League leaders Clymping were stopped in their tracks by an excellent performance from an improved Lavant side and a late goal from Carl Drinkwater.

The homeside began well with 10 minutes of unremitting pressure but gradually the Chichester team emerged from their compact defending to put the ball in the Clymping net on 18 minutes but the goal was disallowed.

One momentary lack of concentration allowed Clymping to break from mid-field with out the Lavant markers tracking their players.  Even then, it took 5 shots before Garside hit the net to put the homeside ahead on 34 minutes.

This momentarily lifted Clymping’s play to force two excellent saves from Lavant keeper Chris Bowles.  But before long, the visitors were back in control, an approach they carried into the second half.

After the break, midfielders, Ben Thomas, Justin Walsh and man of the match David Kennard put together some delightful triangular passes.

Another good stop by Bowles prevented Lavant conceding further but otherwise the visitors began to dominate the game.

The equaliser looked inevitable and when Kennard was chopped down in the box as he was about to pull the trigger, Carl Drinkwater stepped up to the penalty spot.

“I felt really confident about taking the penalty.  I simply gave him the eyes to his left and put the ball right,” declared the youngster.  Drinkwater, whose father , uncle and cousin had previously played for Lavant carried the family honours into another generation as he scored the deserved equaliser on 86 minutes.

Team: C.Bowles, D.Hall, M.Court, L.Hayward, M.Neville, D.Kennard, J.Walsh,  B.Thomas, M.Price, T.Parker, R.Lines. Subs: C.Drinkwater, M.Ayers, O.Haggar.