Graffham 1 Lavant Reserves 8

Lavant’s leading scorer Ross Lines made a major contribution towards helping the Reserves book their place into the next round of the Bareham Trophy with an impressive 4 goal haul against an inform Graffham.

This will be your toughest game to date and don’t underestimate your opposition, was the team talk before the game by manager Cliff Massey. And on that note, taking on board their managers warning Lavant embarked on their cup encounter in a very workman like manner and within 10 minutes were rewarded as Matt Hine’s 40 yard cross field pass picked out winger Dan Cowell, who coolly slotted it home, 0-1.

This was followed 15 minutes later with Lines getting on the score sheet for the first time, as his corner was lofted deep into the crowded box and over the stranded keeper into the back of the net, 0-2.

Minutes later some neat football by James Brooks took him into the 6 yard box where he was eventually upended, as the referee blew his whistle and pointed to the penalty spot.

Brooks dusted himself off and stepped up to take the penalty, neatly chipping the keeper, to put Lavant 3 nil up within the half hour. With 5 minute of the half remaining Lavant then scored the goal of the game, with a passing move starting from defence though to attack resulting with Dave Mclean crossing the ball and Lines volleying in from the edge of the box, 0-4.

The second half saw the homeside make a real concerted effort to get something out of this cup game, as they pushed forward at every opportunity, but with Lavant keeper Martin Pullen in fine form all their efforts came to nothing. Lavant further increased their lead after Graffham conceded a free kick 35 yards to the right of their goal and Hine stepped up and struck a delightful free-kick into the far left hand corner of the goal, 0-5.

Graffham did eventually get on the score sheet, but in controversial manner as their player clearly received the ball in an offside position, but with the referee waving play this allowing the striker to virtually go on and score unopposed, 1-5.

This decision somewhat angered the visitors as they increased the pressure right from the restart as Maclean and Lines added 2 more goals in quick succession, effectively killing off the cup tie, 1-8.

Man of the match Ross Lines summoned up the game by saying “All goals were a team effort made up of good link ups and unselfish passing. We created many chances against a team in very good form.”

Lavant: M.Pullen, S.Green, M.Ayers, J.Wright, D.Ranjbar, D.Maclean, J.Brooks, M.Hine, D.Cowell, R.Lines, L.Weller. Subs A.Sheppard, T.Sheppard, K.Fogden.

Sundays Results

Under 18: Challenge Cup: First round:
Rustington Otters Yth 1, Upper Beeding 11
Felpham Colts , Worthing Minors Ath
Felpham Colts Yth 0, Lavant 7
Billingshurst 4, Broadbridge Heath 1
Barnham Trojans 2, Worthing Rebels Yth 4
Bosham Yth 0, Avisford Yth 1
Predators Yth 2, Worthing Utd Yth 3.

Shuker Memorial Trophy:
Lavant Sundays 3, Aldingbourne 1
Six Villages Utd 1, Southbourne 3. Division 2:
Queens Park South 1, University of Chichester 2.

Saturdays Results

Bareham Trophy: First round:
Graffham 1, Lavant II 8;
Watersfield II 0, The Ship 2.

Division Three Charity Cup:
First round: Henfield II 2, Pulborough II 0.

Division 1:
Ashington Rovers 0, Faygate Utd 4
Barnham II 2, Watersfield 7
Hunston CC 10, Petworth 1.

Division 3 South:
Predators v Square Deal FC late kick-off.