The final West Sussex League positions are listed below

Premier Division

League Table

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PosTeamPWDLGDPTS
1Capel1817014051
2Rudgwick1814043042
3Newtown Villa18909-427
4Upper Beeding17746-725
5Sompting18639-121
6Petworth18468-1418
7Stedham United185211-3417
8The Unicorn, Bognor Regis17728314 *
9West Chiltington187110610 *
10Lavant182412-1910
* adjustment made

Lavant First Team suffered a very difficult season, as early on a number of results did not fall in our favour and over the first three months, only winning one game, drawing three and losing the remaining six games, of which four frustratingly we narrowly lost by just one goal.

So the team were firmly stuck in the lower half of the Premier league, facing a relegation fight, then just before Christmas team morale was hit, as our manager Steve Taylor-Horsley was about to tender his resignation due to personal family reasons. Steve however kindly carried on until the end of January after which James Callnon supported by Mark Gilligan took over the management of the team up until the end of the season.

Apart from the one game on the 18th December, which we forfeit the home game to Capel due Steve’s availability after suddenly losing his mum, the first team managed to complete all their remaining fixtures for the season.

Steve had managed the first team since the start of the 2018-19 season and at the end of December had completed 3 1/2 seasons as manager. In which time he had been one hundred percent committed to running the first team and being a key active member of the Lavant FC committee, which amongst other things we had to deal with the challenges of Covid over the two previous seasons.

The second half of the season saw a number of teams forfeiting match’s especially away fixtures, as teams struggled to field sides, partly due to the aftermath of coming out of the Covid Pandemic, plus due to rapid increases in inflation mainly due to the war in the Ukraine, seeing players having to work on a Saturday to make ends meet. Additionally with Capel running away with the league and inflicting heavy defeats on a number of team’s including Lavant. Teams just did not fancy travelling all the way to the Surrey based side, so forfeited their away fixture.

All of this did not work in Lavant’s favour and towards the end of the season they found themselves firmly routed on the bottom of the league. Subsequent league penalties to clubs forfeiting games still did not make a difference as it looked like our long stay in the Premier League looked to be over.

Division 2 South

League Table

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PosTeamPWDLGDPTS
1Lavant Reserves1613123440
2The Unicorn Reserves1611323836
3Northbrook1611322336
4Delunited169161928
5Milland16619-2419
6Yapton165110-916
7Optimus165110-2916
8Whyke United163112-2610
9Bosham Reserves163013-269

Lavant Reserves in contrast to the First team had a fantastic season, winning the Division 2 South League title and additionally being awarded by the West Sussex League the Sportsmanship South Cup.

The strong performance of the Reserve side saw the Committee agree starting next season the two teams would switch.