Ferring 1 Lavant 0 AET
Sussex Intermediate Cup

This Saturday saw Lavant travel to Sussex County Division 3 side Ferring in the Sussex Intermediate Cup. Despite the weather the game was on with The Glebelands holding out well after the overnight rain.

Both sides started cautiously, each looking to get the ball down a pass it on the slick surface. There was a 20 minute spell where Ferring pinned Lavant back in their half.  But Lavant frustrated the Ferring attacks, nullifying them by not allowing space between their lines and forcing the direction of play.

This soon resorted in a more direct approach from Ferring, sending long angled balls into the Lavant penalty area but the impressive Purgavie and Wright held firm.

This then allowed Lavant to play on the counter with Dave Knight being the orchestrator behind any of the forays forward but the half went by with both keepers relatively untested.

Lavant were the brighter of the 2 sides early in the second half with large amounts of the play going through their midfield trio. But unfortunately lone striker Caveney was being marshalled superbly by the Ferring back line.

As the half wore on the pitch started to deteriorate and this seemed to suit Ferring, with numerous good chances falling to their front men as the end of the ninety drew to a close, extra time it was.

The first 15 minutes passed without any real incident with perhaps Ferring having the slight better of it as Lavant continued with their passing game and Caveney still isolated.

It was 6 minutes into the second period of extra time when the deadlock was finally broken, Ferring finding space down their left hand side, driving infield and finishing well to the keepers left and the covering Purgavie unable to make the block and leaving the centre half unable to continue.

Lavant had to see out the last 9 minutes with 10 men to try and get the equaliser. Everything was thrown forward to make a dramatic end to what was a fantastic cup tie but Ferring held firm to progress into the next round.

Team: Neil Sanson, Matt Grace, Ben Purgavie, JonD %night, Dave Maclean, James Brooks, Mike Neville, Alex Holmes, Peter Caveney. Subs: Ash Humphreys, Matt Price, Will Cieszynski

9th November Saturday’s Results

Sussex Intermediate Cup
Ferring 1 Lavant 0 AET
TBA 1 Cowfold 2

Division IV South
Milland 2 Lavant Reserves 2
Tangmere 2 Whyke 7
The Crown 1 Bosham Reserves 3