FIVE STAR PERFORMANCE
Six Villages 0 Lavant 5
The Lions made the long journey to Westergate at the weekend to face unbeaten table toppers, Six Villages.
Despite the pouring rain both teams were noticeably fired up for this game. Strong line ups were fielded and the game began.
Six Villages kept hold of the ball well for the first 10minutes but a well organised Lavant side didn’t let the home team break through.
After 20minutes a quick pass from the Lavant defence got played down the right wing which set Anthony Wills off on a run. The low cross was met by Rhys Watling only to be saved by the keeper. The ball didn’t clear and the ball was played across the goal to where the oncoming Loversidge made sure the ball found the back of the net. 0-1.
Lavant carried on with their pressing play and good possession. From this, Watling received the ball on the edge of the area. A neat touch and a well driven low strike put Lavant 0-2 up.
Holding midfielder, Anthony Wills, had to be substituted on the half hour mark with a pulled hamstring. On came debutant Barry McCoy.
Clever passing from Eccles and Poole released Watling again. A one on one with the keeper saw the Lions striker get his second. 0-3.
This was to be Poole’s last input as he hobbled off after suffering a fractured ankle. Graham Fargher took to the field and the visitors saw out the half.
More rain fell making conditions on the pitch worse. However, both teams still managed to play some good football. It was Lavant who had the first chance though. Eccles effort only denied by the post.
Lavant piled the pressure on the Six Villages defence. It paid off when tidy play saw ‘Rex’ Loversidge receive the ball on the edge of the 18 yard box. A laid off ball allowed McCoy to open his goal scoring account with his new club after he neatly side footed the ball into the far side of the goal from 25yards. 0-4.
Lavant looked comfortable and the defence controlled everything. Keeper, Rob Baylis, was called into action when a long range strike from the Six Villages forward was heading for the top corner. Baylis was well positioned and tipped the ball over the bar with a FIFA ’94 style dive.
Lavant wrapped things up when short passes down the left between ‘Rex’ (it will catch on Stu) and McCoy exposed the Villages defence. Watling ran along the line and McCoys ball through again saw the forward with a one on one. The outcome the same when he slotted the ball into the net for his hat trick.
A fantastic team performance with excellent hard work and concentration for the 90 minutes.
M.o.M Rhys Watling
All at Lavant FC wish Curtis Poole a speedy recovery.
Next Sundays game is away to Hunston. KO 10.30.
Support is appreciated so get yourselves down there to cheer on the Lions.
Keep It Yellow (KIY)
Team: Rob Baylis, Tom Sheppard, Mark Richardson, Gary Jefkins, Jason Houghton (c), Anthony Wills, Darren Pannell, Curtis Poole, Nick Eccles, Stuart Loversidge, Rhys Watling. Graham Fargagr, Barry McCoy, Daryl Hayward-Hall.