West Chiltington 2 Lavant 1

Lavant buoyed by their recent run of victories travelled
to West Chiltington full of confidence and with the knowledge that victory would bring them level on points with their hosts.

The start of the match was a tentative affair as a midfield battle ensued with Lavant looking to use their pace on the flanks whilst West Chiltington made the most of their physical presence in the centre of the
park.

The deadlock was broken 10 minutes in, a mammoth throw from the West Chiltington skipper was headed home by their impressive No.8.

Lavant despite the setback pressed on with good chances falling to Mortimer, Sandford and Hancock but were unable to convert.

On the half hour mark Lavant hit the self destruct button, a swift West Chilt counter attack and with the away sides shape all at sea, saw the West Chilt No.11 run over half the length of the pitch to strike home from 20 yards out.

Minutes later, the ball was given away on the Lavant left, again letting Chiltington counter, a smart delivery saw their No.8 head home his second. Lavant now caught up in bickering between themselves and the
referee, conceded yet another with a smart finish from an acute angle.

Half time came and left Lavant with it all to do, but they re-emerged with good attitude, shape and work rate. Although chances were
few and far between, the possession football and territorial advantage
resembled that of recent weeks.

With 15 minutes to go, Lavant finally got themselves on the score sheet after some neat passing play around the box and eventually Sandford poking home under the advancing keeper.

Team: Neil Sanson, Richard Gabb, Matt Lyttle, Ben Purgavie, Jon Wright, Jason Houghton, James Brooks, Arron Hancock, Mike Neville, Dan Mortimer, James Sandford. Subs: Alex Holmes, Jordon Lillywhite, Tom Haslam.

8th March Saturday’s Results

Premier Division
West Chiltington 4 Lavant 1
Newtown Villa 2 Bosham 2
Holbrook 3 Henfield 2
Hunston CC 1 Faygate 1

Malcolm Simmonds Cup
Lancing 1 Upper Beeding 2 AET
Wittering  vs Cowfold AW

Division IV Cup
Lavant Reserves 1 Tangmere 2
Harting Reserves 5 Bracklesham 2
Whyke 1 Bosham Reserves 2

Bareham Trophy
The Crown 0 The Sportsman 2