Newtown Villa 0 Lavant 2
After a week off Lavant were back in action against Bognor side Newtown Villa. In recent seasons, Villa have been somewhat of a bogey side for the visitors, only managing to take a point over last 4 meetings.
Lavant started with intent and purpose and made the most of the space afforded to them on the flanks due to Villa deploying a wingback system. Caveney and Wright were having significant joy with the Villa right hand side seriously lacking in mobility.
The first meaningful chance fell to Wright; a Villa clearance fell to the left back on the edge of the area where a vicious drive was sent thumping against the bar with the keeper completely static.
For all Lavant’s good work they still had to be alive to the consistent threat of the Villa game plan, Matt Russell being played in a deep lying midfield role and looking to clip the ball over the top of the Lavant back four on every occasion. There were numerous times this nearly caught Lavant with their willing runners but both Jones and Augustus managed to clear their lines.
Five minutes from the half Lavant took the lead, a well work throw again down the Lavant left found Hancock who managed to turn and feed in Baker to fire home.
The second half saw Lavant tighten their grip on the match. A Villa change in shape allowed the space to both Brooks and Stevens in central midfield dominate the game. Brooks really was in fine form, dictating the pace of the match, working passing triangles and was pivotal in everything good about Lavant’s play.
Fifteen minutes into the half Lavant doubled their lead, again it was Wright surging down the left, crossing and finding Baker who finished in style into the roof of the Villa net.
Lavant went on to see out that match, gain a much needed 3 points to stay in touch with the early front runners and a confidence building clean sheet. Next week it’s a free scoring Predators side back on Lavant Village Green.
Lavant: Matt Bevan, Richard Gabb, Paul Jones, Simon Augustus, Jon Wright, James Brooks, Matt Stevens, Aaron Hancock, Pete Caveney, Oli Haggar, Dan Baker Subs: James Sandford, Matt Lyttle, Dan Cowell.