Lavant 1 Lancing Utd 4

Lavant returned to playing their home games on the village green against fellow early strugglers Lancing Utd. However, Lavant could not have started in a worse manner, giving away two cheap free kicks in the opening minutes with the second resulting in a goal. A well flighted delivery in from the right by Lancing’s impressive Souter, resulting in a free header at the back post for their centre half.

Lavant continued to wobble in the opening exchanges but gradually grew in confidence as they imposed their passing game. As the half drew on it was all Lavant but once again they were found wanting in the final third with an inability to find that final pass. Halftime came and it left the home side wondering if not getting that equaliser after such pressure would cost them dear.

Lavant started the second half determined to pick up where they left off searching for that elusive goal but another cruel blow was dealt. Lavant’s Jon Wright playing a lazy square ball inside, easy for Lancing’s number 9 to intercept and fire at the Lavant goal and eventually squirming under keeper Neil Sanson. Further individual errors by Richard Gabb and Jordan Lillywhite allowed Lancing to race into a 4-0 lead and surely out of sight for Lavant.

Still Lavant persevered, passing the ball well but again creating little. Changes were made with the introduction of Richardson and Neville along with a slight change in system. It was then the goal of the game came, Lavant breaking down the left and finding Brooks inside the box, a neat turn creating the space to lay on Sandford to tuck away, 4-1.

Lavant have to take heart of what was good in this performance but learn quickly about what needs improving. We hope it’s just a matter of time until it all clicks.

Team: Neil Sanson, Richard Gabb, Jordan Lillywhite, Jon Wright, Matt Lyttle, James Brooks, Dave Maclean, Dave Knight, Stuart Smith, Peter Caveney, James Sandford. Subs: Mark Richardson, Mike Neville

19th October Saturday’s Results

Premier League
Lavant 1 Lancing Utd 4
Holbrook 1 Bosham 4
Newtown Villa 3 Hunston CC 1
Upper Beeding 1 Faygate 0

Centenary Cup
Henfield 5 Ockley 2
West Chiltington 3 Cowfold Reserves 1
Wittering 5 Rogate 0

Division IV South
Bracklesham 5 Lavant 0
The Crown 15 Harting Reserves 0
Milland 2 Coal Exchange 3
Bosham Reserves 2 Whyke 1

Division IV Cup
Lake Road Rangers 1 Horsham Crusaders 2 AET
Newdigate Reserves 2 Tangmere 4 AET

12th October Saturday’s Results

Premier League
Faygate 2  Bosham 1
West Chiltington 1 Hunston 4

Sussex Intermediate Cup
Worthing vs Lavant (away win)
AFC Uckfield 0 Holbrook 3
Cowfold 3 Henfield 2
Midway 1948 vs Lancing – Away Win
Newtown Villa 6 Westfield Reserves 2
Royal Hove 1 Wittering 2
Upper Beeding 2 Uckfield Town 3

Bareham Trophy
Lavant Reserves 6 Watersfield 1
Bosham Reserves 9 Hammer Reserves 2
Felpham Colts 0 Coal Exchange 1 AET
Harting Reserves 1 Rustington Park Seniors 12
Lodsworth Reserves 0 The Crown 11
Milland 3 Ajax Trees 2
Stedham Reserves 1 Bracklesham 4
Tangmere 1 Newtown Villa 3rds 4