Lavant 2 Holbrook 3
This was truly a game of two halves with Holbrook snatching a dramatic winner at the very death.
Lavant started the game in a positive manner, again looking to get the ball down and pass. They got their reward on eight minutes in with a training ground set play, Mike Neville with a low driven corner kick and James Brooks running in at the near post to steer home.
Lavant continued to dictate the play with the trio of Sandford, Neville and Arron Hancock combine well in every foray forward. On the half hour Lavant extended their lead, Neville working the left hand channel and delivering a cross for Hancock to poke home. Making it was 2-0 and nothing more than the home side deserved.
Then came the turning point of the match, a silly free kick conceded in the final third, well delivered from the Holbrook skipper resulting in Lavant’s Chris Richards getting the wrong side of his man and pulling him to the ground, a penalty kick which was duly dispatched. A lifeline for Holbrook at the stroke of halftime.
The second half started evenly but with the away side buoyed by their goal grew stronger as the half went on. There was an element of dejavu for the Holbrook equaliser, again following a silly foul in the final third and quality of delivery from their skipper saw a free header hit the post and then tapped away with the Lavant defence like statues.
Lavant still had chances, noticeably from the impressive Hancock but the away keeper managed to be equal them all. It seemed almost certain that the spoils would be shared but it was Holbrook that managed to take all the points after Matt Lyttle was caught in possession in the dying moments, the forward then racing clear to beat the stranded Neil Sanson.
Team: Neil Sanson, Richard Gabb, Matt Lyttle, Chris Richards, Jon Wright, Jason Houghton, James Brooks, Arron Hancock, Mike Neville, Tom Haslam, James Sandford. Subs: Alex Holmes, Matt Grace, Louis Weller.
29th March Saturday’s Results
Lavant 2 Holbrook 3
Newtown Villa 6 Cowfold 1
Henfield 2 Bosham 0
Hunston CC 1 Lancing Utd 6
Upper Beeding 1 West Chiltington 2
Wittering 2 Faygate 2
Division IV Cup
Bosham Reserves 3 Coal Exchange 8