Lavant reserves carved out a well deserved draw in their opening league game of the season.

Both teams started lively and much of the first half was fast and furious and a well contested affair with opportunities falling to each team to take the lead.  Christen Swain in his first fall league game for Lavant came the closest to breaking the deadlock with his shot from the edge of box, scraping the Tangmere bar.

The home side also had chances, but Lavant goalie Chris Bowles ensured their efforts came to nothing.

The second half saw much of the same, with both teams pushing for the opener and Tangmere capitalized when Lavant lost possession on the edge of the home teams box.  The long clearance allowed the Tangmere striker to beat the offside trap and go clear through, round the stranded keeper and tap the ball home, 1-0.

Lavant now had to chase the game and shortly afterwards Adam Yaxley should have levelled the score but failed to connect properly to a delightful pass across the front of goal from Swain, putting his close range effort wide of the post.

With 7 minutes remaining Alan Sheppard met Dave Kent’s cross field ball, skipped past his marker and crossed the ball across the face of the goal, which was met by the unmarked Kent who made no mistake and levelled the score at, 1-1.

Both teams saw out the remaining minutes to share the points.

Team: Bowles, Price, Blackman, Weller, S.Yaxley, A.Strange, Martin, Swain, Sheppard, A.Yaxley, Withall. Subs: D.Kent, M.Kent.