Predators 0 Lavant 2

Lavant faced this crucial league game with a much weakened side due to player’s availability over the May Bank Holiday weekend. However with the support of the Reserve player Manager Stuart Eastwood was able to draft in Dave Maclean, Craig Spann and Matt Grace to bolster his side.

The fixture had to be played at the 4g pitch at the Arun Leisure Centre and it certainly looked a good surface to play on especially for Lavant whose game is all about getting the ball on the ground and playing football.

As Lavant lined up for kick-off it was apparent that Predators were resting a number key first team players as they had approaching in the week two cup finals and so manager Paul Harris had obviously turned his focus on concentrating on the cups finals rather than the league title.

The surface was great to play on, but with a high wind and both clubs fielding teams with so many changes, the usual game play of getting the ball on the ground and passing football somewhat went out the window at times, with both sides reverting to a more direct approach of the route one game.

Lavant however were the stronger of the sides and eventually went two-nil up at half time, with firstly a headed goal from Pete Caveney and second from Ollie Haggar. Predators were hampered by their efforts to get back into the game as they suffered a number of injury setbacks and player changes.

The second half was not the best to watch as the game resulted again in the long ball attack, frequently at both end. The game was then stopped for a nasty head injury both thankfully both the Predators player and Lavant’s Dave Maclean were able to continue.

Both sides had chances to score more goals, especially Lavant with Pete Caveney having several one-on-ones with the keeper, but he failed to extend Lavant’s lead.

At the final whistle the second half ended honours even and Lavant holding onto their half time lead to bag the three precious league points.

Team: Neil Sanson, Richard Gabb, Jason Houghton, Matt Lyttle (c), Jon Wright, Craig Spann, Dave Maclean, James Batten, Mike Neville, Ollie Haggar, Pete Caveney. Subs: Matt Grace, James Brooks, Ben Purgavie.