Nyetimber Pirates 0 Lavant 5

Lavant were fortunate enough to be playing football this weekend as their hosts had secured the all weather surface at the Arun Leisure Centre. Lavant took full advantage, ran out emphatic 5-0 winners and it was fully deserved bar a few wobbles.

Lavant set out to stretch their host at every opportunity with both wide men Caveney and Hancock taking full advantage of the exceptional distribution from Lyttle at centre half.

10 minutes in Lavant took the lead with Caveney again having the beating of his opposing full back, driving into the box and firing a low left footed cross and via a few deflections finding the back of the net. One for the dubious goals committee but the build up alone meant the winger deserved the credit.

Lavant didn’t really kick on from here and the Pirates were unlucky not to find themselves level on a number of occasions but resolute defending and a little bit of luck saw Lavant weather the storm.

Cruising into the break and Lavant doubled their lead to further punish the Pirates profligacy in front of goal. An Aaron Hancock corner found Sandford at the back post to thump his free header home, 2-0 and Lavant were no very much in the ascendancy. Caveney, Hancock and Baker had further opportunities but failed to capitalise before the close of the half.

Lavant found their stride straight away after the break, Smith was on for the injured Caveney and saw several long range efforts easily gathered by the Pirate stopper.

It wasn’t long until Sandford bagged his second with an audacious long range effort sailing into the top left corner with the keeper rooted. Sandford wasn’t done there, as again he found himself on the score sheet to complete his hattrick be it a fortuitous one as another deflection help the ball on its way into the back of the net.

It was clear now that the hosts had given up allowing Lavant to finish their rout as man of the match Baker got his reward for working tirelessly up front heading in Hancocks smart centre.

The remaining minutes of the game were played with Sandford in between the sticks after keeper Sanson had to be withdrawn due to injury and the hattrick hero managed to preserve a deserved clean sheet.

Team: Neil Sanson, Oli Haggar, Matt Lyttle, Simon Augustus,Jon Wright, Aaron Hancock, Charlie McLaren, James Brooks, James Sandford, Pete Caveney, Dan Baker. Subs: Lee.Smith, Will Cieszynski, Richards Gabb, Matt Grace.