Depleted Heath count the cost of unavailability at in-form Lancing

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A severely depleted Broadbridge Heath side became the latest victims of Lancing’s end of season form with a 3-0 defeat at Culver Road on Saturday.

With six first team regulars already missing from his side, Broadbridge Heath manager Steve Painter knew the trip to an inform Lancing was going to be a difficult one.

But when hit by a further two late withdrawals on the morning of the match, it meant bringing in some inexperienced players from the reserves and the task then became almost impossible.

The visitors started on the front foot and almost went ahead after only ten minutes when Rob Godfrey’s well-struck sighter was tipped around the post by Callum Fidler.

The Bears went close again through Jamal Sultan, but Lancers were beginning to exert their authority and Elliott Flack reacted well to keep out Alex Fair.

Lewis Finney flashed a drive just off target shortly before the interval, but Heath failed to heed those warnings as the hosts levelled two minutes after the restart.

Fair was crowded out in the area, the loose ball dropped for Ross Adams to rifle in from 25 yards.

They added a second midway through the half from substitute Neil Munday and completed the scoring in the 70th minute with a goal from Michael Williamson.

Painter was very disappointed with his team’s performance after the game, even with a weakened side he knows the players are capable of playing much better than they did.

He is hoping to have some senior players back for Saturday when they host title chasers Littlehampton.