Southern Combination League - Premiership
LINGFIELD ( 0 ) 1 HASSOCKS ( 0 ) 0
( Clements 70.)
LINGER no LONGER
A trip to the most northerly outpost of the SCL, was rather on the cards with a trip to fellow neighbours and villagers namely LINGFIELD, an outpost where possibly 'Angels might fear to tread', with its quaint Cricket pavilion serving a dual purpose for both codes of English sporting history, plus its unfortunately situated small stand which customers might well be advised beforehand to invest in far reaching binoculars, today about half dozen hardy souls were housed, the majority of the official gate of 42 being either within or in front of said pavilion, I mention 'within' because not only is it warmer, but we are bought back to the 21st century with TV coverage of the same match being shown, plus at HT one can see a rerun of the first half with ones cuppa, shame their was no snacks on display, never mind as they say 'its only a game'
As for the game itself, it was hardly one for the connoisseur with its dampened and bobbly surface making it difficult in the controlling and passing of the ball, plus a few ill judged tackles thrown in , giving it a rather 'stop start' routine.
Both sides had chances, but both keepers were never really tested, but come the second half with the LINGERS now kicking up the slope and getting on top, the break finally came on 70 minutes when leading scorer Sam Clements 'stooped to conquer' a Conor Wilford cross out left, giving the LINGERS the lead and eventually the points that has now pushed them up another notch ( 8th ) in their first season back in the Premiership, not bad for a club that could still have the shadow of WG GRACE 'tut tutting' in the background!