This was a must win game for Lavant if they were to have any hope of avoiding relegation.
Predators had much of the possession early on with Rod Nielson very instrumental in their animated approach. Nielson who has played for Predators for several years summed up the Bognor side’s early performance “we were excellent in our build up” he said “but let ourselves down with the final ball”.
Lavant however soaked up the pressure and hit decisively on the counter attack. Predators despite their possession only threatened three times. A free kick on 9 minutes, a 15 minute cross that trickled into the Lavant keeper’s hands and a shot by the ubiquitous Nielson which shaved the bar a minute from half-time contrasted with the home-side’s breakaways.
A stunning move saw Lavant wing-back Daryl Hall hit a post, striker Stuart Loversidge shaved the post and Robbie Pinder came close. It was no surprise then on the half hour that on another counter attack Loversidge outpaced 3 defenders and hammered home his first goal from a narrow angle on the left. Pinder fired inches wide on half time.
Nine minutes into the second half Loversidge hit his second with an intelligent and stunning lob. Joe Hepworth replaced Matt Hine and added fresh impetus to the home-side’s attack.
Again Nielson’s analysis was proved true: for despite possession the Bognor side produced only two threats on goal when Chris Jackson forced a fingertip same from in form Martin Pullen on 71 minutes and Polish star Diane shaved the bar in the last minute.
Again substitute Matt Price and Pinder came close on five occasions from adding a third.
Lavant’s relegation survival battle looks like going right to the wire.
Team: M.Pullen, J.Strange, T.Parker, N.Farrer, M.Richardson, B.Thomas, M.Ayers, M.Hine, D.Hall, S.Loversidge, R.Pinder. Subs: J.Hepworth, M.Price, A.Sheppard.