Derby win for Panshanger over Lemsford

PUBLISHED: 17:02 04 October 2012 | UPDATED: 17:12 04 October 2012

Panshanger attack the Lemsford half

Panshanger attack the Lemsford half


PANSHANGER gained their first league win of the season away to derby rivals Lemsford on Saturday.

It was a game in which both sides needed to win to pull themselves away from the group of clubs at the bottom of the HSCL Division One table.

The first half was dominated early on by Lemsford who produced some good work down the left hand side through the pace of Luke Radley who troubled the Panshanger back four all half.

A poor challenge just outside the Panshanger box gave Lemsford the chance to go ahead through a free-kick.

However, they found Panshanger keeper Benn Ginn in fine form as he pushed the low drive around his post.

This proved to be the first of a string of great saves from the big keeper to keep Panshanger in the game.

Panshanger were looking for a way forward and settled down to play higher up the pitch in the Lemsford half.

After a series of attacks and some good wing play from Lynch they were awarded a free-kick.

From 25 yards Lee McDonald fired home an unstoppable shot around the Lemsford wall and into the corner of the net to hand Panshanger a 1-0 lead at half time.

The second half saw Panshanger start at pace and grab hold of the ball and press the Lemsford defence.

Panshanger’s Jack Hague provided some good work down the right before setting up Ben Smith for his first of the game smashing home from close range.

Shortly after, another good phase of play extended the Panshanger lead through McDonald finding the net for his second.

A shuffle of players with half an hour to go saw three changes from Panshanger with Billy Rolland, Warren Clayson and Tom Dickens come on and add to the Lemsford defensive problems through their pace and drive.

With gaps opening up across the Lemsford midfield and back four, Smith settled things with his second of the game after a trademark solo run and finish.

Panshanger’s man of the match sponsored by Formwise Washrooms Ltd was keeper Ginn.

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