FOOTBALL: County League round-up (February 4)

LANCING Football Club stormed up to 10th place in County League Division 2 on Wednesday (February 4) with a thumping 6-1 win at Littlehampton.

Lancers, who had lost 5-3 at home to Golds in the Sussex RUR Cup earlier in the season, took the lead after just seven minutes. Darren Boswell's free kick found Rob O'Toole, who headed home.

Dan Griffin doubled the lead midway through the half when he scored from Boswell's corner, but Littlehampton pulled a goal back early in the second period.

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Lancing restored their two-goal lead on 62 minutes when Boswell finished off an excellent team move involving Will Berry and Rob O'Toole.

Boswell then made it 4-1 on 80 minutes when he tapped home the rebound after Scott Hunt's shot was saved by Golds keeper Micky Phillips, and he then completed his hat-trick a minute later.

Hunt then added the sixth two minutes later to leave Lancers boss Martin Gander delighted.

He said: "It really was a fantastic result, and was one of those games where everything went well - and long may it last.

"Darren had an excellent night with three goals and two assists, and Scott Hunt had a tremendous game. He really galvanised the team when Littlehampton got back in it at 2-1."

LANCING: Green; Turley-George, Harwood, Griffin, B.O'Toole; Boswell, S.Hunt, Berry; Burton, Churchill, R.O'Toole. Subs: Spragg (Churchill 12, ankle inj), McCabe (Harwood 82), Aslan (Boswell 85).

Mile Oak exited the Brighton Charity Cup 4-2 at home to division-higher Ringmer.

Oak took a fourth-minute lead when Titus Paterson crossed for Tony Burnett to net, but Ringmer levelled on the stroke of half-time through Aaron MacMillan.

Oak moved back ahead on 50 minutes when a Ringmer defender headed Darryl Livesey's cross into his own net, but Joe Dryer's stunning volley five minutes later drew Ringmer level again.

Ryan MacMillan then ensured Ringmer would progress with goals in the 59th and 76th minutes.

MILE OAK: Stuart; Whiting, Paine, Loughlin, Livesey; Paterson, Pulling, Fleming, Kokot; Burnett, Crellin. Subs: Eaton (Paterson 60), Churchill (Burnett 68), Foreman (Loughlin 74), Austin-Slade, Stenning.


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