Lavant Youth 0 Broadbridge Heath 5
Lavant Youth U18 2010-2011 Season
Back Row: Manager Rick McKenna, Chris Webb, Callum Young, Charlie Ransom, Kieron Gilbert, Louis Cook-Jones, Luke Cotton, Lewis Finch, Manager Karl Gaffney, Linesman Adrian Parfoot.
Front Row: Ryan Parfoot, Ryan Hillier, Reece Hanson, Chris Colwell, Mwenya Chisanga, Nico House, Jamie White
Lavant’s slim hopes of silverware in their first season in the Arun & Chichester Youth Under 18 League ended this Sunday as they were convincingly beaten in their final game at home by Broadbridge Heath five-nil.
With leading scorer Chris Colwell injured and a lack of a regular goalkeeper, Lavant had to re-shuffle the squad yet again for this crucial game, as Colwell offered to play in goal.
For much of the first forty five minutes Lavant dominated, pressing the visitors back in their own half, but unfortunately failing to make their chances count on goal.
As the half drew on Broadbridge Heath started to get a foothold in the game and somewhat against the run of play they opened the scoring from a rifling shot 25 yards out, giving them a one nil lead and a slight upper hand going into the break.
The second half saw Lavant start lively once more as they pressed forward searching for an equaliser, but with 55 minutes gone the visitors yet again grabbed a goal against the run of play.
This was a critical turning point in the game as Lavant’s resolve seemed to be broken, as they now needed to score at least three times in order to keep their slim title hopes alive, a now seemingly massive uphill challenge.
Broadbridge Heath seized the opportunity and took full advantage in the remaining half hour of the game as they pressed forward and added another three goals to their tally before the final whistle.
After the match Lavant sportingly congratulated Broadbridge Heath on their result, which now puts them in pole position to win the league title.
However with fellow league title contenders Worthing Utd Youth beating Rustington Otters resoundingly eight-one, it consigned Lavant to have to settle for third place in the league, as well as ensuring the league title would go right to the wire and be decided in the final league game of the season when Broadbridge Heath host Worthing Utd Youth, needing a win or a draw to become league champions.
Lavant: C.Colwell, N. House, L. Cotton, K. Gilbert, M. Chisanga, R. Parfoot, L. Cook-Jones, R. Hanson, C.Ransom, C. Webb, C. Young. Subs: L.Finch, R.Hillier, J.White
West Sussex League
Holbrook 1, Barnham Reserves 2
Hunston 3, Lavant 3
Newtown Villa Reserves 0, Faygate 0
Watersfield 1, Capel 2
Division 3 South
Selsey A 3, Angmering Reserves 1
The Sportsman 4, Rustington Park Seniors 2