The young doctor from St Richard’s Hospital made a superlative return from injury to help Lavant get back their league form.
The Chichester side were caught out when they all stopped, believing referee Dave Rolland had awarded the visitors a free kick. Lancing however kept playing and Gutrie’s cross was volleyed home on 23 mins by Aiton.
Tom Parker, Stuart Loversidge and Christen Swain all came close for Lavant after the restart but it was beginning to look like the old story of missed chances for the visitors as half-time beckoned.
Then, when Oli Haggar was chopped down, Lavant sent for the doctor. The ensuing free-kick was one the team had rehearsed and Matt Price’s cross was deftly headed home by Haggar at the near post.
Price who’d previously played for Barts and The London University curled a corner into the box just 4 minutes after the restart for striker Parker to spin on and drill past ‘keeper Dan Hart to put Lavant ahead.
“The Doc” linked up with Lavant’s sparkling new signing Dave Kennard to set up Parker again but this time Hart saved.
Asked why he’d become a doctor, Price said “I’ve always had a passion to help people.” Unfortunately, this sentiment did not extend to Lancing and Price put the game beyond the Brighton side’s reach when he headed Lavant’s third on 73 mins.
An efficient defence enabled Lavant to see the game out and Price completed a memorable return when the referee awarded him “man of the match”.
Team: C.Bowles, D.Hall, B.Thomas, L.Hayward, O.Haggar, M.Ayers, D.Kennard, C.Swain, M.Price, T.Parker, S.Loversidge. Subs: J.Hird, P.Pinder.