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Lavant attacking West Chiltington’s goal, in search of the winner

Lavant 1 West Chiltington 1

Lavant faced West Chiltington for the second time in as many weeks and this time managed to come away with a share of the spoils.

With lessons learnt from the week before, Lavant had a change in system and personnel for the return fixture but still got off to a disastrous start.

Within the first minute, indecision from left back Jon Wright allowed
the West Chiltington winger to steel in and lay on an easy finish from their No. 9 Glenn Whitaker with marker Matt Lyttle poorly positioned.

Rattled, Lavant struggled to gain a foothold in the match and could have fallen further behind, miss-control from Lyttle allowing the West Chiltington forward to race clear but was denied by a smart save from Neil Sanson.

Lavant finally settled and started to shift the ball around with some neat passing football and both wingers Tom Haslam and Arron Hancock causing their opposing fullbacks all sorts of trouble a goal had to be on the cards.

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Lavant again press West Chiltington back into their half

Ten minutes from half time the goal finally came, a glorious switch of play from Lyttle picking out Mike Neville on the inside right channel, who controlled and fired home with style to deservedly level the score.

The second half started how the first finished, with Lavant dictating the play and dominating possession. Chances were few and far between despite Lavant’s territorial advantage with efforts from Sandford, Neville and Hancock failing to break through.

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Matt Lyttle, Jason Houghton (centre) and John Wright attack the Westchiltington goal

With the final whistle beckoning the chance of the half came, a free kick was awarded 20 yards out which captain James Sandford dispatched only for him to be denied by the underside of the bar with the keeper beaten and the on rushing Lavant players unable to capitalise on the rebound.

Team: Neil Sanson, Richard Gabb, Matt Lyttle, Ben Purgavie, Jon Wright, Jason Houghton, James Brooks, Arron Hancock, Mike Neville, Tom Haslam, James Sandford. Subs: Alex Holmes, Matt Grace, C.Richards.

15th March Saturday’s Results

Premier Division
Lavant 1 West Chiltington 1
Bosham 5 Cowfold 1
Holbrook 4 Hunston CC 0
Faygate 4 Lancing Utd 2
Upper Beeding 1 Wittering 2

Malcolm Simmonds Cup
Newtown Villa 2 Predators 1 AET

Division IV South
Coal Exchange 5 Lavant Reserves 1
Whyke 3 Milland 4

Division IV Cup
Holbrook 3rds 1 The Crown 0