Bridges received a rude awakening after their impressive midweek victory over Horley Town as Lancing, with four wins and a draw from their previous five pre season friendlies, were good value for their win at the Jubilee Field.
Lancing seemed to be more coordinated throughout, with Kane Louis running proceedings after a shaky start by the visitors. Keeper Matt Evans seemed grateful to catch Tom Tolfrey's early attempted lob, and the normal deadly striker had one other decent chance soon after. But Tolfrey was then denied by not only the visiting defence but also a lack of quality service as Bridges stuttered and spluttered their way through an ignomnious first half.
Lancing scored the only goal after twelve minutes with a swift attack down the right leading to two players being denied before Mo Juwara stabbed past a helpless Kieron Thorp. And they almost had another when Tom Caplin cut inside and saw his shot spin off the post.
Both sides had chances in the second half and Andy Sesay seemed hard done by when the referee awarded a free kick against him after seemingly being felled in the box. But Lancing could have had at least another goal themselves and were worthy winners against a Bridges side that played well below their normal standards.
Bridges ; K.Thorp, T.Williams (J.Welch, 67), M.Whitehead (N.Simpson, 67), D.Gunner (T.Bromage, 78), A.Douglas, R.Price Placid, L.Hall (Y.Azzouz, 78), M.Aziaya (A.Robinson, 45), A.Glloga (A.Sesay, 45), B.O'Neill (J.Lansdale, 70), T.Tolfrey.
Report by Alf Blackler