Lavant 4 Old Town Athletic 5
Sussex Intermediate Cup

This Sussex Intermediate Cup game turned into a real thriller as Lavant entertained their premiership rivals from Eastbourne at Raughmere Park.

The homeside started confidently with Ryan Seacombe turning a Stuart Loversidge cross into the net to give Lavant the lead on 4 minutes.

The visitors ‘keeper, Liam Morris, denied Seacombe a second, minutes later and then Matt Stevens fired over the bar.

The turning point came from a free-kick inside the “D” when Shane Norvell equalised for Athletic. It then turned into an end to end free for all.

Seacombe restored Lavant’s lead on 27 minutes, only for Sean Feeney to take it away again with a 33 minute goal.

Lavant’s Price then had a goal disallowed. A brilliant individual goal by Loversidge 4 minutes later put the homeside ahead only for it to be levelled by Olly Mayhew 5 minutes from half-time.

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Mike Bartley scorer of Lavant’s 4th goal

The second half continued in the same vane. Mike Bartley again put Lavant ahead on 53 minutes but Norvell equalised 11 minutes later. Bartley forced a fingertip save from Morris whilst at the other end, Ben Saber put Athletic in front for the first time on 90 minutes.

David Payne ended a delightful Lavant move but found the post denied the homeside their equaliser 3 minutes into stoppage time and Athletic progressed to the next round.

Lavant: S.Eastwood, C.Coe, B.Purgavie, M.Lyttle, M.Hine, M.Price, M.Bartley, M.Stevens, M.Neville, S.Loversidge, R.Seacombe. Subs: L.Weller, D.Payne.