Faygate 0 Lavant 3
A Dave Knight hat-trick gave Lavant a deserved win away to fourth in the table Faygate.
A delicious four man move on the left, set Knight up for his first as early as the 3rd minute. Another slick combination, again involving Matt Stevens and Ryan Seacombe then lined the 18 year old up for his second on 18 minutes.
The visitors had twice in the last two games been 2-0 up only to throw the lead away; be it against the two league leaders. Here they learnt their lesson and endured Faygate’s pressure in a more professional manner.
The turning point of the match came 4 minutes before half-time when Lavant goalkeeper, Ash Rochester, saved the only sniff at goal the homeside produced, blocking Phil Jones low drive.
After the restart, Lavant placed their emphasis on protecting their lead and looking for any further goals as a bonus. This almost came in the 74th minute, after a Lavant series of one-two passes set Seacombe up but the striker’s shot was brilliantly blocked by the outstanding Josh Tricker.
Ten minutes later, Seacombe singularly worked a chance for himself but his effort hit the side-netting. Much of this had directly ensued from a double substitution as Massey and Loversidge replaced the injured Pete Cairns and Darren Cox.
It was Loversidge’s slide rule pass that allowed Cowell and Seacombe to lay on Knight’s third goal which buried the game and gave Lavant the three points.
Lavant: A.Rochester, C.Coe, D.Kennard, J.Wright, P.Cairns, S.Green, D.Knight, M.Stevens, D.Cowell, R.Seacombe, D.Cox. Subs: S.Loversidge, S.Massey.