Fortune favours the Brave

Lavant Reserves 4 Tangmere 0

“Fortune favours the brave “was the battle cry ringing in the home players ears at the start of this top of the table clash with Tangmere, who have been leading the table for most of the season so far.

The Lavant players certainly matched their counterparts physical style of play right from the kick off and it was the homeside which broke the deadlock, going in front on 10 minutes after a touchline clearance by Ben Evans found Alan Sheppard on the right, who crossed for the speedy Tom Parker to score on his second attempt after a fine save, 1-0.

The game was pretty even after 20mins with both teams finding it hard too play the passing game, with tackles flying in and a lot of free kicks being conceded by both teams. This seemed to suit Tangmere’s game plan as they constantly tired to capitalize on the dead ball situation, but they hadn’t taken into account Lavant’s excellent rear guard.

Then on the half hour the tables were turned when an Evans free kick was flicked on by Parker into the path of Shaun Gooding who scored Lavant’s second with a bullet header, 2-0.

This then sparked a Tangmere revival as they piled on the pressure from the restart, forcing the homeside onto the back foot and giving Lavant a few anxious moments, but keeper Tom Turner was in fine form in goal and determined to keep a clean sheet.

Lavant soaked up the pressure, then as the onslaught broke down they quickly counterattacked with Shaun Massey playing a lovely through ball to Sheppard who was eventually bought down in the area and referee Adrian Harris awarding a penalty. Turner keen to take the spot kick, stepped up and convincingly despatched the penalty home, giving Lavant a convincing lead going into the break, 3-0.

The second half started much brighter for Lavant, with an early chance falling to team captain and man of the match Guy Pinder to further extend the lead, but his effort six yards out was somehow swiped clear of the goal.

With 20 minutes remaining Lavant’s pressure finally told and they saved the best goal of the game for last, a real team effort, passing football from the back through to the front, eventually finding Adam Yaxley in space who fired in from 25 yards.

Their effectively ending the visitors hopes of getting something out of the game, 4-0.

The Lavant management team of Milburn and Pullen commented after the game, “Our players not only matched their counterparts in effort, but additionally showed their real desire to win this tough encounter against the league leaders.”

Team: T. Turner, J.Walsh, S.Gooding, T.Sheppard, B.Evans, D.Maclean, S.Massey, T.Parker, G.Pinder, A.Yaxley, A.Sheppard. Subs: L.Weller, S.Yaxley, R.Pinder.