THREE first-half goals by Lancing condemned the Blues to a 3-2 defeat in division one of the Sussex League at Culver Road.
Despite Max Thoms striking in each half, Selsey failed to capitalise on Lancing having two men sent off.
Adam Hinshelwood’s side hadn’t played for three weeks and Lancing were 3-0 up within half an hour. Graham Martin opening the scoring on two minutes, Charlie Walker grabbed his 20th league goal of the season on 22 minutes and Adam Hunt netted soon after.
Thoms struck from the spot in the 38th minute to give Selsey hope when Lancing keeper Anthony Di Bernando conceded a second penalty and was dismissed, Thoms dispatched his 11th goal of the season.
Sam O’Regan also saw red with 20 minutes to go but Selsey were unable to level.
Lingfield visit the Blues on Saturday in the league. Selsey face Hassocks in an RUR Charity Cup semi-final at Culver Road on Tuesday.