Holbrook 6 Lavant 1
Malcolm Simmonds Cup

Holbrook took full advantage of Lavant’s mental absence at the start of this match by knocking in 3 goals in the first quarter of an hour and another 2 by the half hour mark. Man of the match, Kieran Greig, opened the homeside’s account with a well taken goal on 6 minutes.

Mark Green was a little fortunate to find his lob from a loose ball at a corner kick drop home 3 minutes later and from a similar situation Shaun Findlay’s shot zipped under ‘keeper Ash Rochester on the quarter hour.

Findlay who was outstanding made it 4-0 on 19 minutes and Nat Rowland completed the rout just before the half hour.

Manager David Parker changed the tactical formation and the visitors were more comfortable, stemming the haemorrhage of goals and indeed pulling one back just before half-time when Stuart Loversidge set up Alan Sheppard’s consolation goal.

Lavant were more formidable in the second half and twice hit the woodwork despite Findlay completing his hat-trick with a 25 yd drive just before the hour.

Manager Parker lamented, “We had a terrible day at the office but will take lessons from this to employ in our two league games with Holbrook later in the season”.

Holbrook: Borst, Davis, Medhurst, Emmett, N. Ocarrol, A. Ocarrol, Greig,  P. White, Findlay Green, Rowland. Subs: S. White, Mitchell, Wint.

Lavant: A.Rochester, G. Ockwell, T. Sheppard, M. Carver, K. Fogden, A. Sheppard, D. Knight, M. Stevens, T. Parker, S. Loversidge, R. Seacombe. Subs: S.Cole, A. Yaxley, S. Eastwood.

Lavant Reserves 2 Selsey A 3

The crowd at Raughmere Park were treated to a fine footballing display Saturday as the two Division III pace setters battled it out for all three precious points.

Lavant starting the brighter of the two, immediately putting Selsey under pressure with Lavant debutant Darren Cox testing the keeper early on.  With both sides pushing forward at every opportunity the game was fast and furious and the homeside should have broken the deadlock as Robbie Pinder broke through the back line with only the keeper to beat.

But the Selsey keeper pulled off a great save to deny Lavant the opener.  Then with 20 minutes gone Matt Hine received the ball in the middle of the park and side stepping a Selsey player before putting the ball into the feet of rising star Dan Cowell, who skinned two Selsey players down the flank before crossing to Cox on the edge of the eighteen yard box, who fired home the ball 1-0.

Selsey from the restart upped their game forcing two fine saves from keeper Pullen.  With half time fast approaching Lavant’s back four were constantly under great pressure but centre backs Martin Ayers and John Wright weathered the storm to ensure the homeside went into the break holding onto their slender lead.

The second half was barely under way when Lavant centre forward Darren Cox was brought down in the penalty area, but referee Martin Barrow was unimpressed by the appeals as he waved play on.  Then minutes later as Selsey counterattacked he then awarded the visitors a penalty, as Wright was adjudged to have fouled in the area.

Up stepped Selsey to hammer home the penalty and equaliser, 1-1. This was the incentive to bring on Lavant’s leading scorer Ross Lines and with his first touch of the game was to flick the ball on from keeper Pullen’s long kick into the path of the Darren Cox who ran on to score his second goal of the game and re-establish the homeside’s lead, 2-1.

Lavant still celebrating their second goal, allowed Selsey back into the game and the visitors took control of the midfield, taking advantage and scoring a long range screamer of an equaliser, giving Pullen no chance, 2-2.

Lavant weren’t about to give up and had several chances to regain the lead once more.  But in injury time Lavant were made to pay for missed chances, as a free kick, right of goal and 45 yards out was lofted into the area, only for an unmarked Selsey player to head in at the far post and snatch the winner right on full time, inflicting Lavant’s first defeat of the season.

Man of the match Dan Cowell added “It was a marked improvement from last week performance and a great game to be involved in, final result aside.”

Lavant: M.Pullen, S.Green, M.Ayers, J.Wright, P.Cairns, D.Maclean, M.Hine, S.Massey, D.Cowell, D.Cox, R.Pinder. Subs: R.Lines, B.Evans, L.Weller.

Sundays Results

Charity Cup:
Long Socks 5, FC Swan 8
Lamb Steyne 7, Avisford Sports 1
Lavant 2, University of Chichester 1
AFC Chichester 1, Southbourne 1
Wittering 5, The Old Barn 4
Elmer 11, Westbourne 1
Nyetimber Pirates 6, Aldingbourne 1
Pagham Rangers 1, Queens Park South 2.

Division 2:
Six Villages Utd 3, The Railway 2

Youth League
Division B:
Southwater FC 6, Rustington Otters Yth 1
Worthing Minors Ath 5, Predators Yth 0
Worthing Rebels Yth 1, Lavant Youth 4
Worthing Town yth , Broadbridge Heath .

Worthing Rebels 1 Lavant Youth 4

Lavant dominated from the off with Ryan Parfoot in sparkling form. His pace and close control was a constant threat to the Rebels defence. With a touch more composure he might have had two or three goals after 15 minutes.

Lavant continued to press but couldn’t find the breakthrough. After 30 minutes, and against the run of play, Rebels took a surprise lead. A lapse in concentration allowed Jordan Jones to skip through unchallenged and fire past Tom Cowell.

Two minutes later Tom Cowell kept out a thirty yard sizzler with a fingertip save.  Lavant recovered from the setback and should have been on level terms before the break. Jack Brockhurst worked himself two openings, but twice fired wide with just the keeper to beat.

The second half saw a much improved performance from Lavant. Two goals in the opening five minutes from leading scorer, Chris Colwell turned the game on it’s head. Thereafter, Lavant dominated, with Jamie White and Reece Hanson pulling the strings from midfield.

Mwenya Chisanga was causing havoc with his surging runs down the right. A five man move culminated with Nico House firing in a left footer from the edge of the box, 3-1.

Chances came and went before the hard-working Chris Webb wrapped things up with a well-taken fourth for Lavant. The goal capped a well-disciplined performance from the fast-improving Lavant youth team.

Next week Lavant play host to Upper Beeding in the second round of the Challenge Cup.

Team: TomCowell, Nico House, Kieron Gilbert, Luke Cotton, Mwenya Chisanga, Ryan Parfoot, Reece Hanson, Jamie White, Jack Brockhurst, Chris Webb, Chris Colwell. Subs: Lewis Finch, Louis Cook-Jones

Saturdays Results

Malcolm Simmonds Memorial Cup: Second round:
Petworth 2, Hunston CC 4
University of Chichester 0, Cowfold 1
Watersfield 5, Southwater 2
West Chiltington 0, Upper Beeding 1.

Bareham Trophy: First round:
Selsey FC A 5, Tangmere 4 on penalties.

Division 1:
Ashington Rovers 0, Newtown Villa II 4
Holbrook FC 6, Faygate Utd 2
Lavant 4, Capel 0.

Division 3 South:
Angmering II 4, Harting 2
Predators 2, The Sportsman 1
Square Deal FC 2, Lavant Res 2.