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Ben Thomas in mid air battle with B52 defender

Ben Thomas celebrated his return from suspension by scoring 4 goals as Lavant advanced to round 2 of the Junior Cup. Injured midfielder, Joe Hepworth whom Thomas had replaced commented ” It was a solid performance from the lads and Ben dominated the midfield“.

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Oli Haggar Skipping a B52 tackle

It all began when Thomas fastened onto a deep Oli Haggar cross and gave B52’s keeper, Sam Smith no chance on 16 minutess. Thomas headed home a Christian Swain corner 9 mins later to give the Chichester side a 2-0 lead at half-time.

Swain who had sparkled in midfield had to move to left wing-back to replace the injured Matt Price, but Robbie Pinder deputised for him well in midfield.

 

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Christian Swain battling for the ball

Consequently, Lavant went further ahead when Stuart Loversidge thumped home a pin-point Pinder pass on 50 minutes.

Matt Hassel pulled one back for the Horsham side 11 mins later.

When the visitors’ centre back, Mike Smith handled in the box, regular Lavant penalty-taker, Tom Parker stood down to allow Thomas to get his hat-trick from the spot on 69 minutes.

Thomas 4th goal was a culmination of a delightful seven man move ending with Parker teeing Thomas up for his strike.

 

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Tom Parker’s crunching tackle

Lavant were then in charge and playing some flowing football.

Loversidge took advantage of this to complete his own hat-trick with two late goals on 87 and 88 mins.

Match official, John Hall commented: ” There was no shame in defeat for B52s for they competed fully but were faced with 4 beautifully worked quality goals” Lavant are at home to Worthing next week in the league.

Team: M.Pullen, M.Court, L.Hayward, S.Blackman, O.Haggar, M.Ayers, C.Swain, B.Thomas, M.Price, T.Parker, S.Loversidge.  Subs: R.Pinder, M.Hine.