LANCING Football Club boss Richard Whittington felt his side let themselves down with a poor first half showing at Littlehampton on Tuesday.
Lancers conceded four times in the opening 33 minutes against a Golds side who moved to the top of the County League table.
Littlehampton took the lead on nine minutes when ex-Lancer Darren Boswell’s 30-yard free kick squirmed under Callum Fidler and into the net.
Boswell got his second just two minutes later when he got in behind the Lancing backline and coolly slotted home.
A phenomenal four minutes for Golds was capped off by George Gaskin. After his initial shot was saved by Fidler, the ball fell kindly and he made no mistake with the rebound to make it 3-0.
Liam Humphreys almost bagged a fourth on 31 minutes but his right-foot thunderbolt hit a post and went wide.
Golds extended their lead just a minute later, though, with a wonderfully-worked team goal. Kieron Pamment found Joe Shelley, who squared for Dave Herbert to finish the move off.
Boswell almost completed his hat-trick ten minutes into the second half but his curling shot was tipped around the post by Fidler.
Lancing should have netted seven minutes later when Alex Fair’s shot was parried into the path off Lewis Finney but he blazed over from six yards.
Guy Church did manage to pull a goal back for the visitors with a looping half-volley into the top corner with ten minutes left.
The home side restored their four-goal advantage two minutes later, though, when Lee Garnham crossed for Pamment, who saw his shot go in off the underside of the bar.