Cowfold suffer their first league defeat of the season

Lavant 3 Cowfold 2

This Saturday saw Lavant welcome unbeaten league leaders Cowfold to the Village Green and if Lavant were to harbour any hopes of mounting a serious challenge for the league title it was a must win game of football.

As one of the footballing clichés say, football is a game of 2 halves and this match certainly lived up that. Both sides started steadily, keeping the ball on the deck with some neat passing possession football. 7 minutes in, Lavant were provided gift after being awarded a freekick their own half. A long angled ball into the Cowfold area, their fullback attempted to head home but it was well read by Sandford who rounded the keeper a slotted home, 1-0.

On 20 minutes Lavant doubled their lead, Aaron Hancock with a well flighted corner kick finding Jones at the far post to head the home side two up. Jones continued to cause the league leaders problems from any Lavant set piece and was unlucky not to add to his tally on numerous occasions.

With halftime approaching came the move of the game, Lyttle winning the ball on the edge of his own area picked out Haggar whom laid on a superb through ball for Sandford to run onto and finish on style from 18 yards.

The second half started with Cowfold at Lavant from the off, pressing high and affording Lavant no time on the ball. Lavant survived a few early scares but were eventually undone 4 minutes into the half. An in-swinging free was spilt by keeper Sanson and although he managed to save the 1st follow up it was eventually tuck in to make it 3-1.

The visitors clearly buoyed by this continued to cause the home side all kinds of problems but the defence stood firm one way or another.

On the hour mark came a moment of controversy, a long Cowfold throw bounced through a mele of players and found its was into the back of the net. But did it touch a player on the way in, the home side furiously protested that it hadn’t but the referee ruled that full back Wright had kicked into the roof of his own net. 3-2 and certainly game on for Cowfold.

Cowfold again probed away for that all important equalizer in order to maintain their unbeaten status but the Lavant held firm whilst looking dangerous on the counter.

This was a cracking result for Lavant and keeps their hopes of challenging for league honours alive with plenty of football still to come this season. Next week Lavant host Newtown Villa in which could be a entertaining encounter after the 5-4 score line earlier in the season.

Team: Neil Sanson, Richard Gabb, Paul Jones, Matt Lyttle, Jon Wright, Ollie Haggar, James Brooks, James Batten, Aaron Hancock, Dan Baker, James Sandford (c). Subs: Ben Purgavie, Mike Neville.