Saturday Lavant welcomed TD Shipley to Raughmere Park for another tough game against a side that knocked Lavant out the Centenary Cup last season and will certainly be challenging for the league title this season
Within two minutes from kick off the visitors were somewhat shocked to find themselves one-nil down as Lavant played some great possession football, as Kieran Dowell picked out Josh Castle in the six yard box for him to slot the ball under the keeper and into the empty net. 1-0.
With 15 minutes gone, Lavant then went two-nil up as Charles Griggs through ball down the right flank is picked up by Castle, who battles with the centre half before slotting past the advancing keeper into the bottom right corner. 2-0
Ten minutes later Lavant further extend their lead as Zac Moy’s cross picks out that man Josh Castle again, who attacks the back post to score past the advancing keeper, giving him his hat-trick and Lavant a resounding three-nil lead within the first 25 minutes of the game. 3-0
Finally TD Shipley get a foothold in the game as their top scorer Ollie Broad pulls a goal back with 29 minutes gone on the clock. 3-1
The visitors comeback was short lived as seven minutes later Lavant restored their lead as Josh Castle latched onto a through ball from Aaron Hancock, to go one on one with the keeper, before claiming his 4th goal of the match. 4-1
With 6 minutes of the half remaining Lavant completed a dominant first half performance as Josh Castle smashed home his fifth of the game finishing off a free flowing move down the left wing resulting in the cross being attacked by Castle and placed into the top corner. 5-1
The second half saw TD Shipley take a new approach to the game, to see if they could recover from the four goal deficit, while Lavant with a full sub’s bench took advantage of the score line to change the team around.
So the second half proved to be a much closer affair and it took 25 minute for the deadlock was finally broken as the visitors pulled a goal back. 5-2.
The game continued in much the same vein, an even battle with both sides trying to score. And just as it looked that the game would be ending with a five-two scoreline, with 4 minutes remaining referee Darren Boult awarded a very soft penalty to the visitors, who despatched the well taken spot kick past keeper Luke Terry. 5-3.
But time had all but run out for the visitors, as Lavant were able to see out the final few minutes of the game, to bag all three precious points and take note of a great performance against a tough side.
Final score Lavant 5 TD Shipley 3.
Team: Luke Terry, Charles Griggs, Dan Cox, Jake O’Brennan, Matt Lyttle (c), Aaron Hancock, Kieran Dowell, Matt Noble, Zac Moy, Kieran Hartley, Josh Castle. Subs: Jordan Clark, Mason Haga-Hammond, George Cody, Charles Selby, Freddie Mercer. Management: John Price, Ash Rochester, John Wickenden
Saturday Lavant welcomed Harting to Raughmere Park for not only another local derby game, but also a top of the table clash between two teams currently in first and second place in the West Sussex Premier League.
Today’s game when it got going proved to be very eventful, but for the first twenty minutes both teams remained organised and each forged opportunities to take the lead, however it remained at stalemate right up to the 25th minute, when Cam Corell clinically finished off a great passing move to give Lavant the lead, 1-0.
Lavant now on the front foot five minutes later were two-nil up as the homeside’s pressure, saw the Harting keeper fail to hold a shot on goal, as Josh Castle was quickest to react and score at close range, 2-0.
The score remained two-nil to Lavant at halftime.
Ten minute after the restart, Cam Corell almost further extents Lavant’s lead, but his long range shot ricochet’s off the visitors bar. Then one minute later Harting counterattacks and scores reducing the deficit, somewhat against the run of play. Game on. 2-1.
With 65 minutes on the clock Harting had a great chance to draw level, but this time the header hits the homeside’s post and away for a goal kick. Straight away Lavant are on the counterattack, only to be abruptly stopped as the referee blows for a serious incident in the centre circle resulting in a Harting player receiving a red card, with the visitors having to finsih the remaining 25 minutes with 10 men.
2 minutes after the re-start and Harting are awarded a penalty, but the spot kick hits the post and Lavant maintain their lead.
1 minute later Kieran Dowell goes on a darting run down the middle of the pitch and picks out Zac Moy on the left flank as Moy cuts inside the box and smashes the ball home, extending Lavant’s lead. 3-1
75 minutes gone and Lavant are making the extra man count as Cam Corell scores his second of the match, beating the outcoming keeper and scoring from a tight angle into the empty goal, 4-1.
With 10 minutes to go Jake O’Bennan headed a fifth for Lavant, 5-1.
Final score Lavant 5 Harting 1.
Team: Luke Terry, Aaron Hancock, Dan Cox, Jake O’Brennan, Matt Lyttle (c), Matt Noble, Kieran Dowell, Zac Moy, Kieron Hartley, Josh Castle, Cam Corell. Subs: Mason Haga-Hammond, Charles Selby, Matt Dacombe, Ben Homer, Ash Rochester. Management: John Price, John Wickenden
The second half LFC’s defence remained steadfast, whilst the team continually attacked Del’s goal. But somehow they were unable to further extend their lead,so the score at the final whistle finished 0-2.
But it was two first half goals for Lavant that sealed the result.
A fantastic opener from Kieran Dowell scoring from just outside the box, into the top corner of the goal, 0-1 on 20 minutes.
And a second 5 minutes later from Josh Castle, 0-2.
Lavant go top of the Premier Division after a dominant away performance against a strong Del Utd at Climping, seeing the visitor’s win two nil, in a game where the scoreline should have been more for the LFC who forged chance after chance on the homesides goal.