” The best team lost today” said Lavant coach, David Parker. “We have been working hard on our passing game and in this match we produced”.

Lavant were lack lustre last week. If that was Mr Hyde, today they  metamorphosised into Dr.Jekyll.

The homeside dominated the early play but conceded a soft goal when Clymping won a throw from which Tony Gallacher flicked on a header for Darren Birchfield to run home from 4 yds after 5 mins.

The Chichester team’s possession and passing was rewarded when Matt Price and Mike Neville combined to line David Kennard up from 20 yds and the mid-fielder’s strike zipped in off the post with 9 mins gone.

Another throw for Clymping was jostled out to the edge of the penalty area where Danny Hand drove an excellent shot through the ruck to give the visitors the lead on the quarter hour.

Lavant deserved to go in at least level but were denied when Matt Hine’;s 25 yd drive thumped against the post, 3 mins from the end of the half.

The second-half continued as the first. Lavant in possession but unable to capitalise as they reached the attacking third and Clymping looking ordinary but being more inventive in front of goal.

Lavant were denied a penalty for hand-ball 3 mins from time and the visitors picked up 3 valuable points in their promotion bid. Clymping are also in The Charity Cup Final on May Bank Holiday. Lavant however looked much better than their league place indicates.

Team: M.Pullen, T.Parker, L.Hayward, D.Hall, O.Haggar, B.Thomas, D.Kennard, J.Walsh, M.Price, M.Hine, M.Neville. Subs: M.Ayers, C.Swain, R.Lines