(Pre-Season Game)

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Lavant attack Petworth’s goal early on in the game

In this first game on the preseason, Lavant started well but Petworth managed to get between the homeside’s midfield and back four putting pressure on the lastline of defence. It was inevitable that in the end the visitors would score and so in the 11th minute Petworth took the lead after their left-winger got clear space behind the back four and his cross was converted.

Lavant had chances to equalise but were thwarted when Petworth’s ‘keeper made a fine save from a thunderous free-kick from Matt Lyttle on 25 minutes and again from Stu Smith in front of goal13 minutes later. However, when Mike Bartley’s effort hit the bar, the ball eventually fell to debut boy, Pete Caveney who equalised 6 mins from the break.

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Mike Bartley on the ball

At the restart, Lavant improved with the midfield picking up runners between themselves and their back four, strikers showing for the ball and an improved passing game and ball retention.

Just as they were getting in the driving seat, they conceded a penalty in the 57thmin which put them behind again.

With the home side failing to remain together as a unit it left Lavant vulnerable to Petworth’s breakaways and counter-attacks. This resulted in the visitors collecting two further goals in the 62 & 66th minutes. Caveney hit a consolation goal for the homeside, bagging his second in the78th minute.

Nevertheless it was a good work out with many signs of promise. Fitness, staying together as a unit, tracking players, learning to negate counters,and patient passing being the coach’s learning priorities before the season starts.

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Lavant and Petworth battle it out in midfield

Lavant: N.Sanson, S.Eastwood, B.Pergavie, J.Wright, M.Lyttle, J.Sandford, T.Parker, M.Stevens, M.Bartley, S.Smith, P.Caveney. Subs: N.Richards, R.Strachan.

Finally the game was noteable for saying “Goodbye” to two great servants of the club Mike Bartley Nathan Richards.  We all wish them well with their new careers.