Lavant 2 Hunston 1
This Saturday Lavant faced local rivals Hunston.
With Hunston now mathematically unable to overtake West Chiltington in third from bottom place in the Premier League the pressure was off with regards to automatically avoiding relegation and it showed in their spirited performance.
Hunston started the game chasing everything, whilst Lavant had to begin with an easy game approach to the match. That changed after fifteen minute when a mix up between Neil Sanson and Matt Lyttle allowed the Hunston striker to meet the ball first and score, giving Hunston a deserved one-nil lead.
Suddenly Lavant woke up and pressed for the equaliser, but Hunston held firm going into half time to maintain their one-nil lead.
Manager Stuart Eastwood’s stern half time talk ensured that Lavant raised their work rate further and urgency straight from the start of the second half, but no matter how hard they tried they could not break down the stubborn visitors.
Then with twenty minutes remaining captain James Sandford finally pulled one back for Lavant. Game on, as it was all Lavant now and with five minutes remaining they score what they thought was thier second, only for it be somehow ruled offside by the linesman.
With ten minutes remaining Lavant then lost regular full-back Paul Jones as a result of a shoulder injury, so had to finish the match with only ten men.
The game looked to be ending in a draw, but Lavant never gave up and right on the ninety minutes Dan Baker was quickest to react in the box and score the much needed winner for Lavant to the dismay of the visiting Hunston side, who perhaps just for their efforts over the ninety minutes deserved a draw.
Full Match Report to follow:
Team: Neil Sanson, Neil Latham, Paul Jones, Matt Lyttle, Jon Wright, Ollie Haggar, Pete Caveney, Dave Knight, Aaron Hancock, Dan Baker, James Sandford (c). Subs: Greg Ayling, Chris Coe.