Lavant Reserves 2 Vardar VIP 5

With Lavant’s Premier Division game cancelled attention focused on the Reserves home tie.

Vardar, the current league leaders, ended up comfortable winners at the end of this Div 3 South encounter.

But the homeside started brightly and went ahead when Alex Holmes headed home a Dave Maclean corner on 25 minutes. But 4 minutes later Lavant conceded a penalty  and Jerry Manning put Vardar level from the spot.

The homeside seemed to lose self belief and went further behind 5 minutes from half-time, when Manning headed home. Lavant nearly levelled matters when Leon Mears forced a fine save from keeper, Westley Campbell.

A turning point in the game came after the interval when substitute, Mike Bartley, clipped the crossbar for Lavant, when the homeside might otherwise have drawn level. Instead Dida Petrov hit a sweet free-kick home for Vardar on 63 minutes.

Steven Peachey made it 4-1 but Louis Weller’s cross headed home by Lavant’s Dan Mortimer a minute later gave the homeside a lifeline.

But Vardar sealed their win when Tony Gallagher found the net from a defensive mix up 10 minutes from the final whistle.

Lavant: R.Baylis, M.Ayers, N.Richards, B.Thomas, N.Latham, A.Holmes, L.Weller, L.Mears, C.Milligan, D.Maclean, D.Mortimer. Subs: J.Green, M.Bartley, G.Pinder


Weekends League Results

February 23rd & 24th

Premier Division
Watersfield vs Lavant – Away win
Newtown Villa 0 West Chiltington 1
Hunston CC 1 Lancing1
Faygate 1 Cowfold 7
Bosham 6 Holbrook 1
Barnham Reserves 0 Upper Beeding 3

Division III South
Lavant Reserves 2 The Vardar VIP 5
Rustington Park Seniors 2 Wittering Reserves 3
Nyetimber Pirates 5 Bosham Reserves 1
Harting 3 Whyke Utd 3

Division I Sunday League
Results to follow