Lavant 3 Faygate 2

Lavant achieved back to back victories for the first time
this season with a 3-2 win over bottom side Faygate.

The hosts started well, pressing high up the pitch and
looking to get in behind the Faygate defence. However, what so often seems to
be the case, Lavant failed to capitalise on their territorial advantage with a poor final ball in the attacking third or not moving the ball quick enough.

Thirty five minutes into the half Lavant were made to pay for
their profligacy in front of goal as Faygate countered with their first
meaningful attack of the half and the Faygate forward finishing superbly from the edge of the area.

In the second half it was clear that Lavant had to change something and introduced target man Dan Mortimer which also resulted in a change of shape. Whilst the home side adjusted Faygate capitalised with a
long ball over the top and indecision in the back line, the Faygate forward comfortably tucked away his 2nd of the game.

Lavant’s response to this was quick, good work by Neville
feeding Sandford down the left, a low driven cross into Mortimer who finished first time cutely into the bottom right corner.

Lavant now very much in the ascendancy soon levelled,
this time Mortimer turning the provider and Sandford racing clear to poke home past the stranded keeper.

Further chances came and went but it was Captain James
Sandford who won the game with a spectacular curled effort from the edge of the
box to ensure Lavant came away with all 3 points.

Team: Neil Sanson, Craig Spann, Matt Lyttle, Jon Wright, Jordon Lillywhite, Jason Houghton, Richard Gabb, Arron Hancock, Mike Neville, Tom Haslam, James Sandford. Subs: Alex Holmes, Dan Mortimer, Ben Purgavie, MikeBartley.

1st March Saturday’s Results

Premier Division
Lavant 3 Faygate 2
Bosham 7 Newtown Villa 3

Sussex Intermediate Cup
Cowfold 3 Holbrook 2

Malcolm Simmonds Cup
Hunston 1 Ockley 2

Division IV Cup
Horsham Crusaders 1 Milland 3

Bareham Trophy
Yapton Reserves 1 Coal Exchange 2