Lavant 2 Barns Green 2

Lavant dropped two valuable points in their poorest performance of the season.

The homeside started well with good football in possession, though defensively, they failed to pressurise the ball as well as in previous games. Nevertheless, all boded well when Dave Knight set up midfielder, James Brooks, to open the scoring for the Chichester side after 12 minutes.

Striker, Ryan Seacombe set up Mike Bartley to double Lavant’s lead on 38 mins. But as team concentration lapsed, when Matt Lyttle lost the ball in midfield, Jack Pesteridue’s deep cross from the right found Sam Liley on the left who controlled and finished well to put the visitors back in the game on the stroke of half-time.

In the second period, apart from two great saves by’keeper, Jason Dumbrill, from Seacombe and Bartley, all the pressure came from Barnes Green. It looked as if the homeside were going to grind out a win but in the last seconds of normal time, defender and captain, Jon Bacon, came up for a visitors’ long throw in and fired home the equaliser.

Lavant manager, David Parker, commented:” When at the top, every game is a cup final. We didn’t play well today but Barnes Green deserved their draw with a fine battling performance in the second half.”

Lavant: N.Sanson, C.Coe, J.Wright, B.Purgavie, M.Lyttle, L.Weller, J.Brooks, M.Stevens, M.Bartley, R.Seacombe, D.Knight.  Subs: M.Neville, S.Loversidge.

Barnham 3rds 5 Lavant Reserves 2

Lavant: R.Bayliss, M.Grace, M.Ayers, G.Ockwell, N.Latham, D.Maclean, G.Pinder, R.Gabb, S.Massey, D.Mortimer, M.Price. Subs: H.Reeves, G.Bell, M.Fegus.

Saturdays League Results

Division ONE
Lavant 2 Barns Green 2
Barnham 7 Hunston 1
Holbrook 1 Southwater 0
Petworth 0 Faygate 0
Yapton 7 Newtown Villa Reserves 1

Division TWO SOUTH
Lodsworth 2 Predators 2
Boxgrove 0 Fernhurst 0
Barnham 3rds 5 Lavant 2