Almost a Yellow Weekend

West Chiltington 1 Lavant 1

Lavant first team earned a well-deserved point from Saturday’s game drawing 1-1 away to the league champions.

The first half was an evenly fought affair with Lavant keeping their shape and being well organised at the back, stifling out the home teams attempts on goal. Whilst also being quick to counter attack. And with 30 minutes gone Jordon Clarke broke through the home sides defence, rounded the keeper and score into the empty net, 0-1.

The second half was again an evenly matched game as Lavant pressed once more Clarke breaking down the right flank and squaring back across the six yard box for James Sandford to make it two-nil.  Only to somehow be adjudged to just be offsite.

West Chiltington reacted to this close call by urgently pressing forward in search of the equaliser.  With fifteen minutes remaining they finally got the breakthrough with a shot just inside the box eluding everyone and the keeper to draw level, 1-1.

Lavant saw out the remainder of the match and should have been happy at the final whistle with a draw, away from home against one of the top Premiership teams, but there was real disappointment that they never secured the three points.

Craig Hiller, Matt Grace, Matt Dacombe, Aaron Hancock, Matt Lyttle, James Brooks (c), Monty Morgan, Tom Gray, Jordan Clarke, James Sandford, Ilya Donets. Subs: Jordan Donovan, Ash Court, Harry Knight.

Lavant Reserves 2 Yapton 1
Sussex Junior Cup

The Reserves hosted local rivals Yapton in the first round of the Sussex Junior Cup and this match on paper had a typical local derby game written all over it and it proved to be the case with a player from both sides being sent off in the latter stages of this hard fought game.

The first half saw Lavant create a number of good chances to take the lead early on with both Olli Hamlett and Tim Dockerill coming close to opening the scoring for the home side. But it was James Hubbard on 20 minute who finally broke the deadlock, as his 25 yard shot slipped through the legs of the keeper and in, 1-0, giving Lavant a deserved lead going into half time.

The second half saw Lavant push forward seeking the second goal, whilst Yapton adopted a more direct approach, playing the long ball game to their strikers up front. And it was Yapton’s game plan that payed off as Adam Yaxley was caught in position of the ball allowing Matthews to react quickest and beat Ash Rochester in goal to draw level. 1-1

Lavant after conceding, immediately picked up their game once more and bossed large parts of the remainder of the second half, before Zac Moy’s unstoppable shot from the edge of the box gave the hosts the lead once more. 2-1

In fact Yapton found it hard to contain Moy all afternoon, so the visitors resorted to stopping him via other means and after a number of fouls, another late tackle from Retter on Moy saw both players reacting and eventually being sent off by referee Ken Vickery with ten minutes of the match remaining.

Lavant saw out the final minutes of the game to secure a second round tie away to AFC Acorns from Crawley on the 2nd November.

Ash Rochester, Ben Price, Joe Newton, John Price (c), Jonothon Loe, James Hubbart, James Hockin, Adam Yaxley, Tim Dockerill, Zac Moy, Olli Hamlett. Subs: Curtis Searle-Lunnon, Darren Cox, Ollie Hamlett, Lewis Fogden, Darnell Patrick.