Hunston 3 Lavant 2
Lavant travelled to fellow Chichester side Hunston this weekend in what was the hosts’ first fixture since the tragic passing of their manager Stuart Hazelgrove. A minute’s applause preceded the game, one which Hunston were clearly going to be highly motivated for.
Hunston pressed Lavant from the very first whistle affording the visitors no time on the football. Their game plan was clear, win the football and launch it towards their big, quick, centre forward, it was effective.
Lavant persevered with trying to play football with both James Sandford and Dan Baker picking the ball up in some good positions but foiled by the tenacity of the Hunston central defenders.
20 minutes it Hunston took a deserved lead, a quality ball into the Lavant area headed on target and forcing a top save from Ash Court only for the second ball to be smartly tucked away.
It didn’t take long for Lavant to level; Baker broke into the area where he was fouled. It could have been anyone of 1, 2, 3 infringements but the referee finally blew. Richard Gabb stepped up to convert.
Hunston continued with their direct approach in the second half and it was this that led to their 2nd goal, Lavant caught over committed up the field, one ball cleared the entire back line and the Hunston no.9 ran through and slotted past the hapless Court.
Minutes later Lavant again were level, a well delivered free kick from the flank which Matt Lyttle guided with his head beyond the outstretched keeper.
With Hunston clearly tiring and Lavant now in the ascendancy it looked like there would be only one winner but again the home side dug deep to find the winner. Again it was a set play with the Lavant back lines starting position too deep allowing the Hunston hitman to head home from a yard.
Lavant: Ash Court, Matt Grace, Richard Gabb, Matt Lyttle, Jon Wright, Charles Mclaren, Matt Stevens, James Sandford, Aaron Hancock, Ash Hawkes, Dan Baker Subs – Will Cieszynski, Pete Caveney, James Brooks