Ashington Rovers 3 Lavant 3
Tom Parker’s 90th minute goal salvaged a valuable point for Lavant on their visit to Ashington. For the first half, Lavant could just as well still have been in the dressing room.
When ‘keeper Bowles brought down Ashington’s James Kenward after 7 minutes and Danny Yeomans converted the spot kick, it was just the natural consequence of a Lavant defence that had more holes than a Yarlsberg cheese.
But the visitors struck back 4 minutes later, when striker Ryan Seacombe fastened onto a precision through ball and put Lavant level. Lavant could have then gone ahead when Seacombe put Price through but Walton saved well.
Eight minutes from half-time, Kenward’s cross was met by Yeomans head to regain Ashington the lead.
At half-time a managerial roasting and a change of tactics saw a rejuvenated Lavant. But, despite going close twice themselves, they conceded a third goal from an individual error as Halfday headed the homeside into a 2 goal lead on 70 minutes.
Six minutes later, midfielder, Justin Walsh released a 40 yard effort that Walton spilled and Ross Lines was on hand to put Lavant back in the game at 3-2.
The visitors completed their fight back when Parker headed home Mike Neville’s corner in the dying seconds.
Team: C.Bowles, D.Hall, S.Gooding, T.Parker, C.Coe, M.Price, D.Kennard, J.Walsh, M.Neville, R.Seacombe, R.Lines. Sub: R.Pinder, A.Clarke.
Fishbourne Reserves 4 Lavant Reserves 0
For the second match in a row Lavant made a sluggish start and right from kick-off sat back and invited Fishbourne to attack and they accepted the invitation playing some good attacking football with good movement off the ball and accurate passing.
The homeside’s almost open the scoring in the first few minutes, but for a great one handed save by recalled keeper Martin Pullen, as he somehow managed pushed the ball round the post and wide of goal. It wasn’t however very long before Fishbourne’s constant pressure told as they took a deserved lead with ten minutes gone, 1-0.
Throughout the rest of the first half Fishbourne looked the better team with their young side attacking at every opportunity, constantly putting the visitors defence under pressure. But with Pullen in impressive form the homeside were unable to capitalize further on their early goal, going into the break.
At the start of the second half Lavant seemed to have more purpose in their game as their passing improved, but on 55 minutes as centre back Martin Ayres limped off injured Fishbourne capitalized, putting together a good move from midfield of the park and scoring their second of the match, which proved a decisive goal as the Lavant players heads dropping is despair, 2-0.
Lavant were then forced to make changes and on a brighter note on a disappointing day for Lavant, Jason Houghton making only his second appearance this season after being laid off with a long term injury was introduced into the game.
Houghton’s had an immediate impact on the match revitalised Lavant once more as they enjoyed probably their best spell of the game, forcing the Fishbourne keeper to make a number of saves. But the young Fishbourne side still full of energy were quick on the counterattack and twice more made Lavant pay for their poor defending, as they in the end eventually ran out worthy winners resoundingly beating the visitors 4-0 at the final whistle.
Lavant’s man of the match Martin Pullen summed up the teams performance ” a slow start and poor passing meant we were always going to be second best and with Fishbourne competed right up to the final whistle it was they not us that showed a real desire to win this encounter.”
Team: M.Pullen, M.Richardson, M.Ayers, S,Yaxley, N.Watts, D.Maclean, S.Massey, G.Pinder, C.Withall, D.Mortimer. Subs: A.Yaxley, M.Millburn.