Lavant Reserves 9 Yapton Reserves 2
A goal feast wasn’t on the agenda for this game as Lavant Reserves faced a tight fixture against local rivals Yapton Reserves, who were only one place below them in the league table.
But boy did Lavant go about their job right from the kick off, displaying the perfect attitude in an effort to erase the previous weeks disappointing defeat and they were rewarded at the final whistle with a convincing 9-2 win.
Lavant start well and were spreading the ball around the pitch through the midfield field quartet of Dave Knight, Guy Pinder, Shaun Massey and Tom Sheppard and with only five minutes gone Knight causing havoc down the left flank opened the scoring for the homeside, 1-0.
With Lavant controlling the game they pushed forward at every chance and with in form striker Ross Lines up front it was not long before Lavant went further ahead and perhaps had killed the game off by half time as he scored a hat trick ensuring the homeside went into half time in a commanding 4-0 lead.
The visitors still shell shocked from the first 45 minutes football, were subjected to much the same display from Lavant in the second half, as they tried in vain to get a foothold into the game.
With stand-in left back Dave Maclean linking well with Knight they were able to create numerous opportunities breaking down the left flank and cutting into the box, where Dan Mortimer was taking advantage of such bountiful supply of crosses as he scored twice in 15 minutes to further extend the homesides lead to 6-0.
With 30 minutes remaining Adam Yaxley came on for Alan Sheppard and wasted no time in getting involved in the game as he picked out Weller who scored what was most probably the best goal of the game, 7-0.
With everyone now wanting to score Lavant lost their shape somewhat and the back four were caught to far forward, as the Yapton striker chased down a long through ball, beating substitute Stuart Eastwood and slotting the ball past the very annoyed Lavant keeper Tom Turner, 7-1.
With only ten minutes of the game remaining there was still time for three more goals, as Dan Mortimer scored twice more for Lavant taking his tally to four in the match and Yapton to their credit who never gave up scored a later consolation goal as the score ended 9-2 at the final whistle.
Man of the match Guy Pinder commented “in recent games we have created chances without playing well, but not converted them, but today the whole team played so well, creating numerous chances to score and this took the pressure off the strikers and so they just scored with ease”.
Team: T.Turner, D.Morris, T.Sheppard, T.Parker, D.Maclean, A.Sheppard, S.Massey, G.Pinder, D.Knight, R.Lines, D.Mortimer. Subs: A.Yaxley, S.Eastwood, L.Weller, J.Strange.