Petworth striker, Levett hit a late equaliser to keep the home side’s promotion hopes alive and Lavant still tottering on relegation.
Lavant manager David Parker conceded when interviewed after the game that “Petworth deserved their point which was a fair result” but the 59 year old Rector of Lavant went on to declare that “we must learn to be professional and run the game down. Leading 1-0 with two minutes to go ought to have bagged us a win”.
Robbie Pinder had blazed over the bar after turning superbly on a Daryl Hall cross for Lavant with only 4 minutes on the clock. Levett’s header forced a great save from Lavant keeper Martin Pullen, and he almost broke through again. But in a game of few chances both these were the product of Hall and Thomas giving the ball away cheaply for the Chichester side.
It was goalless at half-time and in the second half with Hepworth replacing Thomas, Lavant were not as compact and Petworth pressed the away side hard.
Levett came close on a breakaway on 56 minutes and fired a free kick wide 4 minutes later.
Lavant had their moments when Loversidge broke through on the left and only a desperate scramble prevented shots from Pinder, Hepworth and Hine hitting the target.
Nick Farrer replaced Hall at left wing back with instructions from the Lavant coach to compact play and press up. This paid dividends and just after Alan Sheppard replaced striker Loversidge, Lavant broke through for Pinder to run the ball home into an empty net.
With 7 minutes left to play and Lavant’s Div 2 status riding on the game, Parker’s yearning for the ability of the Chichester side to see the game out were at a heartfelt premium.
But the prolific scorer, Levett turned up again to volley home from 12 yards from another Petworth attack to ensure Petworth shared the spoils.
Team: M.Pullen, J.Strange, T.Parker, S.Blackman; M.Richardson, B.Thomas, M.Ayers, M.Hine, D.Hall, S.Loversidge, R.Pinder. Subs: N.Farrer, J.Hepworth, A.Sheppard.