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TD Shipley vs Lavant

Saturday16th December’s fixture away to TD Shipley is now being played at Ifield Community College, Crawley on their 3G pitch.
Kick-off time is 2.30pm.

Ifield Community College,
Crawley Avenue,
RH11 0DB

Fixture Change 25th November

The West Sussex League have changed Lavant’s fixture on the 25th November to away to Barns Green. Kick-Off 2.00pm.

Game postponed 21st October

After the heavy downpours in the week and again overnight, 2/3’s of the pitch was waterlogged and village hall car park was flooded and up to the changing rooms.

With more rain forecasted, unfortunately the game had to be postponed today.

Match Report 14th October

Lavant 5 TD Shipley 3

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

Match Report 7th October

Lavant 5 Harting 1

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

Match Report 30th September

Petworth 1 Lavant 3 – Malcolm Simmonds Cup

Saturday Lavant travelled the relatively short journey to locals rivals Petworth for the 2nd Round tie in the Malcolm Simmonds Memorial Cup.

Yet again the weather was vey pleasant as the Summer seems to be extending right up to the end of September. Also Petworth’s pitch was in really good condition after what seems to have been some extensive re-seeding works over the closed season. Great conditions for the match.

Lavant began pressing the home-sides half right from kick-off and had long spells of possession, but with a slow work rate Petworth had time to organise and breakdown any attacks on goal.

To Petworth’s credit they were up for the cup tie and the local derby, as they worked hard to stop Lavant at every opportunity and were also often robust with their tackling.

Then on 20 minutes and really against the run of play Petworth attacked straight down the middle of the pitch and as Lavant tried to intercept the attack the homeside’s midfielder’s shot got deflected past the stranded Lavant keeper Luke Terry, as Petworth somewhat surprisingly took the lead, 1-0.

For the remainder of the first half again Lavant had most of the possession, but Petworth continued to work really hard limiting the visitors chances on goal, as it remained one-nil going into half time.

Right from the re-start there was suddenly an urgency in the Lavant game as again the visitors were on the attack. And within 2 minutes a lovely passing move was finished off by Josh Castle at close range as Lavant were now level, 1-1.

The visitors were now dominating the game as they started to press and force the play as Petworth were really starting to tire and 10 minutes later it was Lavant who took a deserved lead, as Kieran Dowell scored his debut goal for the club, 1-2.

Man of the Match, Cam Corell added a third goal for Lavant to more or less end Petworth’s cup hopes. Then right on full time the visitors were awarded a penalty as Harrison Mitchell was fouled in the area, giving Lavant another chance to add another to their tally. But unfortunately Jordan Clark’s well struck penalty was well saved by the keep, so at full time it remained 1-3 to Lavant.

Lavant now progress to the Quarter Final of Malcolm Simmonds Cup, where they will host Rudgwick.
Date of fixture still to be confirm.

Team: Luke Terry, Mason Haga-Hammond, Dan Cox, Jake O’Brennan, Matt Lyttle (c), Aaron Hancock, James Hubbard, Matt Noble, Zac Moy, Josh Castle, Cam Corell.
Subs: Jordan Clark, Kieran Dowell, Charles Griggs, Harrison Mitchell, Matt Dacombe.
Management: John Price, Ash Rochester, John Wickenden

Match Report 16th September

Lavant 5 Felpam 2 – Centenary Cup

On another hot September day with temperatures at 27 degrees Lavant hosted Felpham in the 1st round of the Centenary Cup.

Felpham fielding what looked like a totally different team from when Lavant played them on the opening game of the season started the game organised and determined to defend their goal as Lavant right from the off were on the attack.

On 8 minutes after constant pressure Lavant opened the scoring with a goal from Charles Griggs from a free-kick just outside the box. The keeper had no chance as the free-kick went straight into the top left hand corner of the goal. 1-0.

For the first 20 minutes Lavant constantly attacked the visitors goal and had a host of chances to extend their lead, but Felpham managed some how to go into the water break on 20 minutes still only 1-0 down.

The remainder of the 1st half was suddenly a different story as Felpham with there route one approach were back in the game with their first attack of the game, drawing level after 25 minutes,1-1.

Lavant response was almost instant as minutes later James Hubbard put the home side back in front. 2-1.

Lavant again were camped in the visitors half with Felpham having few chances to counter attack. But right on half time a long range strike from the Felpham centre forward from 25 yards out gave keeper Ash Rochester no chance, 2-2

This was turning into a real cup game and Felpham were upbeat going into half-time, whilst the home side were facing a roasting from manager’s John Price and Jon Wickenden.

The half time talk must have worked as Lavant were back in the lead 2 minutes from the restart, as Kieran Hartley’s cross was met at close range by Josh Castle scoring past the stranded keeper. 3-2.

The constant Lavant pressure and the temperature started to take it toll on the visitors as with 60 minutes gone Cam Corell extended Lavants lead. 4-2.

With 5 minutes to go James Sandford added another for Lavant 5-2.

5-2 at full time to Lavant. But this was not the homeside’s best performance today, however they progress into the second round of the Centenary Cup, where they will host Stedham at home on the 21st October.

Team: Ash Rochester, Charles Griggs, Dan Cox, Jake O’Brennan, Aaron Hancock, James Hubbard, Kieran Dowell, Matt Noble (c), Zac Moy, Josh Castle, Kieran Hartley.
Subs: Cam Corell, James Sandford, Mason Haga-Hammond, Martin Mugisha, Levi Bentley.
Management: John Price, Ash Rochester, John Wickenden

Match Report 2nd September

Felpham 1 Lavant 6

Centre spot appears to line up with the goal post

After a frantic pre-season Lavant FC kick started their league fixtures away to Felpham Colts at King George V playing fields, Felpham Bognor Regis.

For a Council pitch there was plenty of grass and the pitch was in good condition. But the marking out of the pitch was a little questionable. Felpham just about roped off one side of the pitch and could only find 3 corner flags so they had to improvise

Improvisation, use the barrier post as a corner flag

But Felpham from the kick off was not going to make it easy for the visitors and they worked exceptionally hard to contain Lavant who were constantly attacking the home sides goal.

The deadlock was broken by Lavant’s Zac Moy on on 8 minutes. 0-1.

Most of the first half Lavant were encamped in Felpham’s half, forging some good chances, but just not being able to find the final touch and score. But eventually with the hot weather telling on the home side the flood gates opened just before half time as goals in quick succession from George Cody, Aaron Hancock and James Hubbard, gave Lavant a comfortable four-nil lead going into half time. 0-4

Football is a game of two half’s and with Lavant making a number of changes and Felpham again coming out with a lot of determination from the re-start, the second 45 minutes were less rewarding for the visitors.

Further goals from George Cody and a first for the club from Harrison Mitchell saw Lavant add another two goals to their tally, but in between a sloppy back pass from James Hubbard put captain Charles Selby under unnecessary pressure in the box, resulting in him get a booking and giving away a penalty, which the Felpham striker despatched in the top corner giving goalkeeper Luke Terry, no chance. 1-6.

Team: Luke Terry, Mason Haga-Hammond, Matt Lyttle, Charles Selby (c), Jake O’Brennan, Aaron Hancock, James Hubbard, Kieran Dowell, Cam Corell , Zac Moy, George Cody.
Subs: Charles Griggs, Levi Bentley, James Sandford, Matt noble, Mitchell Harrison.
Management: John Price, Ash Rochester, John Wickenden