Hunston 3 Lavant 3
Regarded by many as the best team in the Division and tipped for promotion to the Premiership, Hunston entertained locals Lavant at Selsey Road.
Lavant started the more brightly and looked defensively sound with stand in ‘keeper, Stuart Eastwood, putting in a great performance. The visitors opened the scoring when Dave Knight’s 19th minute cross evaded Hunston ‘keeper, Rob Chiverton, to put the visitors ahead. Dan Cowell’s cross laid on the goal for Ryan Seacombe to extend the lead 10 minutes before half-time.
At the restart Hunston upped the tempo and changed formation from 4-3-3, which the Chichester side’s pre-match plan had successfully negated. Lavant’s inexperience in defending their 2-0 lead was quickly exploited when first Shaun Jenkins side footed home Carl Thompson’s unselfish pass on 53 minutes and Dave Turner headed Ben Meredith’s cross home to level the score 4 minutes later.
But the visitors forced their way back into the game and when consistent pressure forced a corner, Cowell put the visitors ahead again from a series of ricochets in the goalmouth just after the hour.
Again inexperience told. Lavant had a throw in near the homeside’s goal and instead of exercising caution to see their 3-2 lead out, they flooded the Hunston penalty area.
Consequently, when the move broke down Lavant were stretched by their opponents counterattack and Pete Cairns was adjudged to have brought down his breakaway opponent in the box. Adam Davis expertly dispatched the ensuing penalty to give Hunston a valuable point in their promotion challenge.
Lavant Manager, David Parker, said “It is a measure how far we’ve come this season that the team went home disappointed with their drawn game against the best in Division One, feeling they should have won. But we learnt two valuable lessons from our inexperience today.”
Lavant: S.Eastwood, C.Coe, T.Parker, J.Wright, P.Cairns, D.Knight, J.Brooks, M.Stevens, D.Cowell, R.Seacombe, D.Cox. Subs: D.Kennard, S.Green.
Lavant Youth’s Title Hopes Dented
Lavant’s hopes of silverware in their first season in the under 18 league took a setback on Sunday when they were unexpectedly beaten away from home 2-1 to Worthing Minors Athletic Youth.
However even though league leaders Broadbridge Heath won, all is not totally lost as we have to play them next week at home in our final game of the season.
And when we win that game we will go top by one point. Broadbridge Heath will however have one game remaining against the team currently in 3rd place Worthing United Youth.
So it could then go right down to the wire as all three teams can win the league.
If we win on Sunday and the results go our way and Rustington Otters beat Worthing United Youth, then it will be down to the last game between Broadbridge Heath vs Worthing United Youth.
And if Worthing United Youth draw or beat Broadbridge Heath then Lavant would win the league.
Up the Lavant
Chichester & West Sussex Sunday League
Queens Park South 4, Lavant 2
Arun & Chichester Youth League
Predators Youth 1, Broadbridge Heath U18 4
Rustington Otters 2, Worthing Rebels Youth 1
Worthing Minors Athletic U18 2, Lavant Youth 1
West Sussex League
Barnham Reserves 0, Hunston CC 3
Faygate 6, Stedham 0
Newtown Villa Reserves 11, Ashington Rovers 1
Watersfield 1, Holbrook 0
Division 3 South
Lavant Reserves 5, The Ship 0
The Sportsman 0, Square Deal 4