For 55 minutes this Division 2 game was in the balance.  Then came the turning point when Andi Boxall raced through as the visitors defence had stepped up.  Lavant claimed offside; Boxall passed to Tom Hickley who tapped it into the empty net.  It was a bizarre moment, but it gave the home-side a decisive lead.

Martin Holcombe, the Eastergate manager’s verdict on the game was “it was a fairly even game; we happened to get our goals early in the second half”.

Lavant pressed forward and striker Ross Lines cut a ball back to midfielder Matt Hine whose shot was blocked by the Eastergate keeper and Parker volleyed the resulting ball just wide from 20 yards.

Inevitably this exposed the visitors to counter-attacks.  All of these were contained until central defender Price put Boxll through to score on 68 minutes.

In such a tight game, it looked all over but Lavant came alive with movement and passing, coming close several times.

Eventually Parker took a corner which rebounded out to him.  He then picked out the far top corner to put Lavant back in the game with 5 minutes to go.

Lavant coach, David Parker’s comments on his side’s performance was “for 75 minutes nobody wanted the ball.  The last quarter of an hour we were a different team but it was too little too late.”

This result saw Lavant drop into mid-table and Eastergate climb out of the relegation zone.

Team: C.Bowles, B.Thomas, L.Hayward, C.Searle, O.Haggar, M.Ayers, M.Hine, T.Parker, M.Richardson, R.Pinder, S.Loversidge. Subs: C.Swain, J.Hepworth, R.Lines.