Petworth 4 Lavant 3
Malcolm Simmonds Cup

Lavant crashed to their third consecutive defeat and were knocked out of their cup competition by a very determined Petworth side.

Martin Dillon opened Petworth’s account in the 6th minute and Rob Levett hit the side netting soon after. Though the visitors played good build up football, the final approach to the attacking third let them down. Even so, Mike Bartley and James Sandford came close and a penetrating run by stand in central defender, Matt Lyttle set Sandford up.

His stinging shot was superbly saved by Alex Wadey in goal. Levett was upended in the box and Dan Warren converted the spot kick just before the half-hour.

Then when the ball was given away in midfield by the Chichester side, Dillon punished with his second goal on 37 minutes, giving Petworth a 3-0 lead at the break.

Petworth’s joy was ecstatic when Dillon completed his hat-trick 2 minutes after the restart.  Bartley then had a penalty appeal denied and at the other end Neil Sanson saved from Levett’s 57 minute strike.

But Lavant were a different side in the second half and when Bartley fed Sandford the striker pulled one back for the visitors on the hour.

Bartley himself hit Lavant’s second from 30 yards 4 minutes later and when he was upended in the box converted the penalty 3 minutes from normal time.

Petworth held out against non stop pressure. Richard Gabb shaved the homeside’s crossbar in stoppage time. It was the last gasp and Petworth moved on to the next round, whilst Lavant have a lot of questions to answer of themselves.

Lavant: N.Sanson, C.Coe, B.Purgavie, M.Lyttle, N.Latham, M.Ayers, M.Bartley, M.Stevens, R.Gabb, J.Sandford, T.Parker. Subs: A.Holmes, D.Maclean