Newtown Villa Reserves 2 Lavant 3

Sam Cole’s hat-trick secured Lavant three points in their visit to Newtown Villa at Jubilee Fields. But this was a team effort from start to finish.

Lavant started brightly at high tempo and dominated the first half. So it was much against the run of play when Ashley Pugh put Villa ahead from a corner on 31 minutes.

But three minutes later Tom Parker and Cole combined on the right to engineer Cole a shooting chance and the 21 year old fired home from a narrow angle to level the score.

The visitors were slow to settle after the interval but Cole volleyed them into the lead from Ryan Seacombe’s cross 16 minutes into the second half.

Newtown never gave up and were rewarded when Lavant lapsed in concentration to let Ricky Kelly in, to draw the homeside level on 71 minutes.

But fresh legs in substitutes Alan & Tom Sheppard and Stuart Loversidge switched the balance back in favour of the Chichester side. When Loversidge was chopped down on the left, Cole headed home the resulting free kick to complete his hat-trick with 9 minutes left on the clock.

Newtown: Belcher, Jays, Glasspool, Vango, Dallaway, Jones, Evans, Kelly, Reid, Pugh, Parkinson, Dennery, Kerley.

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

Lavant Reserves 7 The Sportsman 0

The crowd at Raughmere Park were well rewarded for showing up Saturday as they were treated to a goal feast, as manager Cliff Massey recent returning home from sunnier climates inspired his team to a seven goal thriller.

Lavant opened the scoring in the first minute with a cool finish by Ross Lines, 1-0. Then instead of the homeside going on a goal rampage the early goal seemed to have the reverse effect on the team as poor passing and very little team work followed.

However with a lot of encouragement from the sidelines Lavant finally got their act together and on the half hour they increased their lead with Louis Weller finding the back of the net, 2-0.

At half time, even with the homeside two nil up, a stern talking to followed, as well as a couple of substitutions and this had the desired effect as Lavant started the second half more positively, passing the ball quickly and taking control of the game.

As a result Lavant were soon 4-0 nil up after Dan Cowl and Jason Houghton both scored headers on each occasion where supplied by top draw crosses from Dan Ranjbar on the right hand flank.

Lavant now in completed control of the game were pressing on two fronts, firstly to score more goals and secondly for a third consecutive game to keep a clean sheet.

The defence held the line giving the visitors very little chance to test Martin Pullen in the Lavant goal, whilst Lavant continued to pile on the pressure up front, creating numerous chances to score. New signing Rhys Watling right from his introduction into the game caused havoc up front, eventually scoring on his debut with a well taken goal, but in the end quite unlucky not to come away with a hat trick, 5-0.

Not to be out done Louis Weller did claim his hat trick snatching two more goals after good link up play with Watling, 7-0.  A Louis Weller hat-trick, seven goals, a clean sheet and defender Jon Wright named as man of the match.

Cliff Massey is looking forward to coming home after his next holiday.

Lavant: M.Pullen, P.Cairns, M.Ayers, J.Wright, D.Ranjbar, D.Maclean, S.Massey, S.Wiggins, J.Houghton, R.Lines, L.Weller. Subs S.Green, R.Watling, D.Cowell.