Lavant drew with Eastergate Reserves in a crucial league game with both teams at the foot of division 2 in the West Sussex League.

With eight minutes gone and against the run of play, they opened the scoring with a well-taken goal, Mark Richardson heading home from a Tom parker corner.

Eastergate were slow to recover, and with only 16 minutes gone their defence was harried by Alan Sheppard, an error allowed him break free on the right and score from an acute angle.

Eastergate came at Lavant with renewed effort in an attempt to get back into the game, but it proved hard to break down the back four of Strange, Blackman, Ayers and Weller.  It took an unstoppable 35-yard drive in the 24th minute to bring Eastergate back into the game.

With only six minutes of the first half left, Lavant should have made it 3-1 after Sheppard managed to break free of the defence with only the keeper to beat, but his shot was saved.

In the 61st minute Lavant conceded a sloppy second goal. A free-kick was awarded in midfield.  The ball was played into the crowded box and somehow it found its way into the back of the Lavant net.

Each team had opportunities to win the game in the remaining 30 minutes but neither managed to take their chances.