Ben Thomas battling in the air to win the ball.

Lavant 2 Fishbourne 5
Sussex Junior Cup

Fishbourne progressed to Round 2 of The Sussex Junior Cup, following their victory at Lavant.

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Martin Ayers (nearest) and Ross Lines defends the Lavant goal.After a good start, Lavant seemed overawed and stopped passing the ball. It allowed the visitors to build up an apparently unassailable lead as Hugh Howden’s flick on was brilliantly struck into the top corner on 23 mins by Darren Cox. Within 7 mins, left-winger Duncan Terry smashed home a cross from the left. Terry hit his second 2 mins from half-time, when Lavant’s back three inexplicably stopped dead.

It looked all over. But after a half-time team talk, Lavant emerged a different side, keeping the ball on the ground and playing impressive football.

Midfield battle, as Mike Neville is first to the ball.

Substitute, Mike Neville headed home for Lavant on 53 mins. Ben Evans curled a second in the top corner a quarter of an hour later. The homeside had then to throw caution to the wind to seek the equaliser. It was clear they,d either manage it or go further behind. Breakaways from Lavant pressure gave Fishbourne two counter-attack goals, as Cox completed his hat-trick on 85 and 89 mins. In between, Shaun Gooding’s goal for Lavant was disallowed for offside.


Martin Pullen punching the ball clear.

Fishbourne won it in the first half but the second was a great spectacle.

Team: M.Pullen, T.Sheppard, S.Gooding, M.Hine, M.Ayers, B.Evans, J.Walsh, B.Thomas, R.Lines, S.Loversidge, T.Parker. Subs: M.Neville, C.Withall, M.Price.


Ross Lines tracking back.


Tom Sheppard heading clear.

Boxgrove 4 Lavant Reserves 0

Lavant Reserves woes continued this week as they were comprehensively beaten by a strong Boxgrove side.

Both teams started the match in cold wet murky conditions and for the first fifteen minutes Boxgrove forced the pace of the game hemming Lavant back in their half.  A mistake by keeper Dave Kent saw Boxgrove have the ball in the back of the net, only for the striker to be ruled offside and so Lavant managed to keep the status quo.

Eventually Lavant began to make inroads into the game, managing to get the ball forward and attack the Boxgrove half, but Alex Waters, Joe Hepworth and Robbie Pinder were unable to capitalize on their chances, rarely threatening the homeside’s goal.  Boxgrove defended well, plus were quick to counterattack and when Lavant’s Greg Ockwell was tackled in midfield, the home side were fastest to react slicing through the heart of the Lavant defence of Stuart Eastwood and Matt Court and opening the scoring one nil, 1-0.

Both teams works hard for the remainder of the half but the scores remained unchanged going into the interval.

Lavant very optimistic of getting back in the game never really got going in the second half, whereas Boxgrove started again very strongly forcing Lavant to defend and so eventually took full advantage of their possession as the left winger broke clear down the flank and blasted past the out-coming keeper, further increasing their lead, 2-0.

Shortly afterwards it was three nil as poor marking saw two Boxgrove strikers break through the Lavant central defence and pass the ball around the stranded keeper, 3-0.

The home side added another making sure there was no way back for the visitors as they rounded up a resounding victory, 4-0.

Lavant to there credit again never gave up and kept battling on to the final whistle and were somewhat unlucky not the grab a consolation goal in the last ten minutes as Boxgrove took their foot pedal.

Team: D.Kent, S.Blackman, S.Eastwood, M.Court, D.Hall, J.Houghton, G.Ockwell, C.Swain, R.Pinder, J.Hepworth, A.Waters. Subs: D.Knight, D.Morris, A.Strange.