Lavant 2 Bosham 3

Bosham on this showing must have every chance to challenge for the Premier Title. Good defending, accurate passing and movement and patient build ups in front of the opponents’ goal were a pleasure to watch.

Nevertheless for the first quarter hour  Lavant had most of the play and looked likelier to score. Eventually, the visitors came into the game and might have taken the first half but for Lavant ‘s compact and organised defending. Half time saw an evenly balanced and goalless game.

Then, came the turning point of the match. Lacking concentration Lavant conceded within a minute of the restart as Joe Hancock gave Bosham the lead with a fine finish.

This required the homeside to abandon their tactics and go all out for the equaliser. They won a corner but when Bosham cleared the resulting swift counter-attack put the visitors 2-0 in front with another fine Hancock finish on 65mins.

Mike Bartley and James Sandford had come close earlier for Lavant. Manager, David Parker, made two substitutions and changed the formation. As this was happening Lavant had conceded a corner and uncharacteristically left Nick Edgington to have a free run into the box to put the visitors in what seemed an unassailable position with his 82nd min header.

But the tactical change Lavant had effected came into play and the homeside pulled two back through Bartley in the 83rd and 86th minute.

Substitute Alex Holmes almost scored the equaliser for the homeside two minutes from time.

Lavant Boss Parker commented; “Bosham are the team we want to emulate. But all that hard work in the first half was wasted by lack of concentration on their 1st & 3rd goals. You can’t do that at this level. But we will learn and improve.”

Lavant: N.Sanson, C.Coe, B.Purgavie, T.Parker, M.Lyttle, M.Neville, M.Bartley, M.Stevens, L.Weller, R.Seacombe, J.Sandford. Subs: R.Gabb, A.Holmes.

Bosham: Fewell, Davies, Brett, Blanshare, Docherty, Probee, Wilson, Downden, Hancock, Bracher, Redman N Subs: Edgington, Redman J, Greenhaf, Ash.