Lavant 1 Newtown Villa 2
Matt Doyle’s 56 min header clinched this game for the visitors at Raughmere Park as he met a Matt Robb corner.
Lavant started well but Newtown gradually worked their way into the game. The game had few chances and was evenly balanced until Bryn Hauxwell drove a 25 yard shot through a ruck of players. Lavant’s ‘keeper, Neil Sanson, who was unsighted did well to block the shot but Matt Russell was first to the rebound to put Villa ahead on 27 minutes.
The homeside were too anxious to level the score and their build up passing game suffered as a result. Hopeful balls on the edge of the attacking third were easily picked up by the visitors’ defence.
After half-time Lavant were more patient but hopes of levelling the score were dashed when Doyle hit what turned out to be the winner.
Manager, David Parker, made a double substitution and changed the formation to give emphasis to a more attacking game. This was rewarded when the homeside were awarded a penalty when James Sandford was upended in the box following Lavant’s increased pressure.
James Brooks pulled Lavant back into the game from his 61st minute spot kick. A Sandford cross gave Mike Bartley a chance to grab the equaliser but he failed to connect with his header.
Fullback, Matt Lyttle commented: “It’s going to be like this for us in the Premier. Only one goal in it. And with few chances, we have to make each one count.”
Lavant: N.Sanson, C.Coe, B.Purgavie, M.Lyttle, M.Neville, J.Brooks, M.Stevens, L.Weller, M.Bartley, J.Sandford. Subs: A.Holmes, S.Smith, J.Lillywhite, R.Baylis, J.Philips
Weekends League Results
Lavant 1 Newtwon Villa 2
Barnham 0 Holbrook 2
Bosham 1 Faygate 0
Lancing 3 West Chiltington 2
Stedham 0 Upper Beeding 2
Malcolm Simmonds Cup
Hunston 2 Pulborough 3
Division III South
Lavant vs Harting – Postponed
Rustington park Seniors 5 Bosham Reserves 5
Whyke Uts 2 Yapton Reserves 2
Wittering Reserves 4 The Vardar VIP 2
Sussex Junior Cup
Nytimber Pirates 8 Southwater Reserves 2
Division I Sunday League
Wheatsheaf 0 Lamb Steyne 1