Shoreham Reserves 3 Lavant 2
Sussex Intermediate Cup

Ryan Seacome and James Sandford in Shorehams’s 6 yard box, as Mike Bartley jumps to head the ball, with Richard Gabb lining up a shot on goal

After 30 games without losing, Lavant suffered their second defeat in two weeks. Travelling to Shoreham, they faced an alert and strong homeside but edged the first half in style.

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Mike Bartley chasing Captain Matt Steven’s pass

Despite the Brighton side hitting the crossbar three times, Lavant deserved their 1-0 half-time lead after Richard Gabb and Ryan Seacombe had closed down the homeside’s defenders and given Mike Bartley a chance outside the box to finish in style.

Lavant ‘keeper, Neil Sanson, had by then made two outstanding saves. But, James Sandford and Ryan Seacombe for Lavant had forced two fine stops from Sam Brooks at the other end.

But within one minute of the restart, Shoreham had equalised through Craig Stevens, as Lavant’s lack of concentration exposed them to the sucker punch.

Then, seven minutes later, Bartley almost restored Lavant’s lead from a corner. A Seacombe-Bartley combination saw the latter force another fine save from Brooks.

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James Sandford on the ball

But, two minutes later, Stevens got his second for Shoreham with a fine finish.

The game took another twist, when Lavant were awarded a free kick. Substitute, Mike Neville, floated the ball in and Bartley headed his second and put Lavant level on 78 minutes.

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Matt Lyttle drilling in another Lavant corner

The homeside clinched the tie, however, when Jonny Buggy’s narrow angle shot was deflected past Sanson two minutes from time.

Lavant: N.Sanson, C.Coe, J.Wright, B.Purgavie, M.Lyttle, L.Weller, M.Bartley, M.Stevens, R.Gabb, J.Sandford, R.Seacombe. Subs: M.Neville, D.Maclean