Lavant 4 Faygate 3

Having beaten teams in the lower third of the table, this was an important test for Lavant as they hosted a side ahead of them in the mid-table group of teams.

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Ash Rochester clearing the ball
Photograph by Chris Pinchbeck

After dominating the opening ten minutes, the Chichester side went 1-0 down against the run of play. Jon Wright was adjudged to have fouled Faygate’s Dan Hills on the edge of the box and Paul Jones headed home the ensuing free-kick.  Ryan Seacombe was denied twice by great saves from Faygate’s ‘keeper, Stuart Bregan in the 2nd and 19th minutes before Darren Cox rattled the visitor’s post on 35 minutes and Seacombe hit the crossbar a minute later.

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Dan Cowell breaking clear down the wing
Photograph by Chris Pinchbeck

After the restart, the home crowd started to think it was going to be one of those days as now David Knight hit the woodwork on 55 minutes. But finally the breakthrough came when Pete Cairns toe-ended Cox’s free-kick home to equalise just before the hour. Then the pendulum swung back within seconds as a route one punt let Jones in to restore the Crawley side’s lead.  But 5 minutes later, Seacombe again put Lavant level 2-2. For the first time the homeside then went ahead with Darren Cox directing Cairns long throw into the net on 72minutes.

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Pete Cairns clearing the ball
Photograph by Chris Pinchbeck

By now those of a nervous disposition were feeling the pressure, especially when a mix up between Tom Parker and ‘keeper Ashley Rochester let Andy Brimelaw in and the rebound off him limped into the net; 3-3.  With only 10 minutes remaining, Lavant still applied the pressure and when Cowell was bowled over in the box; Cox won the game for Lavant from the spot-kick with 5 minutes s left.

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Darren Cox takening the winning penalty kick
Photograph by Chris Pinchbeck

Manager David Parker commented “I nearly had a heart-attack, but we deserved the win. We had to beat both Faygate and Lady Luck today to do it.”

Lavant: A.Rochester, C.Coe, T.Parker, J.Wright, P.Cairns, D.Knight, J.Brooks, M.Stevens, D.Cowell, R.Seacombe, D.Cox. Subs: D.Kennard, S.Eastwood.

Selsey A 6 Lavant Reserves 0

This week league leaders Lavant Reserves were up against the strongest challengers for the league title in Selsey A.

Having been knocked out of a cup competition and beaten in the league recently by Selsey, revenge was clearly on the minds of the players as their determination was evident in the way they started the game as the visitors dominated the opening quarter of the match.

Selsey however stood strong and repelled any early pressure and once the initial onslaught was over they showed their true class as they started to take control of the match pushing forward and exposing any gaps in Lavant’s makeshift rearguard.

With 20 minutes gone of this high octane game Selsey won a free kick 10 yards in from the corner flag. The ball was then floated into the box as the homeside executed a well worked set piece routine to a tee, as Lavant suddenly found themselves 1-0 down.  Straight from the restart a well worked move found Lavant striker Rhys Watling on the edge of the box with a great opportunity to draw level but his shot went agonisingly wide.

Selsey once more seized the initiative as a long punt up front eventually found their striker after a neat flick on clear through and as the keeper rushed out he coolly knocked the ball into the empty goal, 2-0.

Then with only minutes to go before halftime Selsey struck once more giving them a commanding 3-0 lead going into the break.  Encouraging words were ringing in the ears of the Lavant players when they took the field for the second half as they once more started well from the kick-off and they could have easily pulled a goal back, but a fine save from the Selsey keeper once more denied Lavant a goal.

Selsey were deadly on the counterattack and all Lavant’s hard work was then undone as they added a fourth goal as their striker turned and shot on the edge of the box beating the stranded keeper, 4-0. Lavant were still not willing to concede the game as they again pressed forward and forged two to three good chances to get back into the match, but poor finishing seemed to be the order of the day.

In the remaining 10 minutes Selsey added goals 5 and 6 to round off a comprehensive victory and ensure the visitors suffered a bad day at the office, as tired legs at the back made easy pickings for the homeside strike force, 6-0.

Selsey were a very well organised side and on this performance it is likely Lavant were beaten by the future winners of the Division 3 league, but with better finishing the visitors could at least have made the final result a more respectable scoreline.

Lavant: T.Turner, S.Green, M.Ayers, R.Pinder, D.Maclean, S.Wiggins, M.Hine, S.Massey, L.Cook-Jones, R.Watling, S.Cole.  Subs: M.Milburn.