Lavant 2 Whitehawk Reserves 4
Sussex intermediate Cup

A slow unfocused start by Lavant cost them dear. Two individual errors compounded this to let David Herbert (9mins) and Alex Staines (17mins) give the homeside a mountain to climb early on.

Despite Tope Ajaba-Agbo adding a third before the half-hour, Lavant had fought back and only great goalkeeping from Jack Adams kept the visitors a clean sheet.

When striker Ryan Seacombe was chopped down in the box, it looked as if Lavant would pull one back. But Adams again saved Ben Evans spot kick on 32 minutes.

Seacombe did score on 41 minutes, but just before half-time Gavin Jack touched home a goalmouth scramble to virtually seal the game 4-1 at the break.

But Lavant returned a different side in the second half. They were stronger at the back and did not concede a goal. In midfield, Matt Stevens earned his man-of-the-match as Lavant deservedly pulled one back through David Knight on 56 minutes.

The Chichester side were denied a penalty when Seacombe again was brought down in the area. Manager, David Parker, commented “The form book said we’d lose this game but if we’d started alertly, we could have won it! We have several new players and the challenge is to maintain morale until we gel together”.

Lavant visit Newtown Villa in the league next Saturday.

Lavant: M.Pullen, G.Ockwell, T.Sheppard, D.Kennard, C.Coe, M.Stevens, D.Knight, B.Evans, A.Sheppard, R.Seacombe, S.Loversidge.  Subs T.Parker, S.Cole, M.Carver.

Rustington Park Seniors 0 Lavant Reserves 4

With manager Cliff Massey on foreign soil topping up his tan, this weekend saw assistant manager Mel Milburn take the reigns and with a little tinkering of the team, Lavant were ready for their first away fixture of the season.

With only 15 minutes gone Lavant were awarded a corner and Matt Hine floated in a perfect ball to Lavant’s top scorer Shay Wiggins who leapt into the air and nodded the ball across the goal to the far side and in off the cross bar, 0-1.

The early goal brought Rustington alive and stand-in goalkeeper Robbie Pinder was called into action several times in order to maintain the visitor’s slender lead.  However with the Lavant centre midfield duo of James Brooks and Shaun Massey continually winning the ball in midfield and distributing it around the park with ease, Lavant once more took control of the game.

With ten minutes remaining until half time, a long throw from Lavant captain Peter Cairns into the box was headed on by Massey outfield to the feet of incoming right back Dan Ranjbar who didn’t disappoint as he put the visitors two nil up with a lovely 20 yard strike, 0-2.

Straight from the restart Lavant remained focused playing controlled and disciplined football, ensuring they maintained their two nil lead on the half time whistle.   The start of the second half saw a couple of early efforts on goal by striker Ross Lines, but fine saves from the homeside keeper stopping him getting on the score sheet.

Then on the hour, a Lavant corner was flicked on by Hine to substitute Matt Price and with his back to goal on the 6 yard line he attempted and converted an awesome over head kick, to further increasing Lavant’s lead, 0-3.  It took until the 80 minute before Milburn felt the game was over, when Ross Lines picking up the ball on the edge of the box and with a clever turn of the defender, he slotted home with a cool finish, 0-4.

Shortly after the restart, Rustington had their best chance of the game as they broke through on goal, one on one with the keeper, but rookie keeper Pinder pulled off a fine save to deny the homeside a late conciliation goal.

Lavant man of the match Martin Ayers said after the game, “It was great too get a 4 goal win as well as defensively keeping a clean sheet, plus with a stand in keeper it shows the strength of this solid back four.” Final score 4-0.

Lavant: R.Pinder, P.Cairns, M.Ayers, J.Wright, D.Maclean, D.Ranjbar, J.Brooks, S.Massey, S.Wiggins, M.Hine, R.Lines. Subs S.Green, M.Price, M.Milburn.

Sunday’s Results

Division 2:
Queens Park South 3, Aldingbourne 0
Southbourne 0, Lamb Steyne 3
Uni of Chichester vs Lavant Sundays Cancelled (Away Win)
Wheatsheaf II 3, The Railway 1

Division B:
Lavant Youth vs Broadbridge Heath U18 Cancelled (Away Win)?
Predators Youth U18 0, Worthing Utd U18 1
Rustington Otters U18 vs Worthing Town Utd Cancelled (Home Win)
Southwater FC U18 3, Worthing Rebels U18 5

Satursday’s Results

Division 1:
Barnham II 3, Ashington Rovers 1
Capel 1, Newtown Villa II 1
Hunston CC 3, Holbrook FC 2
Lavant 0, Watersfield 3
Stedham Utd 1, Faygate Utd 2.

Division 3 South:
Angmering II 4, The Sportsman 2
Lavant II 1, Predators III 0
Rustington Park Snrs 0, Selsey FC A 3
Square Deal FC 2, The Ship 3.