The Premier League leaders entertained Lavant at their home ground at Hunston. The visitor’s, however controlled the first half with organised defending and speedy counterattacks.
Early on Rob Chiverton in goal pulled off two impressive saves from Ryan Seacombe and then Louis Weller. So when Matt Lyttle swung in the resulting corner, Mike Bartley headed Lavant in front after only 6 minutes. The same corner was replicated, this time for captain Matt Stevens to head the second in off the crossbar just before the quarter hour.
A corner at the other end found Nathan Agate strike from a narrow angle but Lavant ‘keeper, Neil Sanson, was up to the challenge to also pull off a fine save. It was Hunston’s only serious threat of the first half.
At the restart, Weller on 54mins and Seacombe on 61mins forced two fine saves from Chiverton. But, thereafter, the momentum was with the homeside who capitalised on their advantage, when Leeroy Sweeney pulled Hunston back into the game with a low powerful shot in the 65th minute.
Lavant soaked up pressure and both Seacombe and Sweeney missed sitters in the final seconds of the game to leave Lavant picking up a vital 3 points.
Hunston: Chiverton, O’Hala, Lomas, Gilbert, M.Walker, Harding, Bornand, Stanley, Molnar, Sweeney, Agate. Subs: G.Walker, Hughes
Lavant: N.Sanson, C.Coe, B.Purgavie, J.Wright, M.Lyttle, M.Neville, D.Maclean, M.Stevens, L.Weller, R.Seacombe, M.Bartley. Subs: N.Latham