Lavant 4 Newtown Villa Reserves 0

Despite Stuart Loversidge nearly scoring early on, Lavant having a goal disallowed, Seacombe forcing a great save and later hitting the crossbar, the homeside were beaten to the ball by a sparky Villa who looked anything but a bottom of the table side.

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Lavant keeper Neil Sanson and Ben Pergavie keep’s Newtown’s number 7 at bay

Lavant ‘keeper Neil Sanson kept Lavant in the game with three superb saves and the Chichester side were fortunate to go in at half time with a 1-0 lead secured by a Mike Bartley header.

The truth was the second in the league team were too complacent and underestimated their opponents.

But a rollicking from the management at half-time changed things and Ryan Seacombe almost doubled Lavant’s lead a minute after the restart. Louis Weller missed a penalty for the homeside and Seacombe again forced a great save from the outstanding Slawek Saklak in goal.

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Ryan Seacombe’s shot just goes over the Newtown Villa goal 

When Seacombe was brought down in the box Loversidge dispatched the penalty. Then Lavant controlled the game with some impressive passing and Loversidge completed his hat-trick with goals in the 74th & 76th minute to secure the 3 points.

Newtown however can go home with more hope after this display.

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Stuart Loversidge celebrate’s scoring his hat-trick

Lavant: N.Sanson, J.Wright, B.Purgavie, M.Lyttle, C.Coe, L.Weller, M.Stevens, M.Bartley, M.Price, R.Seacombe, S.Loversidge. Subs: M.Grace, J.Brooks

Stedham 4 Lavant Reserves 5

Expectations were high going into Lavant’s away trip to Stedham, with team performances getting stronger each week.  The only drawback on paper was that injuries to key players, Ross Lines, Craig Seacombe and Alex Berry had meant that significant changes had to be made to last weeks starting line up.  But this did also give an opportunity for other players to take their chance and make a stake for a place in the team.

With 5 minutes gone Martin Ayers was bought down 35 yards out from goal.  Up stepped Matty Hine to open the scoring, as his free kick ended up in the back of the net following a clever dummy by Sam Cole which deceived the keeper leaving him stranded, 0-1.

The visitors lead was short lived as Stedham won a corner and after a scramble in the goal mouth the ball eventually found it’s way through to the net, 1-1.

Shell shocked Lavant then went on the attack once more with good work down the right wing as captain Greg Ockwell and speedy winger Ayers combined with a series of passes before Ayers applied the finishing touch coolly scoring past the outcoming keeper to once more give the visitors the lead, 1-2.

Stedham again showed great resolve and after a couple of scares to the Lavant rearguard the homeside won a dubious free kick on the edge of the box. The free kick was poor but the keeper was unable to gather the ball, palming it still into play, as the Stedham striker react first to score after 20 minutes once more levelling the score, 2-2.

The crowd that had gathered was certainly enjoying the goal fest and did not have to wait long for more goals. With Lavant’s never say die attitude they were soon again on the attack creating some good chances culminating in in-form striker Sam Cole getting on the score sheet, following good work inside the box by Dave Mclean, 2-3.

Again Stedham came right back at the visitors with Lewis Hamilton racing from inside the half way line jinking past the defence before unleashing an unstoppable shot into the top left hand corner to draw level once more, 3-3.

The third equaliser seemed to result in Stedham upping their game as they sensed this could be there game and they took advantage as a clever corner kick found its way into the crowded box where their towering striker rose unchallenged to nod the ball home and giving the homeside the lead for the first time in the game, 4-3.

As it has been in previous weeks Lavant had to come from behind and this game was no exception.  After a number of chances at both ends for either team to score it was Lavants young up and coming striker Chris Colwell who broke the deadlock as he found himself in space with time to clinically put away his first goal of the season, drawing the game level once more, 4-4.

Then just before half time Cole picked up the ball and with a shimmey to his left created a yard of space before firing home what turned out to be the eventual winner, 4-5.

A tactical switch at half time saw the impressive Mikey Neville man mark Stedham’s danger man Lewis Hamilton, this worked a treat as Stedham’s chances in front of goal were significantly reduce but this also resulted in Lavant’s free flowing attacking football was also somewhat restricted.

Both sides had chances to score with stand in Lavant striker Nathan Richards coming close twice but being denied by the keeper.  Then on 85 minutes Hamilton finally broke through the Lavant rear guard and with only the keeper to beat, chipped the ball into the air goal bound only for out-coming keeper Tom Turner to somehow get a finger tip to the ball deflecting it away for a corner, a truly magnificent save which ensured the second half ended goalless and after nine first half goals Lavant thankfully finally for all their efforts bagged three precious league points.

An exhausted Manager Cliff Massey said of the game “It was a real spectacular, end to end encounter which thankfully Lavant have won and this was all came down to a fine save right at the closing moments of the game, so perhaps this time lady luck was shining on us, where that might not have been the case in previous weeks.”

Lavant: T.Turner, G.Ockwell, M.Ayers, G.Pinder, M.Hine, D.Maclean, S.Wiggins, M.Neville, S.Massey, C.Colwell, S.Cole. Subs: N.Richards, M.Millburn.

Just Over Two Weeks To Go

Dont forget to contact either James Brooks , Jon Wright or Matt Steven’s to book your place at the annual LFC Bowling Competition at Chichester Gate on the 29th October. Plus up the town afterwards.
One night out not to be missed.

There is also a halloween theme to the evening and so fancy dress is compulsory!!

Saturday’s League Results

Division ONE
East Dean 1 Barnham 0
Cowfold Reserves 2 Hunston CC 5
Barns Green 5 Newtown Villa 0
Holbrook FC 4 Petworth 0

Division TWO SOUTH
Lavant Reserves 2 Lodsworth 2
Boxgrove 4 Stedham Utd 4
Barnham 3rd’s 2 Furnhurst 3
Preadors 1 Wittering Utd 4