Ockley 3 Lavant 0

Malcolm Simmonds Cup

Saturday Lavant travelled north to high flying Division 1 side Ockley. From the outset it was obvious to see that Lavant were in for a tough afternoon, with a pitch that resembled a ploughed field and the physical nature of the Ockley starting eleven, it was never going to suit Lavants passing game.

Despite this, the first half was a relatively even affair with chances few and far between and with half time looming it was Ockley that broke the deadlock. Good play by the Ockley wide man on the right hand side, switching the ball to the opposite flank and despite a strong block by debutant Richards, the ball ran kindly for the Ockley forward to slot home past Sanson.

This left Lavant in a familiar position and was confident that there was every chance of getting back into the game. However, old habits came to fruition once more and Lavant were two down, one minute from the restart.

Ockley winning the ball back and breaking with numbers, purpose and getting their reward with a simple finish. Ten minutes later, Lavant were forced into a change for the injured Brooks during an Ockley corner and with his replacement Maclean ordered back off the field by the referee due to the colour of his undergarment it was the unmarked Ockley player left free to fire home from 18 yards.

The remainder of the second half was flat and little fight put up by Lavant, leaving a long journey home to revert their focus back to the league next week.

Team: Neil Sanson, Tom Haslam, Chris Richards, Jon Wright, Matt Lyttle, Dave Knight, Ash Humphreys, James Brooks, Mike Neville, Will Cieszynski, James Sandford. Subs: Dave Maclean, Alex Holmes.

30th November Saturday’s Results

Malcolm Simmonds Cup
Ockley 3 Lavant 0
Cowfold 1 West Chiltington 0
Hunston 2 Bosham 1
Newtown Villa 7 Southwater 3
Henfield 2 Predators 10
Upper Beeding 4 Faygate 0
Wittering vs Pulborough Home Win
Yapton vs Lancing Away Win

Division IV South
Bosham Reserves 1 Tangmere 0

Bareham Trophy
Bracklesham 0 Predators Reserves 1
Coal Exchange 4 Wheatsheaf 0
The Crown 11 Milland 0
Lavant vs Rustington Park Seniors Away Win