West Chiltington 2 Lavant 3
With West Chiltington in the running for promotion and having won 7-0 the last time the two met, the form book predicted a home win.
The visitors however had changed their formation and personnel to counter Chiltington’s impressive strengths and this showed throughout the first 45 minutes.
Ross Lines could have put Lavant ahead but scuffed his shot. At the other end the very impressive Pulling swivelled on the penalty spot to give the homeside the lead on 27 minutes, 1-0.
With the match evenly balanced, the second half followed the same pattern. From a Chiltington free-kick ‘keeper, Tom Turner was buffeted by Pulling and Wolters headed home from the rebound on 50 minutes to put the homeside 2-0 in front.
But Lavant continued in confident mood with Dave Knight causing the homeside problems on the right flank. His through ball to Lines saw the striker unleash an unstoppable 20 yard volley into the far top corner and the Chichester side were back in the game with 27 minutes remaining.
Continued Lavant pressure found midfielder, Alan Sheppard get ahead of his marker from Knight’s corner to level the score on 72 minutes.
The fight back was completed when a six man move saw Knight’s cross headed home by the ubiquitous Lines 5 minutes from time and Lavant claimed all 3 points.
Manager, David Parker said ” We got the formation, tactics and personnel right but all that would be worth nothing if the foot soldiers didn’t come up with goods. They did and I’m so proud of the lads.”
Team: T.Turner, D.Kennard, T.Parker, C.Coe, D.Knight, J.Walsh, G.Ockwell, A.Sheppard, R.Pinder, R.Seacombe, R.Lines. Subs(unused) J.Strange, M.Price.
Lodsworth Reserves 1 Lavant 2
With the manager Cliff Massey choosing to stick with virtually the same side that caved in to Fishbourne the week before, it was going to be down to the players this week to put in a performance worthy of repaying the faith, the manager had continued to put in them.
The opening half saw Lavant play up the slope of the Lodsworth pitch and during the early stages of the game they pressed forward exhibiting some promising football with Shaun Massey orchestrating the attack from midfield and setting up several good attempts on goal.
The breakthrough came on twenty minutes, as Massey and Dave Maclean combined down the left flank before crossing the ball into the box and as the Lodsworth defence scrambled to clear the ball, Lavant’s leading striker Adam Yaxley was quickest to react burying the ball into the back of the net from close range, as he scored his 10th goal of the season, 0-1.
From the re-start the Lavant players continue to press forward looking for the second goal but good defence play from Lodsworth ensured the score remained unchanged going into half time.
With Lavant playing down the slope second half they seemed to take their foot off the gas, thinking the remaining 45 minutes was somehow going to be easier going downhill and so without some good defending by man of the match Stuart Eastwood from Lodsworth’s aerial pressure put on the visitors by their long ball approach the homeside would have drawn level.
Lavant responded by continuing to play football and increased their lead with their with their best move of the match, as a Lodsworth clearance rebounded off Mclean into the path of striker Chris Withall, who went on a mazy dribble to the 18 yard line before putting in a perfect cross to the path of the incoming Tom Sheppard who slotted the ball home from the 18 yards, 0-2.
Two nil up and in control of the game, Lavant of the previous week suddenly reared its head, as passes went array as the visitors failed to keep possession for any length of time. This allowed Lodsworth to have the belief they could still get something out the game.
Then as two defenders clattering into each other the Lodsworth striker raced through unchallenged to make it 2-1.
With 10 minutes remaining Lodsworth pushed everyone forward in search of the equaliser, thus leaving gapping holes in their defence for Lavant to capitalize on.
The game was now wide open, but in the end neither side were able to change the score further as the remaining minutes ran out.
Lavant Manager Cliff Massey said afterwards “I wanted to give the lads a chance to put right the wrongs of last week and for 60 minutes they did this, but we need to learn to remain focused for 90 minutes plus each game. However overall I am pleased with today’s result.”
Team: M.Pullen, D.Morris, M.Ayers, S.Yaxley, S.Eastwood, D.Maclean, S.Massey, G.Pinder, C.Withall, A.Yaxley. Subs: J.Houghton, A.Clarke, M.Millburn.
Ashington Rovers 3, Lavant 3
Faygate Utd 3, Hunston CC 0
Partridge Green 1, Fishbourne 1
West Chiltington 3, Henfield 0
Wittering Utd 2, Angmering 6.
Division 4 South:
Coal Exchange 3, Yapton II 0
Fishbourne II 4, Lavant II 0
Selsey FC A 7, Ambassadors 1
Tangmere 7, Milland 1.