Having lost their final two Southern Combination League Premier Division matches of 2016, Lancers started the new year in fine style and recorded an emphatic 4-1 home victory over local rivals Worthing United.
Lancing boss John Sharman was pleased with the performance and said: “It was an impressive performance after quite a slow start. We were 2-0 ahead and cruising at half-time, then we conceded a silly goal right after the break.
“Credit to the boys, they stuck to their task and it was a really important win for us.
“I made sure the players took nothing for granted after we’d lost 5-1 to them earlier this season.
“We were fully focused, in the end winning quite comfortably and putting in a solid display, it was a perfect way to start the new year.”
Fair broke the deadlock with a thunderous first-time finish following a well-worked move after 26 minutes.
It got better for the home side four minutes later as Fair added a second to ensure Lancers took a two-goal lead into the interval.
United had a lifeline three minutes after the restart when Alfie Gritt capitalised on some confusion in Lancing’s backline.
The home side were then handed an opportunity to restore their two-goal advantage when a penalty was awarded 16 minutes from the end after United’s Jamie Stideford handled in the area.
Finney made no mistake from the resulting spot-kick to fire Lancers 3-1 in front.
Finney then joined strike partner Fair on a brace of strikes as he notched his second eight minutes later.
Fair went close to completing his hat-trick late on but struck an effort just wide as Lancers ran out comprehensive 4-1 victors in the end.
Lancing make the trip to Eastbourne United for their second game of 2017 on Saturday.
LANCING: D’Cruz; E.Finney, Bygraves, Sharman, Fenton; Caplin, Waterman, Berry; Williamson, L.Finney, Fair. Subs: Bennett (Fair), Baah (L.Finney), Frankling (Berry), Funnell.
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