This week’s match at Raughmere Park, saw Lavant Reserves get the result they have been threatening to do for weeks, beating Graffham Reserves convincingly 3-0.
Lavant straight from kick off attempted to play the game in Graffham’s half and for much of the first quarter they relied on getting the ball deep into the visitor’s last third in an attempt to threaten the goal and with 15 minutes gone the pressure paid off when the visitors failed to clear an effort from DJ Wright out the Graffham box and Giles Weller pounced driving the ball home from close range, 1-0.
Five minutes later Lavant were unlucky not to go further into the lead when Dave Kent’s well taken corner floated over the Graffham Keeper goal bound, but the ball unfortunately hit the back post bouncing outwards and was cleared to safety by the Graffham defence.
Lavant did not have it all their own way and Graffham with the extra man in midfield started to exploit the home side down the flanks, on the break and they should have equalised after Lavant keeper Chris Bowles was rounded in the box but somehow Justin Smith managed to race into the goal mouth and clear the Graffham shot off the line.
With half an hour gone Lavant eased the pressure by doubled their lead when Carl Drinkwater won the ball in the Graffham half and unleashed an unstoppable shot from 25yards out, low past the Graffham keeper giving him no chance, 2-0.
For the remaining minutes of the half Lavant midfielders Weller, Andy Strange and Mike Martin worked hard in midfield keeping Graffham at bay ensuring the homeside went into a convincing 2-0 lead at half time.
Lavant started the second half unchanged playing the with the same formation, however with 15 minutes gone Jimmy Hird replaced Dave Kent and the home side reverted to playing five in midfield matching Graffham player for player. This had an immediate effect as Lavant really started to dominate the game playing some of their best football of the match.
With 30 minutes remaining Roy Gibbs replaced the injured Mike Howes and shortly afterwards Strange’s through ball allowed D J Wright to break free of the defender and bury the ball into the back of the Graffham net, giving him the goal he so much deserved for all his hard work up he had put in for Lavant up front, 3-0.
Graffham came close to gaining a late consolation goal but Bowles pulled off a great save to deny the visitors. Matt Carver, Dan Johnson and Giles Weller in the Lavant defence remained steadfast and so ensured they saw out the remainder of the game with Lavant maintaining a clean sheet.
Next week Lavant Reserves are away to Tangmere.
Team: C.Bowles, M.Carver, D.Johnson, J.Smith, M.Martin, D.Kent, A.Strange, G.Weller, C.Drinkwater, D.J.Wright, M.Howes: Subs: R.Gibbs, J.Hird.