Matt Court directing and organising the team


After quarter of a century, Matt Court returned to spur Lavant to a win in their opening game of the season.

“Coming back to Lavant after seven years away, really meant a lot to me”, said the 40 year old sweeper.” I have really missed the Lavant Spirit and it was great to return and feel it again.”

The home side had a dream start when Tom Parker outjumped his marker to head Stuart Loversidge through, who volleyed home on 56 seconds.

After this it was a hard grinding battle, but Court, holding the captaincy, urged that Spirit of which he spoke on his team.

In the second half, the man in green, saved Parker’s penalty, after Loversidge was dragged down. With quarter of an hour to go, the Chichester side began to gain the upper hand with some delightful passing. The second goal was bound to come. Matt Hine played into Parker’s feet and the striker curled a perfect pass into Loversidge who chipped the ‘keeper 5 mins from time.

There was a touch of irony in this game for Matt Court who now lives with his partner and two children in Westerton, but whose mother still lives in Lavant played his first game for Lavant 26 years ago against Lancing.

Today’s win means “some things never change!”.