Hunston Reserves 0 Lavant 2
A brace of goals from two Matt Lyttle free-kicks gave Lavant the 3 points in this scrappy game.
Hunston worked hard, keeping constant pressure on the ball. A bumpy surface needed several touches to control the ball and the combination of these two factors worked in the hosts’ favour.
But apart from Andy Claxton heading an Ami Rosario cross over the visitors’ bar under pressure from Ben Pugavie, the homeside posed no scoring threat. Rosario claimed a penalty under a Chris Coe tackle in the box but referee, Martin Smith, waived play on.
In the 31st minute, when Mike Neville was fouled on the right wing, Lavant’s left-back’s in-swinging free-kick dipped under the bar to put the visitors 1-0 in front.
The second half saw Ryan Seacombe hit the Hunston net on 53 minute, but his goal was disallowed for a foul on Jon Brewster. Hunston began to control the central midfield and on the hour manager, David Parker, changed the visitors’ formation to play three in the middle to regain the advantage.
James Brooks cross beat Hunston ‘keeper, Dan Heard, but, sliding in, Mike Bartley just couldn’t get the finishing touch. Matt Lyttle skimmed the homeside crossbar on 70 minutes after a Coe, Dave Knight, Neville build up.
But when Rosario was booked on 83 minutes for a foul on Matt Stevens, Lyttle fired the 28 yd free-kick past the Hunston wall and Heard to give Lavant their 2-0 win. Lavant Captain, Stevens, said “This wasn’t our best display and we were relieved to grind out the win”.
Lavant: N.Sanson, C.Coe, J.Wright, B.Purgavie, M.Lyttle, M.Neville, J.Brooks, M.Stevens, D.Knight, R.Seacombe, M.Bartley. Subs: S.Cole, S.Walder.
Lavant Reserves 0 Fernhurst 4
Match report to follow.