A weekend to forget for Lavant FC!

Lavant 0 West Chiltington 7

A still heavily depleted Lavant were outclassed by their Division One visitors who were everything the homeside were not.

West Chiltington were stronger, more competitive, passed the ball to feet and compact as a team both in attack and defence. Yet, Lavant started brightly enough and dominated the first quarter of an hour.

The visitors gradually eased into the game and went ahead from a poorly defended corner through Jack Halliday on 17 minutes.

At this stage the Chichester side were equal to the task but a ghastly goalkeeping error let striker, Craig Pulling increase the visitors lead on the half-hour.

The second half saw Lavant produce some good attacks but defensively they were more leaky than a colander and Pulling converted another corner on 48 minutes.

Miller hit a 4th on 57 minutes and Pulling got his hat-trick 16 minutes later. Lavant’s embarrassment was completed as Moss and Leppard added to the tally on 87 and 88 minutes.

Chiltington manager, Keith Tomsett, commented, ” We were poor in the first 15mins and I think our second goal, gifted to us, was the turning point of the game”.

Team: M.Pullen, G.Ockwell, S.Gooding, J.Strange , D.Hall, M.Neville, D.Payne, C.Swain, M.Price, A.Sheppard, J.Perry Subs: D.Knight, R.Secombe, L.Weller.

Hasting Rangers 6 Lavant Reserves 1
Sussex Junior Cup

This week Lavant Reserves found themselves catapulted into the Sussex Junior Cup following the surprise promotion of the first team to Division I and intermediate status.

This was going to be a David and Goliath encounter for the West Sussex Div IV team as they had to travel right across to the far reaches of Sussex to play East Sussex Div II side Hastings Rangers.

This was even more of a challenge for the West Sussex side as they could only field the bare eleven players due to player availabilities.

The game kicked off in high winds and over half an hour late due to a mix up with kick-off times and it was the visitor’s who opened the scoring, as a Dan Mortimer corner glided over the outstretched keeper and into the top corner of the goal, 0-1.

The homeside had to battle hard to get back into the game as Lavant resolutely defended their lead, but the senior side scored twice to take the advantage going into half time, 2-1.

The second half was very much one way traffic as Lavant were now playing against the wind and starting to tire as Hasting Rangers plied on the pressure, eventually reaping the rewards as they scored two goals in quick succession, effectively killing off the cup tie, 4-1.

Two more goals followed before the final whistle as the homeside resoundingly booked their place into the next round of the cup, 6-1.

Lavant’s stand-in manager Mel Milburn commented “I’m really proud of the lads, we could have call off this cup tie due to the lack of available players, but we still managed to field a side against Hastings. The odds were stacked against us right from kick off, but to all their credit they gave it their best shot and kept on fighting right to the final whistle, showing great team spirit”.

Team: S Eastwood, M.Smith, G.Pinder, D.Morris, A.Strange, D.Kent, R.Lines, P.Gongalves, C.Withall, D.Mortimer, M.Milburn. Subs: None.

October’s Fixtures

3rd October:
Lavant vs West Chiltington KO 3.00pm
Hasting Rangers vs Lavant Reserves KO 3.00pm ?

10th October:
Lavant – No Game
Lavant Reserves vs Lodsworth Reserves KO 3.00pm

17th October:
Lavant vs Cowfold in the Centenary Cup KO 2.00pm?
Lavant Reserves – No Game

24th October:
Faygate vs Lavant 2.00pm KO
Lavant Reserves vs Yapton Reserves 2.00pm KO

31st October:
Lavant vs Hunston 2.00pm KO
Lavant Reserves – No Game