post by Daniel – poor defending from the home side.
Half Time: 1-1
The first opportunity in the second half fell to Lancing when Brodie mis-timed his clearance and the Lancing player was denied by another fine one on one save by Bentley. A minute later EP retook the lead when the ball fell to Barnes some 30 yards from goal and his first time volley went over Evans head into the net. An even better finish than his first goal.
Matt Searle then injured his ankle and was replaced by Sam Pidgeon. Just after the Lancing manager was dismissed from the technical area for foul and abusive language to the referee.
EP had a huge chance to put the match to bed and open up a two goal advantage when Heryet went through one on one but Evans in the Lancing goal saved his tame shot.
Five minutes later Lancing equalised again when opportunities to clear were not taken which allowed Daniel to grab his second with a smart finish from inside the box.
In the last ten minutes both sides had a chance to take all three points firstly Da Costa when on a great run from deep put in an excellent cross which Dan Huet volleyed only for Evans to get a hand to and push round the post. The final chance went to Lancing when Pidgeon committed a foul just outside the box and the resulting free kick was fired straight at the wall and cleared to safety.
Full Time: 2-2
Manager Bob Paine said ‘Wasn’t too happy with our first half performance but thought we were a lot better in the second half. Two great goals from Jack today showed great quality and awareness to execute both efforts perfectly. Thought both Lancing goals were poor defending from us and were preventable. Jake had a great chance to give us a 3-1 lead just before they got their second equaliser and I would normally back him to score in those situations but he didn’t really connect with the ball and made it easy for the keeper. Having taken the lead twice we should expect to go on and win the match so a feeling of disappointment in the end that we didn’t.’
Team: George Bentley, Nathan Da Costa, Lewis Jenkins, Scott Slaughter, Josh Etherington, Matt Searle (Pidgeon 48 mins), Scott Rafferty, Jack Barnes, Dan Huet, Jake Heryet (Collins 85 mins), Luke Brodie (Nicholson 79 mins)
Subs: Tom Crook, Sam Pidgeon, Dave Beaney, Jack Collins, Asa Nicholson