Lavant 5 Felpam 2 – Centenary Cup

On another hot September day with temperatures at 27 degrees Lavant hosted Felpham in the 1st round of the Centenary Cup.

Felpham fielding what looked like a totally different team from when Lavant played them on the opening game of the season started the game organised and determined to defend their goal as Lavant right from the off were on the attack.

On 8 minutes after constant pressure Lavant opened the scoring with a goal from Charles Griggs from a free-kick just outside the box. The keeper had no chance as the free-kick went straight into the top left hand corner of the goal. 1-0.

For the first 20 minutes Lavant constantly attacked the visitors goal and had a host of chances to extend their lead, but Felpham managed some how to go into the water break on 20 minutes still only 1-0 down.

The remainder of the 1st half was suddenly a different story as Felpham with there route one approach were back in the game with their first attack of the game, drawing level after 25 minutes,1-1.

Lavant response was almost instant as minutes later James Hubbard put the home side back in front. 2-1.

Lavant again were camped in the visitors half with Felpham having few chances to counter attack. But right on half time a long range strike from the Felpham centre forward from 25 yards out gave keeper Ash Rochester no chance, 2-2

This was turning into a real cup game and Felpham were upbeat going into half-time, whilst the home side were facing a roasting from manager’s John Price and Jon Wickenden.

The half time talk must have worked as Lavant were back in the lead 2 minutes from the restart, as Kieran Hartley’s cross was met at close range by Josh Castle scoring past the stranded keeper. 3-2.

The constant Lavant pressure and the temperature started to take it toll on the visitors as with 60 minutes gone Cam Corell extended Lavants lead. 4-2.

With 5 minutes to go James Sandford added another for Lavant 5-2.

5-2 at full time to Lavant. But this was not the homeside’s best performance today, however they progress into the second round of the Centenary Cup, where they will host Stedham at home on the 21st October.

Team: Ash Rochester, Charles Griggs, Dan Cox, Jake O’Brennan, Aaron Hancock, James Hubbard, Kieran Dowell, Matt Noble (c), Zac Moy, Josh Castle, Kieran Hartley.
Subs: Cam Corell, James Sandford, Mason Haga-Hammond, Martin Mugisha, Levi Bentley.
Management: John Price, Ash Rochester, John Wickenden