Ashington Rovers 0 Lavant 6
Lavant’s winning run continued with a third victory on the trot as they visited a muddy and windswept Church Lane.
Ashington ‘Keeper, Charlie Smith was in action early on as he pulled of a great 6 minutes save from visiting striker, Ryan Seacombe.
The young goalie seemed to have it in for Seacombe when he denied him again 8 minutes later, but left winger Dan Cowell drove home the rebound from 18 yds to open Lavant’s account.
Seacombe produced a sweet back-healer to put Darren Cox clear and he struck home to double Lavant’s lead on 19 minutes.
Despite Stuart Loversidge forcing another great save from Smith 6 minutes from half-time, Lavant manager, David Parker, was furious with his team for losing discipline and shape in an effort by them to go on a goal spree.
Clearly this message was driven home at the break for the Chichester side went 3-0 up as Cox hit his second within a minute of the restart. More importantly the visitors played in a more consistent and disciplined manner, resulting in a better defensive performance and three more goals.
Midfielder, Dave Knight , made it 4-0 in the 55th minute and Loversidge tapped home 8 minutes later from 2yds after Smith had blocked Seacombe yet again.
Then came the goal of the game 12 minutes from time, when superb combination play by Cox and Knight left Matt Stevens to sweetly strike a 25 yarder into the top corner to end a workmanlike performance by the visitors.
Ashington R: Smith, R.Geal, M.Squires, Leagoe, Sullivan, Hutt, Johnson, B.Golds, P.Geal, Gardener, Lamport. Subs: M.Golds, D.Sqiures, Morris, Sevell, Sturgess.
Lavant: A.Rochester, C.Coe, D.Kennard, J.Wright, K.Fogden, S.Loversidge, D.Knight, M.Stevens, D.Cowell, R.Seacombe, D.Cox. Subs: S.Eastwood, M.Carver.
Lavant Reserves 3 Tangmere 5
This weeks game was played out at a fast and furious pace as both Lavant and Tangmere battled it out in the desperate hope grabbing a win in order to maintain their challenge on the Division 3 South league title.
With early chances at both ends it was Tangmere who took first blood, scoring from a free kick on the edge of the box, giving Lavant keeper Tom Turner no chance, 0-1.
Lavant playing with the wind behind them then forced a succession of corners. With Joe Hepworth making his first appearance for Lavant this season taking the corners, he took advantage of the windy conditions and struck the ball swiftly into the far top hand corner of the goal, drawing the homeside level, 1-1.
There was no let up in the game and with a heavy pitch, tackles were flying in and Lavant’s influential centre-back Martin Ayres was taken off injured. With Ross Lines replacing Ayers the homeside were forced to alter their formation. Tangmere took advantage of the change, pressing forward and with a neat through ball caught the rear guard sleeping, as Tangmere’s pacy forward ran through on goal to score and put the visitors 2-1 up.
With manager Cliff Massey giving orders from the side, Lavant then had their best spell of the game. A corner from the left was headed clear to the edge of the box as Joe Hepworth chested the ball down and volleyed it into the back of the net 2-2.
Lavant then put together their best move of the game, with some precise passing they work their way through the Tangmere rear guard and Ross Lines was on the end of the move to coolly slot home and put Lavant in front for the first time during the game, 3-2.
Then shortly before half time a hurried back pass saw Turner misjudge the pass and miss-kick the ball, as it then slowly and agonisingly roll just over the line and in, ensure the scores were level at 3-3 going into half time.
Tangmere seemed more determined to want to win this game right from the restart as they stepped up a gear and started to control the game. Their renewed determination soon paid off as their pacy front men worked well together forging a chance on the flank which saw Turner unluckily beaten as the shot was wickedly deflected into the goal, once more giving the visitors the lead, 3-4.
Tangmere confidence was now sky high and they pushed forward at every opportunity in search of another goal, but a succession of chances went amiss as Turner produced a number of acrobatic saves to ensure Lavant were still in with a chance of drawing level.
The final goal, which decided the outcome of the game, went to the visitors. Lavant still busy arguing with the referee over the decision to award a free-kick were caught napping as Tangmere quickly took the kick and with no opposition within sight they took advantage and extended their lead with only minutes remaining, 3-5.
Manager Cliff Massey said disappointingly at the end, “this wasn’t the team we had planned to start with and after losing three players to illness in the morning we went into this game somewhat under strength. However if our passing and overall possession had been better and if we had kept more focused on the match, maintaining our discipline then we could have still got something out of the game”.
Lavant: T. Turner, S.Green, B.Evans, P.Cairns, M.Ayers, S.Watling, S.Massey, D.Maclean, J.Hepworth, R.Pinder, S.Cole. Subs: R.Lines, M.Milburn.
Chichester & West Sussex Sunday League
Aldingbourne 0, Six Villages Utd 2
Lamb Steyne 4, Southbourne 2
Lavant 4, Queens Park South 0
The Railway 0, University of Chichester 6.
Arun & Chichester Youth League
Broadbridge Heath 7, Rustington Otters Yth 2
Lavant 3, Southwater 0
Predators Yth 3, Worthing Town Yth 1
Worthing Minors Ath 4, Worthing Utd Yth
Lavant Youth 3 Southwater 0
Lavant moved up to third in the league with a hard-earned win over mid-table Southwater.
Ryan Parfoot opened the scoring on ten minutes with his first goal of the season, this after being put through by Mwenya Chisanga.
The remainder of the first half was largely uneventful with both teams struggling to play football on a very difficult surface.
In the second period Lavant adjusted to the conditions and their game improved. Chances came and went – Webb fired high and Colwell fired wide when both looked set to score. With the score still at 1-0 Southwater presented a real threat on the counter attack. Gilbert and Cotton combined for a goal line clearance when goalkeeper Hillier was beaten.
Lavant introduced White and Booth into the fray and the move had an immediate effect. Charlie Ransom found himself free and slotted in a second. Lavant relaxed a little and began to play some good football. Joe Booth set up Chris Colwell with a pinpoint pass and the striker fired in to give Lavant a 3-0 win.
Next week Lavant play host to Worthing Town.
Lavant: R Hillier, M.Chisanga, L.Cotton, K. Gilbert, N.House, R.Parfoot, L.Cook-Jones, R.Hanson, C.Ransom, C.Webb, C.Colwell. Subs: J White, C Young, J Booth MOM K. Gilbert
West Sussex LeagueCentenary Cup: Second round:
Hunston CC 1, Lavant 2
Henfield 5, Capel 1
Pulborough 2, Newdigate 1
Stedham Utd 1, Holbrook FC 5.
Faygate Utd 1, Watersfield 0
Petworth 0, Newtown Villa II 0.
Division 3 South:
Angmering II 1, Lavant II 4
Harting 1, The Sportsman 5
Rustington Park Snrs 0, Predators 4
Tangmere 1, The Ship 2.
What a Yellow Weekend
This weekend all four Lavant side recorded victories. 13 goals for and only 2 aganst. You can not beat a win but four wins make this a great weekend.