Holbrook 1 Lavant 5
Lavant were back in action this week with their fixture away to Holbrook just about beating the weather. With the wind blowing an absolute gale and the surface under foot being somewhat spongy this wasn’t going to be a game for the purist. Lavant had the two changes from their fixture away to Nyetimber two weeks prior, with Matt Stevens coming in for the absent James Brooks and Ash Court returning between the sticks.
Holbrook started the brighter and despite the conditions was managing to play neat triangles around the park and monopolise possession of the football early on. Despite their early dominance Holbrook didn’t really fashion any clear openings with Lavant defending with a new found tenacity and resilience across the back four comforted again by the protection in front by the ever improving Charlie McLaren who delivered yet another MOM display.
After 20 minutes Lavant started to find their outlets with Pete Caveney and Aaron Hancock using their pace and direct running on the flanks to relieve the pressure off the back four. By this Lavant broke the deadlock and it was Caveney on the score sheet after being set free down the left bursting into the box to poke past the keeper.
On the half hour mark, Lavant doubled their lead, again it was Caveney but the build up was superb. James Sandford picking up the ball between the lines of Brook, using the decoy run of Caveney he picked out Baker who headed down for Caveney lash in from 18 yards.
Lavant weren’t done before the break, a Caveney corner was headed in to their own net by a Holbrook defender, Caveney will try and claim it but he isn’t having it.
The second half started as the first finished with Lavant mainly on top, Holbrook huffed and puffed but again didn’t create too much. They did find the net on the hour but was ruled offside much to the dissatisfaction of their bench. From the resulting free kick Lavant broke and Dan Baker was felled by the home team keeper, penalty given. It’s safe to say this didn’t help the Holbrook bench mood after just having one chalked off. Up stepped sub Lee Smith who put the ball into orbit, how not to take a penalty.
Smith soon put this right, breaking down the left and putting in a delightful cross finding Sandford who calmly chested and volleyed in to the top left, a proper postage stamp.
Holbrook finally got their consolation goal, a cheap free kick to the right of the Lavant area was clipped in and after a small scramble was tucked home.
Lavant weren’t done, Sandford completed the Lavant rout after been played through to slide home his second and round off a solid team performance.
Lavant: Ash Court, Oli Haggar, Simon Augustus, Matt Lyttle, Jon Wright, Charlie McLaren, Matt Stevens, Aaron Hancock, Pete Caveney, James Sandford, Dan Baker Sub: Lee Smith