The gathered crowd at Lavant green were entertained this week to an exciting football feast.
When talented striker Ryan Saigeman won the ball off Lavant’s Guy Pinder in defence and opened the scoring for Villa within 8 minutes of the start, it looked as if Newtown were going to match their impressive start to the season, scoring on average eight goals a game.
But Lavant rose to the challenge and pressed the visitors back into their own half resulting in Lavant’s Simon Watling lifting a close range shot just over the outcoming keeper towards goal but the ball wickedly bounced off the bar and to safety, denying Lavant an equalizer.
Villa’s Andy Rowlands was always a threat organizing several Newtown attacks in midfield but Lavant effectively closed down this space, pressurizing the visitors in the last 10 minutes of the first half. It was therefore fair reward when Tom Parker who on the stroke of half time, chested down a clearance on the edge of the box from a Lavant corner and put the home side on level terms with an unstoppable 25 yard drive that the Villa keeper Johnny Whiffin could only parry into the side of his net. The first half ended 1-1.
Shortly after the restart Lavant fell foul of their susceptibility to set pieces with Saigeman’s long throw being headed home from 4 yards when Jonas Templeman rose literally head and shoulder over the sleeping Lavant defence.
Lavant again responded positively with Dave Kent’s long range shot hitting the upright corner of the goal and Simon Watling forcing a fine save from Whiffin. However, Newtown held on, just managing to maintain their slender lead and with only minutes to go Dave Kent suffered an unfortunate head injury from a high tackle which subsequently needed hospital treatment and so ended the game abruptly, allowing Newtown to thankfully end the game winners, maintaining their impressive league run now totalling four successive wins.
Next week Lavant are away to Lodsworth in the Div II League. Kick-Off 3.00pm.
Team: Martin Pullen, Justin Smith, Martin Ayers, Guy Pinder, Daryl Hall, Robbie Pinder, Dave Kent, Tom Parker, Ben Thomas, Simon Watling, Stuart Loversidge. Subs: Andy Strange, Jon Strange, Matt Hine. Manager: Dave Parker.