Watersfield 1 Lavant 3
After drawing with two and beating the other of the top three clubs in their last three games, Lavant visited the 4th top club on Easter Monday.
Watersfield lay 2nd in the League and needed only one point to ensure promotion. They were denied that certainty as their visitors outplayed them in Lavant’s last game of the season.
The Chichester side opened with delightful football and deserved to have taken the lead as Darren Cox twice hit the woodwork and had a shot cleared off the line in the first quarter hour. Speedy, Matt Denule cleverly lobbed the Lavant ‘keeper, Ash Rochester, but the ball bounced over.
When Dan Andrew’s cross hit the post, Denule’s shot was bravely blocked by Sid Green. But all this was against the run of play and Lavant deservedly took the lead, when Ryan Seacombe, on fire during the afternoon, outstripped his markers and laid on James Brooks opener just before the interval.
Lou Weller nearly made it two for the visitors with an intelligent lob just after the restart. Watersfield fought back but the Chichester side were solid defensively. When they did get through, Rochester blocked Denule twice and pulled off a great reaction save on 51 minutes.
At the other end, Cox forced a great stop from the home ‘keeper, Carl Sutton, before wonder man Seacombe put the visitors 2-0 in front 3 minutes later.
Then Lavant showed their inexperience by going wild for a 3rd goal. They lost shape and let Watersfield’s best player Denule put the homeside back in the game on 58 minutes.
The visitors regrouped, settled and saw the rest of the game out in a more professional manner. Seacombe’s solo run and goal 11 minutes from the end killed any hopes Watersfield might have had.
Assistant Manager, Dave Kent said: “Only 2 defeats in the last 12 games shows how far the team has come since Christmas and if we can keep the squad together this certainly raises our hopes for next season.”
Lavant: A.Rochester, C.Coe, T.Parker, J.Wright, S.Green, L.Weller, D.Knight, J.Brooks, D.Cowell, R.Seacombe, D.Cox. Subs: G.Ockwell, S.Eastwood.