SOUTHWICK Football Club missed the chance of sealing promotion from County League Division 3 on Tuesday evening when they lost at home to fellow high-flyers Langney Wanderers.
Wickers would have sealed a top-two finish with a win, but they will still lift the title if they win their final two games of the season – against Ifield and Ferring.
Southwick were missing the suspended Lee Denyer and unavailable Alex Sarkies and came up against a strong Langney side, who included striker Trevor McCreadie, who has played in the Ryman League for Worthing and Horsham this season.
Wickers started well and went close early on through Tom Donnelly’s header, which was well saved by visiting keeper Leigh Sherwood.
At the other end, McCreadie fired across goal and Paul Rogers’ snap-shot was well saved by Southwick stopper Jason Bridge.
The hosts failed to heed those let-offs, though, and fell behind ten minutes before half-time when Shane Saunders headed home Rogers’ flag-kick.
Southwick twice went close to levelling but Danny Clayton pulled an effort wide, before Dean Lipscombe’s wind-assisted free kick clipped the top of the bar.
There were few clear chances after the break before McCreadie put Langney 2-0 up with ten minutes to go.
Wickers put pressure on Langney late on but Dean Smith’s header hit the bar and George Turrell’s follow-up was cleared off the line.
Wickers are at Ifield on Saturday.
SOUTHWICK: Bridge; R.Clayton, Smith, C.McClymont, Lipscombe; Finney, Turrell, Strevens; D.Clayton, Neenan, Donnelly. Subs: Gillard (D.Clayton 72), Barlow (Finney 80), Stevens (Neenan 84), W.McClymont, Pryor.