Clymping secured another 3 points and kept their hundred per cent record in a thriller on the Lavant green. It did not look likely to be the outcome when Lavant’s Matt Hine blazed wide from 8 yards after a great build-up and another scintillating move saw Simon Watling’s finish hit the Clymping keepers leg and bounce off the bar to safety. Lavant’s Robbie Pinder also just failed to get on the end of another series of six one touch passes and Watling forced a great stop again from Clymping’s keeper with a twenty five yard thunderbolt.

Clymping could only mustered periodic counter attacks which were kept at bay by fine defending and so their four long range efforts were easily dealt with by Martin Pullen in the Lavant goal.

Lavant’s ascendancy was rewarded twelve minutes from half time when again Lavant strung a number of passes together culminating with Ben Thomas slotting a through ball to Simon Watling who opened the scoring for Lavant on his home debut, 1-0. Lavant saw out the remaining minutes to go in at half time with a well deserved lead.

From the restart Clymping showed why they are joint top of the league by the way they started the second half, whilst Lavant seemed to be still in the dressing room, as first a free kick steered in at the near post in the 58th minute and then a twisting ball turned brilliantly on the bar by the keeper Martin Pullen was not clear in the six yard box and was subsequently scrambled over the line by the Clymping striker.

Five minutes later Clymping looked to be coasting the game after they were awarded a needless penalty, which was duly converted. Clymping could then have gone further ahead two minutes later but the goal was disallowed by an infringement spotted by the referee.

Following this Lavant found their first half form in the last 20 minutes and Watling latched onto a good move started by the irrepressible Daryl Hall and assisted by a through ball from Tom Parker from which Watling unleashed an unstoppable shot on the edge of the box to give Lavant hope with 14 minutes remaining on the clock.

Watling again hit the post and Parker scraped the bar as Lavant tried hard to draw level, however Clymping soaked up the pressure and eventually secured the three points when they capitalized on a bad mistake by Parker in midfield and managed break away and score a fourth in the 89th minute.

Clymping showed why they hold their current position in the league by producing a consistent 90 minutes display. Lavant will have to learn to emulate this if they are to convert their fits and starts attitude into points.

Next week Lavant are at home to Petworth in the Div II Cup. Kick-Off 3.00pm.

Team: Martin Pullen, Justin Smith, Martin Ayers, Guy Pinder, Daryl Hall, Ben Thomas, Tom Parker, Jon Strange, Matt Hine, Robbie Pinder, Simon Watling. Subs: Mark Richardson, Simon Blackman, Mike Martin. Manager: Dave Parker