Cowfold 1 Lavant 1

Cowfold might feel disappointed that they didn’t take all three points in this encounter, especially as they hit the Lavant woodwork three times. But the match settled round the homeside having most of the possession and applying pressure against a well organised Lavant defence, content to strike with counterattacks.

Cowfold’s Nigel Smith, always a threat, nearly broke through early on but a resolute tackle by Jon Wright forced him to slice his shot wide.

The visitors went close with a Mike Neville – James Sandford combination. If Sandford had not cut his toe-nails that morning he might have connected with Mike Bartley’s cross to give the Chichester side the lead. Ironically, it was the immediate counter to this that gave Cowfold the lead when Mike Nash’s shot hit the net on the half-hour. Three minutes later, Cowfold ‘keeper Matt Beck tipped Louis Weller’s shot over the bar.

In the second half, Cowfold increased the pressure but Lavant stood firm and soon had the homeside pinned in their own half. It was fitting then that when Dave McClean fed Bartley, the Lavant striker in a repeat of the first half move, teed up Sandford (whose toe-nails must have grown during the game) to level the score ten minutes from time.

Lavant: N.Sanson, C.Coe, J.Wright, B.Purgavie, M.Lyttle, M.Neville, D.Maclean, M.Stevens, L.Weller, M.Bartley, J.Sandford. Subs: R.Gabb, A.Holmes

Weekends League Results

Premier Division
Cowfold 1 Lavant 1
Bosham 2 Barnham Reserves 0
Watersfield 2 Holbrook 2

Sussex Intermediate Cup
Peacehaven 7 West Chiltington 0

Division III South
Harting 2 The Vardar VIP 4
Whyke 4 Bosham Reserves 3

Sussex Junior Cup
Lavant Reserves 0 Yapton Reserves 5
Stedham 3 Village of Ditchling 2
Wittering Reserves vs Victoria Baptists HW

Division I Sunday League
All games posponed due to weather