Lavant 0 Hunston 6
This was a clash of two 4-3-3 systems. Hunston were masters of it. Lavant only pupils. The visitors outclassed their opponents and feeding off their central attacker played the wide forwards in to devastating effect…
Alan Sheppard battling to win the ball, with Kevin Fogden in the background
Tim Fewster opened Hunston’s account with a delicious 18 yd lob on 5 minutes. Dave Turner just got a toe to a through ball inches before his marker, Matt Carver, to stab home number two 8 minutes later.
Central striker Dean Platt, headed home at close range a right wing cross after poor marking just before the half hour and Daryl Bailey added the fourth 4 minutes before half-time.
Whilst it was true to say Lavant’s heads never went down, it was a tightening and refinement of their system at half-time that produced a better performance.
The homeside pressed the visitors’ goal more effectively and despite conceding 3 minutes into the half when Turner was left unmarked, the correction of this frustrated the visitors who only got their sixth goal through a set piece corner kick as Fewster hit his second with 7 minutes to go.
James Brooks on the ball
Fate brings the two sides together again in the Centenary Cup and Lavant can discover how much they’ve learnt from this engagement.
Lavant: A.Rochester, J.Houghton, D. Kennard, M. Carver, K. Fogden, A. Sheppard, J.Brooks, M. Stevens, M. Price, S.Cole, R. Seacombe. Subs: N.Watts, J.Walsh, S. Eastwood.
Predetors 5 Lavant Reserves 1
Top versus second, one point between them and all to play for in this battle for top spot and you would have put money on the game being a tight affair, but in the end Predators ran out deserved victors, even if the 5-1 score somewhat flattered the homesides performance.
For the opening 25 minutes Lavant were camped in Predators half, but failed to make any headway, seldom challenging the keeper. The closest Lavant came to scoring was when Ross Lines turned and shot from 35 yards out beating the keeper but smashing against the bar.
This was the turning point for Predators, who upped the aggressive style of play forcing Lavant on the back foot and eventually breaking the deadlock as their striker latched on to a wayward pass before neatly finishing past the stranded keeper, 1-0.
With 5 minutes of the first half remaining the game threatened to boil over with meaty challenges going in from both sides, but referee Roy Johnson showed why the game still needed refs like him.
The second half saw Predators come out the stronger and immediately extended their lead with a simple tap in following a desperate goal mouth scramble. Lavant never gave up and pushed forward in numbers in an effort to try and get back into the game, but Predators were quick on the counter attack and a neat lob over the Lavant’s back four saw their striker muscle in and add another the to the growing tally.
Three nil down and manager Cliff Massey changed the shape of the team playing three at the back and bringing on Ben Evans and Dan Ranjbar in an effort to try and get something out of the game and it seemed to work when Ranjbar and Dan Cowell combined to find Matt Hine who scored to reduce the deficit, 3-1.
Then Straight after the restart came the killer blow, as Predators scored their fourth of the game, 4-1. With heads down Lavant were now playing as a beaten team and Predators capitalised on this, after a fine save by Pullen the defence were slow to react and Predators added their fifth of the game, 5-1.
Manager Cliff Massey said “The pleasing thing about today was seeing Roy out there still refereeing and keeping a control of the game, after the sad loss of his wife this week, that’s real commitment for you. All of Lavant football club would like to give him and his family our sincere condolences during this sad time.”
Lavant: M.Pullen, S.Green, M.Ayers, J.Wright, P.Cairns, D.Maclean, M.Hine, S.Massey, D.Cowell, D.Cox, R. Lines. Subs: R.Pinder, B.Evans, D.Ranjbar
Aldingbourne 0, University of Chichester 7
Six Villages Utd 2, Lavant 2
Wheatsheaf II 2, Queens Park South 9.
Under 18: Challenge Cup:
Avisford Yth 1, Billingshurst 4
Lavant 0, Upper Beeding 5
Worthing Rebels Yth 2, Felpham Colts 0
Worthing Utd Yth 5, Southwater 2
Lavant Crash Out of the Cup
Lavant Youth 0 Upper Beeding Youth 5
This week Lavant Youth crashed out of the Challenge Cup at the hands of Upper Beeding.
After five wins on the trot, including a County Cup victory at Upper Beeding earlier in the month, Lavant went into their first home game of the season full of confidence.
The homeside began well enough, dominating the early exchanges. However, it was Upper Beeding somewhat against the run of play that opened the scoring. Jamie Kieth and man of the match Dean Wingham combined to set Tom Warren free.
He skipped through a static defence before firing past Tom Cowell. Lavant knocked back by the goal, struggled to re-establish their earlier dominance on the game and although they worked hard in the middle of the park they rarely threatened Beeding goalkeeper James Johnson.
Then on 35 minutes the homeside were dealt the sucker punch as Warren scored his second with an unstoppable shot, giving the visitors a two nil lead going into the break.
The second half began with Lavant pressing, leaving themselves vulnerable to the counter attack. Upper Beeding capitalised after 55 minutes when Tom Warren was once again gifted time and space as he netted his third.
To their credit, Lavant continued to try to play football, but on the day, they were no match for Upper Beeding. An own goal, and an excellent strike from Isaac Mehmed completed a miserable afternoon for Lavant Youth.
Lavant: T. Cowell, N. House, L. Cotton, K. Gilbert, R. Hillier, L. Finch, R. Hanson, J. White, R. Parfoot,
C. Colwell, M. Chisanga. Subs: L. Cook-Jones, J. Brockhurst, K. Derry.
Malcolm Simmonds Memorial Cup: Second round:
Ashington Rovers 0, Angmering 3
Holbrook FC 6, Lavant 1
Lancing Utd 6, Billingshurst 5.
Division Three Cup: First round:
Tangmere 8, Forest Res 2. Division 1:
Barnham II 4, Faygate Utd 4
Hunston CC 3, Newtown Villa II 1
Petworth 2, Capel 1
Stedham Utd 0, Watersfield 5.
Division 3 South:
Harting 5, Square Deal FC 1
Lavant II 2, Selsey FC A 3
Rustington Park Snrs 0, Angmering II 3
The Sportsman 1, The Ship 4.