On behalf of Lavant Football Club we would like to wish all the officials, players, sponsors, supporters and villagers of Lavant a great Christmas and a very prosperous New Year.
We would like to take this opportunity to also say a big Thank You to our sponsors who again this season have kindly backed the village football club.
They include the Giles and Ruth landlords of The Earl of March, Alan & Sue Smith, John & Jan Squires, Richard & Sheila Sims, The Lavant Fete Committee and Lavant Parish Council.
Their continued support has ensured that the village can field a number of football teams playing in local leagues each week.
We have now finished for the Chirstmas break and as a result of where Christmas and New Years Day falls this year there are no more fixtures now until 2012.
The Saturday league kicks off again on the 7th January (fixtures still to be announced) and then starts a very inportant run-in to the end of the season.
Starts back on the 4th January at Chichester College on the All Weather Pitch.
Dave Parker has already warned the first team squad not to rest on their laurels over Christmas, putting on the pounds and then expecting to return in the New Year fit for action. Enjoy the break but Keep Yourself Fit.
As a precaution Dave weighed each player before the Southwater game on Saturday and has slapped a £2 per pound increase fine for them when they return on the 4th Janaury.
Seriously though this season so far has be fantastic bearing in mind where we were at the start of the campaign. One person who is so made up by all the efforts of the players is Dave Parker. Significantly in January he is about to start his final year at Lavant as the village Rector retiring in September 2012.
We do hope he is not retiring as our manager though and it would be fitting tribute if the club could carry the great 1st team results of the past four months and battle every game for the rest of the season to ensure we win the league title.
To achieve this we have to be raring to go from the 4th January.
On another note we should also mention the valiant efforts to date of the Reserve Team and in particular managers Cliff and Mel. At the end of last season we wrote to the league expressing not to get promoted to Division Two South after finishing 3rd in Division Three. We had a good season but felt we were a team in transition and not quite ready for Div 2. The league ignorred our request and as we have thought this season has been a real battle.
Of the fifteen games the Reserves have played this season to date in league and cup fixtures they have only managed to win one game and draw another. Of the other thirteen thirteen games they have lost nine by just one goal.
That is the really frustrating thing for Cliff and Mel and the players.
Credit to them all as they have and will continue to battle on until the final league game and it is a real test of spirit and determination that shows when results are not going the teams way, that everyone is battling on.
In Janaury they have 6 games remaining and will be determined to end their unlucky run.
Also the Reserves have 100% supported the first team as usual and ensured Dave Parker has first call on any players at the club. This has ensured the first team squad has remained strong.
Lavant FC Night Out – Karaoke and a few beers around Chi
Dont forget to put in the diary ‘Beer with the lads’ on Saturday the 7th Janaury starting at the East Gate Pub. Please contact either James Brooks , Jon Wright, Mel or Matt Steven’s just to let them know your available. Thanks.
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