Lavant 4 East Dean 1

For the Visitors, this was a must win game to avoid relegation and East Dean dominated the opening phase of the game, coming close to scoring in the 8th and 10th minutes.

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Mike Bartley on the ball

Lavant, devoid of incentive, were very slow to start but gradually eased their way into the game. Then a neat one two between Stuart Loversidge and Ryan Seacombe saw the Loversidge put Lavant ahead in the 18th minute, celebrating his return from injury with the goal.

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No 9 Stuart Loversidge opens the scoring

The homeside with their focus now back on winning the game clipped the visitors’ cross bar six minutes later, before Matt Grace converted a Dave Knight free kick, heading in form close range and giving Lavant a 2-0 lead on 26 minutes.

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Matt Grace head’s in Lavant’s second

Moments from the restart Dean ‘keeper, Simon Hooper, brilliantly denied Knight as the homeside pressed for a third goal.  On 37 minutes the pressure told as Grace’s corner kick was headed home by captain Matt Stevens further increasing the lead.

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First team manager Dave Parker organising the team from the sidelines.  ” Keep it Yellow”

East Dean were quick to respond as Aron Freeman who shone throughout the afternoon pulled one back for the visitors 3 minutes before the interval.

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Sam Cole in the scamble in the box

Lavant played better in the second half, with Loversidge shaving the bar and Hooper pulling off a series of fine saves from Seacombe and Bartley, to deny the homeside further increasing their lead.

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Ryan Seacombe on the ball

Seacombe, eager to win the leading goalscorer award for the Division, eventually beat the agile Hooper with a goal in added time to ensure the Lavant finished the season undefeated.

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Team work brings results

At the end of the game League Committee representative, Jim Hawkins presented the Team with the Division One Championship Cup and the players with their medals to round the season off.

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First team captain Matt Stevens raises the League cup

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