In their first game of the season, Lavant deservedly took all 3 points thanks to the way they dominated the first 35 mins of this game.
After a hectic early exchange, the visitors settled down to a competent passing game, resulting in a series of corners. On 17 mins from one such set-piece, Shaun Gooding rose above the home defence to head Tom Parker’s corner into the net and give Lavant the lead.
This was followed 6 mins later with a beautifully crafted goal in which Walsh and Evans combined to release Ayers whose pass into Dave Kennard’s feet, allowed the advanced mid-fielder to turn and roll the ball past the Predator ‘Keeper.
Predators, however, made a strong comeback in the last 10 mins before half-time and could have pulled one back.
The second half saw a gritty harder more even game with both sides having several chances to score. But the homeside were rewarded when Ryan Carter eluded his marker to meet a Johnson cross and fire Predator back into the game on 66 mins.
Lavant clung on and both sides had further chances to score. The Chichester side earned, however, it by their domination of the first half hour.
Team: M.Pullen, S.Gooding, M.Court, D.Hall, M.Ayers, B.Evans, D.Kennard, J.Walsh, B.Thomas, T.Parker, C.Withall. Subs: R.Lines, M.Hine, T.Sheppard.