Angmering 5 Lavant 0
Lavant made their visit to Angmering without their 3 leading goalscorers. But this was just the start of their ills.
The Chichester side started well but when ‘keeper, Tom Turner, brought down Ashley Finch it ended in Turner going to Hospital and Stan Elder giving the homeside the lead from the penalty spot on 10 mins.
Danny Cooper added two more on 15 and 17 mins before being sent off just before half-time.
Lavant picked up 5 yellow cards and their one man advantage was lost when Walsh was sent for an early bath 8 mins into the second half, after being awarded a straight red for a late challange.
Ericson and Wood added two more for the league leaders, to end a game full of incidents.
Assistant manager, Dave Kent commented ” Given so many set-backs, the team battled hard and must now pick themselves up for Monday’s game”.
Lavant: T.Turner, D.Kennard, T.Parker, C.Coe, M.Neville, J.Walsh, G.Ockwell, M.Hine, M.Price, L.Weller, R.Lines. Subs R.Pinder, N.Watts.
Lavant Reserves 2 Ambassadors 1
Two great strikes from Shaun Massey and Jason Houghton made the difference as eventually Lavant grabbed all three valuable in a game in which they found it hard to breakdown a stubborn Ambassadors team.
This fixture could have easily gone the other way with Ambassadors starting the brighter of the two teams .
The opening 20 minutes saw sloppy play by Lavant, but thanks to full backs David Morris and Daryl Hall they stemmed the flow of most of the visitor’s attacks emanating from down the flanks.
This prompted manager Cliff Massey to give his side a furious verbal wake up call from the side lines and this seemed to work as Lavant upped the tempo and started to press the visitors half and finally test the Ambassadors keeper.
Jason Houghton denied by the hand of the keeper as Lavant’s Adam Clarke and Guy Pinder look on
With 30 minutes gone the impressive Morris whipped in a ball from the right flank, which was met by striker Chris Withall, who neatly laid the ball off to Massey just outside the box, who let fly with a rocket of a shot into the top left corner of the net, 1-0.
This goal advantage gave Lavant the impetus to take control of the game and press forward once more from the restart and only good goal keeping the Ambassadors keeper ensured the score remained unchanged going into the interval.
With no changes needed at half time and Cliff Massey rallying the troops once more, Lavant started the second half well producing several clear efforts on goal early on, with only the crossbar and post denying Ben Evans and Massey.
Jason Houghton heading on as Daryl Hall and Ben Evans race to meet the ball
In the 65 minute a fine long range effort by Morris went inches wide and from the resulting goal kick, Lavant immediately won the ball back in midfield, for Evans to go on a mazy run into the box before cutting back and picking out Jason Houghton 25 yards out, who side stepping the defender and unleashed a fine strike into the back of the net, leaving the keeper rooted too the spot, 2-0.
Tom Sheppard battles to keep control of the ball
With 15 minutes remaining Lavant had a chance too wrap up the game, with a fine move finding Tom Sheppard free in acres of space and with only the keeper too beat, but somehow he managed to completely sliced his effort wide of goal, perhaps demonstrating why he is not better suited at the back, than up front.
Ambassadors during the whole game never gave up and were always a threat, and as Lavant missed their opportunity to go into a commanding three nil lead, the visitors were within minutes back in the game as a defender beating the offside trap and ran through and slotting the ball home past keeper Martin Pullen, 2-1.
Chris Withall winning the aerial battle
This made for a very nervy remaining 12 minutes on the side line for the Lavant’s management team, but with the introduction of top scorer Adam Yaxley into the game, he was able to press forward and create further changes, forcing Ambassadors back to defend their goal for the few remaining minutes to full time.
Manager Cliff Massey said “the players responded well after some persuasion from the side lines after a poor first 20 minutes, as it could have been over that early, but credit too them ,they listened and acted on it and we came out victorious.”
Team: M.Pullen, D.Morris, S.Eastwood, G.Pinder, D.Hall, A.Clarke, S.Massey, J.Houghton, T.Sheppard, C.Withall, B.Evans. Subs: A.Yaxley, M.Milburn.