Another game of two halves from Lavant in this Division II game.
Stedham were busy, communicative and made good runs off the ball. The visitors presented the best and proper use of wingbacks I have seen in the league.
However the home side were trying out a new system and holding their own in a match that was a great spectacle. This sadly changed when referee Dave Winter awarded a dubious penalty for pushing in the 15th minute. Stedham’s Steve Kintott fired the visitors ahead from the spot.
With the controversy interfering with Lavant’s concentration Matt Tilly put Stedham further ahead two minutes later even though the home side claimed offside.
Stedham were awarded a corner on 29 minutes and Lavant keeper instead of palming high, long and wide, knocked it down to Guy Haigh who tapped in 0-3.
Another individual defensive error let Adam Porter add a fourth 6 minutes later and on 38 minutes a route one clearance by the visitors was volleyed first time by Tilly to produce a sensational fifth.
The second half saw a much more even game in which there were no goals but plenty of excitement. Stedham should top the league this season but if Lavant can overcome their first half blues they may escape the relegation zone where they now dwell.