Selsey Town 2 Lavant 0

Both Selsey and Lavant had 100% league credentials prior to their meeting on Saturday, but it was Selsey who emerged with their record intact.

The homeside started the sharper to the ball and for a quarter of an hour, Selsey were encamped in Lavant’s half. Ironically, it was when the visitors came out of their shells, that Selsey took the lead. Ross Elliott capitalised on an individual error by a Lavant player to fire home on 22 minutes. The visitors fought back and Sam Vickery in goal did well to turn Chris Withall’s 30 yard drive wide.

The second half was a different affair. Selsey seemed lack lustre and Lavant should have equalised when Withall put Loversidge clear 3 minutes after the re-start.

The Chichester side produced several chances and Ayres, Loversidge twice, Evans and Lines came close to levelling the score. Against the run of play Selsey broke on the right and Kieran Craddock struck a superb goal from the edge of the box on 75minutes, to give the home side a 2 goal advantage.

Disappointed coach, David Parker, summed up his team’s performance when he said, “Selsey had four shots and scored twice; we had loads of chances but failed to score. We were too cautious but Selsey had more fight early on, more composure throughout and so deserved their win.”

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

Lavant Reserves 1 Rustington Park Seniors 5
Division IV Charity Cup

Lavant suffering from Tottenham syndrome due to a poor start to the season began the match very tentatively and so it was no surprise when after ten minutes a nervous back pass lacking pace gifted Rustington their opener as their striker ran through one on one with the keeper, 0-1.

Rustington’s second goal should never have been given as Lavant keeper Dave Kent raced off his line to clear the ball was met by the Jason Jarvis’s stud high boot, leaving the keeper grounded nursing a two inch cut to the leg, as to the referee just waved play on to the total surprise of everyone on the pitch, especially the other Rustington striker who eventually decided to tap the ball into the empty net, 0-2.

Lavant for long periods got the ball into the visitors half, but strikers, Joe Hepworth, Christian Swain and Alex Waters never really made their chances count.  Rustington defended well and were quick to counterattack and so further extended their lead when a long clearance over the Lavant defence was not dealt with by either Guy Pinder or Kent and in the confusion the Rustington striker ran in and neatly lobbed the stranded keeper to make it three nil just before half time, 0-3.

The half time score line somewhat flattered the visitors as Lavant’s performance did not warrant being three nil down, but with the home-side’s confidence low they started the second half very cautiously allowing Rustington time to move the ball around freelyin the home-side’s half and a well worked move opened space on the right for the winger to drill home the ball 12 yards out, 0-4.

Minutes later Lavant’s bad luck continued as they conceded a penalty as Kent brought down Jarvis in the area. Dave Kent then made amends for his earlier faux par saving the penalty forcing the ball to bounce off the post to safety, and then only to find Pinder was deemed to have had a foot in the area, as the referee had the penalty retaken.  The thankful Rustington striker made no mistake second time around as the visitors coasted to a five nil lead, 0-5.

To their credit Lavant never gave up and finally scored a much deserved goal with twenty minutes remaining as Alex Waters again for the second week running headed home into the top corner past the outstretched arm of the keeper, 1-5.

This eventually only proved to be a consolation goal as the scores remained unchanged for the remainder of the game. Rustington now move onto the next round of the Div II cup, whilst Lavant Reserves in the space of two weeks are out of all cup competitions and so are now free to concentrate on what is their real challenge this season which is to escape relegation from Division IV South.

Team: D.Kent, J.Strange, G.Pinder, S.Blackman, M.Paintin, D.Morris, G.Ockwell, D.Knight, C.Swain, J.Hepworth, A.Waters. Subs: J.Houghton, A.Strange, A.Yaxley.