Lavant 4 Barnham Reserves 1

With Barnham occupying second place and Lavant fourth prior to this game, this fixture was vitally important to both teams.

Both played attractive football and when Lavant gave the ball away on the edge of their defending third, star striker, Harry Abraham, came close to giving the visitors the lead.

But within two minutes, Stuart Loversidge headed Mike Bartley’s cross just wide at the other end.

Barnham ‘keeper,Gary Wimbledon, pulled off a fine save from a Matt Stevens drive and minutes later, but it was Bartley who broke the deadlock in the 26th minute with a right foot drive into the bottom corner to give the homeside the lead.

Ryan Seacombe doubled Lavant’s lead on 32 minutes and Wimbledon again denied Bartley minutes later.

As Lavant battened down the hatches in the second half, Barnham dominated its first 15 mins. But when Stevens headed Matt Hine’s corner into the back of the Barnham net on 57minutes, the homeside settled.

Nevertheless, Lavant’s Neil Sanson had to pull off two class saves from Barnham’s greatest threat, Abraham.

The visitors got their desserts when Kain Lawrence lobbed the ‘keeper from a deep cross on 63minutes.

But Lavant sealed the three points with a great individual goal from Seacombe 10minutes from time.

Lavant: N.Sanson, J.Wright, B.Purgavie, M.Hine, C.Coe, L.Weller, M.Stevens, J.Brooks, M.Bartley, R.Seacombe, S.Loversidge. Subs: M.Grace, M.Price, AHolmes.

Fittleworth 5 Lavant Reserves 4

Match Report to follow:

Saturdays League Results

Division ONE
Lavant 4 Newtown Villa Reserves 0
East Dean 0 Holbrook 2
Barnham Reserves 2 Barns Green 1
Yapton 7 Hunston CC Reserves 0

Division TWO SOUTH
Fernhurst 4 Selsey ‘A’ 1
Barnham 3rd’s 2 Boxgrove 2
Stedham Utd 4 Lavant Reserves 5