Lavant 11 Ockley 0
This weekend saw Lavant host bottom side and league title holders Ockley with the home side romping to an 11-0 win. Lavant had their issues for the fixture with a few first team regulars missing caused a change in shape which had spectacular results.
There wasn’t much between the sides in the opening 15 minutes, both sides looking to settle into some rhythm during the early sparing. At this point Lavant opened the scoring, with James Sandford in fine form of late accepting a gift from the Ockley defence to slot home.
Next up was Matthew Lyttle, dispatching a free-kick hard and low from 25 yards and evading the wrong footed keeper to double the hosts lead. Lavant very much in the ascendancy capitalised on further poor defending, Sandford bagged his 2nd converting off of his thigh.
This is where the sparring stopped and the games threatened to turn into an actual boxing match as frustrations really began to show from the visitors. Fortunately things simmered down and Lavant closed off the half with a 4th and Sandford completing his hattrick.
You would have expected Ockley to come out with some pride in the second half and show a bit of fight in the right way but this wasn’t the case. Lavant managed to extend their lead to 7-0 in the opening 10 minutes of the half with goals coming from Aaron Hancock, James Brooks and Peter Caveney. There was clearly no way back for the league champions as the game had now descended into a free for all for the Lavant attackers.
Next up Caveney bagged his 2nd from the spot after Sandford was climbed all over in the box. Ash Hawkes then entered the fray and took only a few minutes to get in on the act scoring his 1st goal for the club. Hancock got his 2nd with a curled effort from the edge of the area before Hawkes got his 2nd after firing in to the roof of the net from 12 yards.
It really was a superb attacking performance by Lavant with some of the build up play a joy to watch and the icing on the cake was a clean sheet, the 1st for keeper Ash Court this season.
Team: Ash Court, Matt Lyttle, Simon Augustus, Jon Wright, James Brooks (c), Charlie McLaren, Chris Harvey, Pete Caveney, Aaron Hancock, James Sandford, Dan Baker. Subs – Ash Hawkes, Stuart Eastwood.
Predators Reserves vs Lavant Reserves
The game at the Arena Sport Centre in Bognor was abandoned after 70 minutes on Saturday following an incident involving both teams.
Lavant: Rob Baylis, Paul Taylor, Matt Grace, Neil Latham (c), Scott Yaxley, Tom Parker, Will Cieszynski, Louis Weller, Adam Yaxley, Lee Smith, John Langridge. Subs: Keanu Burton-Hoyte, Martin Pullen, Neil Sanson.