Matt Lyttle taking free-kick just outside West Chiltington’s box, late second half
Lavant 3 West Chiltington 1
This weekend Lavant hosted West Chiltington looking to put behind them their disappointing opening weekend defeat vs Rogate. It was a steady start by the home side, enjoining the lion’s share of possession, disciplined in their shape and solid in defence.
Lavant failed to create any clear cut chance during the opening exchanges and as their frustration grew West Chiltington started to get them into the game. Their one ball approach was predictable but becoming effective with the ever busy Gary Weaden playing through the centre and if not for Matt Lyttle and Paul Jones defending superbly Lavant could have found themselves behind.
Against the run of play at that point and perfectly timed to tip the balance of play Lavant took the lead. With West Chiltington caught in possession allowing a superb through to Dan Baker, in an onside position and competently fired home past the exposed keeper.
Minutes later Lavant looked to of double the lead, great work by Aaron Hancock on the right hand side, a fortunately deflection from some robust challenges found Peter Caveney free in the box to toe home. Offside was given but no one could describe who, what, where or why? In any case the goal was chalked off.
This clearly gave greater motivation to the home side that shortly after doubled their lead and in what style. Again the build up was neat, tidy and more importantly patient. James Sandford was found 12 yards out who showed great feet to fashion an opening to rifle in off the underside of the bar, great goal.
The second half was all about remaining solid and giving the visitors no sniff of a comeback being on the cards. Lavant dealt with what West Chiltington had to throw at them, played the percentages by looking to turn them over at any given opportunity before settling the game down. Any storm was weathered and the defence stood firm, but then the visitors were given a lifeline. On this occasion the lines weren’t cleared and an opportunist drive from outside the area zipped off the surface to beat goalkeeper Ash Court.
This of course left some nervy moments for the Lavant, but it was the home side that put the game to bed with the impressive Baker netting his second following more good play on Lavant’s right coming from the feet of Hancock.
Team: Ash Court, Matt Grace, Paul Jones, Matt Lyttle, Richard Gabb, Aaron Hancock, James Brooks (captain), Charlie McLaren, Pete Caveney, James Sandford, Dan Baker. Sub: Will Cieszynski
The team celebrate’s Dan Bakers second goal and Lavant’s third of the game