Lavant seemed intimidated for the first 20 minutes from the visitors’ early pressure and the skill with which they stroked the ball around the park.  Bu they retained their shape and looked secure defensively.

The home-side grew in confidence and engineered several counter attacks which resulted  in the first corner of the match on 24 minutes but Eastergate goalkeeper MacDonald cleared his lines.

9 minutes later however Lavant were awarded a free kick on the halfway line and Thomas caught out the visitors by playing it swiftly down the left flank to Richardson whose cross was met by Parker head and the ball was hooked on past MacDonald by Robbie Pinder.

It was now the home-sides turn to switch on the football and a nice build-up from the back again set Richardson free whose cross was headed home at the far post by Loversidge after 37 minutes.

Eastergate were industrious and fluent in their passing but Lavant kept their efforts in front of the defence.  The skilful and strong Eastergate striker Jenkins was brilliantly held up by John Strange to bring the half to an end.

At the restart, Lavant went further ahead through their central midfielder Ben Thomas after Matt Hine teed up the ball for him to side-foot past MacDonald on 47 minutes.

Substitutes Price, Maclean and Keane continued the good work but on 61 minutes Jenkins fired home from 12 yards whilst Lavant claimed the pass from Gavin Sutton had found them offside.

The visitors hit the post on 84 minutes and Lavant had three chances to increase the lead by them cleared on the line.

There is certainly much to applaud in the new Lavant style but also to learn.  They play away to Rustington Reserves next Saturday.

Team: M.Pullen, N.Farrer, J.Strange, M.Ayers, S.Blackman, M.Richardson, B.Thomas, T.Parker, M.Hine, S.Loversidge, R.Pinder.  Subs: M.Price, D.Maclean, M.Keane.