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Alex Holmes battling to win the ball
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Lavant 2 Bosham 2

Lavant bounced back from last week’s heartless 8-1 defeat with a performance that no one could criticise on the grounds of lack of effort.

Bosham played the better polished football but Lavant’s tactical response was spot on, even though the visitors  went ahead from their first corner with Lavant defender Jon Wright unluckily heading into his own goal on 5 minutes.

The homeside maintained their shape and confidence and deserved their equaliser when Alex Holmes shot went in off the bar on 14 minutes after just earlier Pete Caveney had forced a great stop from Stephen Meakrall in the Bosham goal.

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Peter Caveney holding off the Bosham defender
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To manager David Parker’s exasperation, Lavant lost their tactical shape for a 10 minute period during which predictably Joe Hancock superbly turned home Graeme Dowden’s left wing cross in the 25th minutes.

The homeside regathered their shape and Meakrall again saved from striker Stuart Smith’s 34th minute effort. Then right on half time Lavant were denied a stone wall penalty, as Bosham instantly counterattacked earning a themselves a penatly in the confusion.  Thankfully a great save by Lavant keeper Neil Sanson form Hancock’s spot kick, kept the homeside in the game going into half time.

In the second half, Lavant had no lapses in formation and the game evolved into Bosham moving the ball round well and having the most possession while the Homeside defended resolutely and struck on the breaks. From one such break, James Sandford put Lavant level on 64 minutes.

Manager Parker said ” After last week’s performance I was pleased with the mental approach of the team shown by twice coming back from behind and sticking to the plan”.

Lavant: N. Sanson, H.Polack, B.Purgavie, J.Wright, M.Lyttle(Capt), J.Sandford, T.Parker, D.Knight, A.Holmes, P.Caveney, S. Smith. Subs: M.Richardson, W.Ciziszyhsk.

Bosham: Meakrall, Probee, Dowden, Mullen, Hancock Jack, Docherty, Davies, Wilson, Huntley, Hancock Joe (Capt), Hartley. Sub: B.Evans

14th September Saturday’s Results

Premier League
Lavant 2 Bosham 2
Cowfold 3 Lancing 1
Upper Beeding 0 Henfield 2

Sussex Intermediate Cup
Roffey 8 Faygate 0
West Chiltington 1 Newtown Villa 4

Centenary Cup
Alfold 1 Hunston 5

Division IV South
Whyke 2 Lavant Reserves 3
Coal Exchange 3 The Crown 1