Together Lavant Go Top of the League

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Lavant 3 Faygate 2

This was a top of the table clash involving the only two teams in Division One who remained undefeated.

Lavant striker, Stuart Loversidge, had to pull out seconds before kick-off. The resulting reshuffle meant the homeside started slowly and Faygate dominated the first quarter hour.

Gradually Lavant came into the game and fullback Chris Coe spurned a chance to give the Chichester side the lead. By now Lavant were controlling the match and persistant hard work by Mike Bartley on the right set Dave Knight to open Lavant’s account with a well finished goal on 28 minutes.

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Dave Knight opens the scoring

A minute later, defender, Matt lyttle, doubled the lead with a 65yd lob which United ‘keeper, Martyn Jepson, mishandled into his own net.

In the second half, Tyler Steer, marshalled Faygate’s defence well and the visitors threw every ounce of energy into trying to get back in the game.

Lavant’s passing game however kept them in charge and a diagonal ball from left-back, Matt Hine,found right-winger, Louis Weller, who skipped his defender and crossed for Bartley to head home on 72 minutes. A repeat performance one minute later saw Bartley miss by inches.

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Mike Bartley heads the winner

The homeside disappointingly lost concentration in the last 10 minutes, allowing United’s Sam Freeman to clip Lavant’s crossbar. The Chichester side lost possession to the powerful Phil Williamson who set up Tom Clarke to grab one back in the 84 minute.

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Mike Bartley on the ball

A disputed goal by Clarke one minute from time left Lavant to endure a nail-biting finish; but they remain top of the Division.

Lavant: N.Sanson, C.Coe, J.Wright, M.Lyttle, M.Hine, L.Weller, J.Brooks, D.Knight, M.Bartley, R.Seacombe, M.Neville.  Subs: M.Grace, M.Price, (S.Loversidge).

 

Fernhurst 10 Lavant Reserves 0

Lavant: G.Pinder, G.Ockwell, M.Ayers, B.Purgavie, D.Maclean, M.Stevens, A.Berry, S.Wiggins, S.Massey, S.Walder, M.Fegus. Subs: R.Lines, T.Turner.

Saturdays League Results

Division ONE
Barns Green 4 Hunston CC Reserves 1
East Dean 0 Petworth 3
Newtown Villa Reserves 1 Southwater 4
Yapton 1 Lavant 3

Division TWO SOUTH
Boxgrove 2 Fittleworth 3
Predators 4 Barnham 3rd’s 0

Chichester Charity Cup – Rnd 2
Fernhurst 2 Capel 3
Henfield 3 Rudgwick 1
Lavant Reserves 0 Ashington Rovers 1
Newdigate 3 Lodsworth 1
Selsey FC ‘A’ 1 Wittering Utd 6
Stedham Utd 1 Alfold 4