Upper Beeding 1 Lavant 2

Bottom of the table Lavant made the journey to Upper Beeding this weekend still in search of that first league win of the season. Changes were made with Alex Holmes and Mike Neville returning to the starting line-up and Matthew Lyttle moving across into Centre Half.

Lavant, notoriously slow starters were up and at it from the first whistle, pressing well and looking dangerous on the break. It wasn’t long until the first real opportunity came, a long clearance up field by Lillywhite causing the Upper Beeding back line all sorts of trouble and allowing Caveney to control and fire a smart low finish to the keepers left, 1-0 Lavant.

It was then Beeding sparked into life and started to pile the pressure onto Lavant’s defensive lines. Several free kicks and corners resulted in sharp saves by Lavant keeper Sanson and the woodwork coming to their rescue on more than one occasion. Lady Luck was certainly on Lavant’s side this weekend. Still Lavant weathered the storm and came in at halftime 1-0 up.

Upper Beeding started the second half, again looking to stretch the Lavant back line with their midfielders playing high and wide and the introduction of the pacey Kieron Stevens but it was the centre of the park where battle commenced. Lavant’s Dave Maclean and James Brooks worked tirelessly in front their defence and keeping quiet the impressive Joss Knowles. Every Beeding attack was broken down and Lavant still looked effective on the break using the pace and strength of Caveney up top.

20 minutes from time Lavant could of extended their lead, Sandford was fouled 20 yards out and stepped up to take the resulting free kick but it was the woodwork which came to Beedings rescue on this occasion.

With the final whistle only moments away and the heavens opening, Beeding got their reward for their efforts. A long throw from Luke Mitchell evading every Lavant defender and eventually falling to James Rowland to finish well. 1-1 and 87 minutes played.

Beeding could smell victory and threw everything forward to get the win but today was Lavant’s day.

A clipped in delivery from Lyttle, resulting in a goal mouth mêlée and Captain James Sandford tucking away the winner with the last kick off the game and sparking mass celebrations after Lavant finally gaining their first league win.

Team: Neil Sanson, Richard Gabb, Jordan Lillywhite, Jon Wright, Matt Lyttle, James Brooks, Dave Maclean, James Sandford, Mike Neville, Alex Holmes, Peter Caveney. Subs: Matthew Grace, Will Cieszynski

26th October Saturday’s Results

Premier League
Upper Beeding 1 Lavant 2
Bosham 3 Wittering 3
Faygtae 3 Hunston CC 4
Lancing 3 West Chiltington 2

Division IV South
Lavant Reseves 4 Lake Road Rangers 0
Bracklesham 3 Bosham Reserves 3
Coal Exchange 3 Whyke 2
Harting Reserves 0 Milland 11
The Crown 7 Tangmere 0