Sorry to hear about the defeat to Barnham. Let me guess, the deciding penalty was beacuse Tonka was slow off the mark and put in a late tackle on a much more junior and more spritely center forward?
Keep at it, the results will come.
So, I successfully cycled all the way from Chichester to Istanbul. It was just over 3000 miles with a lot of hills along the way. I have now flown to Southern India and have already cycled 4 days here. I am spreading the word about Lavant but nobody seems to understand, I will keep trying. One Indian kid had heard of Ross Lines, he said he is his favourite player. My favourite is still Dave Kenard. He is so big and strong.
The Railway 4, Six Villages Utd 2
Wheatsheaf II 1, University of Chichester 1.
Lavant 6, Rustington Otters 0
Predators Yth 1, Worthing Minors Ath 1
Worthing Town Yth 1, Southwater FC 5 .
Lavant Youth 6 Rustington Otters 0
This week Lavant hosted mid table Rustington Otters in a game they needed to win in order to really kick start their title ambitions, now they were unfortunately out of all this seasons cup competitions.
Karl Gaffney and Rick McKenna taking advantage of their strong squad were able to change the line-up this week giving a start to Jack Brockhurst, Jamie Hillier, Callum Young and Mwenya Chisanga.
Whilst resting Nico House and Lewis Finch on the bench. The one enforced change however was with the absence of their first choice keep, midfielder Reece Hanson had to don the gloves and go in goal.
Lavant kicked off the game showing no signs of any hang-over from the bitter disappointment of last weeks defeat as they immediately went about their business in a very workman like manner, totally taking command and dominating the first half.
Four goals from Chris Colwell, one from Chris Webb and one from Mwenya Chisanga ensured Lavant went into the half time interval with a commanding lead, one that the Otters would find very hard to recover from.
The second half was in fact a much more even affair as to their credit Rustington continued to battle on in search of a goal and Lavant never really got their act together following break.
The disciplined flowing football from the homeside had gone as everyone seemed hell-bent on scoring more goals and so the shape of the team suffered as players pushed forward. Lavant still forged out numerous changes to increase their lead further but somehow the illusive seventh goal never game.
They also left themselves very vulnerable at times at the back, with only Luke Cotton and Keiron Gilbert holding the fort. However when he was asked to make a save, Hanson was up to anything the visitors had to throw at the Lavant goal.
With fifteen minutes remaining Colwell swopped shirts with Hanson and both players made major contributions to the remainder of the game. Hanson back in the middle of the park helped organise the Lavant attack once more and during the latter stages of the game the real Lavant team once more emerged on the pitch.
Colwell also played his part pulling off perhaps the save of the game to ensure the homeside in the end still kept a clean sheet, as they ran out clear winners at the final whistle.
Lavant: R.Hanson, J.Brockhust, K.Gilbert, L.Cotton, J.White, R. Parfoot, L. Cook-Jones, C.Young, M.Chisanga, C. Webb, C. Colwell. Subs: L.Finch, N.House.
Faygate Utd 4, Capel 3
Lavant 3, Newtown Villa Reserves 3
Watersfield 1, Stedham Utd 2
Division 3 South:
Rustington Park Seniors 3, Harting 2
The Ship 1, Lavant Reserves 4
The Sportsman 1, Angmering Reserves 4