Lavant 3 Southwater 0

Lavant ground out this win against mid-table Southwater.

The visitors almost went behind when Lavant striker Ryan Seacombe broke clear just before the quarter hour but ‘keeper, Matt Laker, denied him.

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James Brooks on the ball 

Toby Levett and Scott Cox both shot over the bar as Southwater produced a terrific work-rate and unrelenting pressure on the ball. Lavant did eventually settle down to their passing game on the half-hour and immediately Seacombe netted but was ruled offside, then hit the post and Mike Bartley went inches wide.

The second half continued in the same vein until fullback, Matt Lyttle broke the deadlock by heading home Mike Neville’s corner on 59 minutes.

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Matt Lyttle heading home Lavant’s opener from a Mike Neville corner

Eight minutes earlier, Ben Wlthius had blocked Seacombe’s header on the goal-line. At the other end, Lavant ‘keeper, Neil Sanson, pulled off two fine saves from Lovett and Paul Osborne as the Horsham side threw everything forward as they tried for the equaliser. But this opened them up to counterattacks and from one of these, Sam Cole doubled Lavant’s lead on 76 minutes.

Lavant then secured the game scoring a third when Dave Knight put Seacombe through 5 minutes from normal time. Laker again denied him but James Brooks was quickest to react drilling home the rebound.

Lavant now just need one further win to secure the League Title.

Assistant Manager Dave Kent commented:” This game was closer than the scoreline suggests. Every opponent is lifting their game to be the first team to beat us. It’s tough.”

Lavant: N.Sanson, C.Coe, J.Wright, B.Purgavie, M.Lyttle, M.Neville, J.Brooks,  D.Knight, R.Seacombe, M.Bartley, S.Walder.  Subs: N.Latham, S.Cole, M.Grace