Hunston CC 1 Lavant 2
Lavant built on their first win in seven games with another competent performance under their new system of play and won 2-1 at Hunston in the Centenary Cup.
Their hopes looked to be in jeopardy when Tom Parker was adjudged to have handled in the penalty area and Tim Feniton fired the home side in front from the spot kick with only four minutes on the clock.
Lavant went close to equalising when Hunston keeper Steve Chiddle pulled off a fine save to deny James Brooks to leave the home side 1-0 in front at half-time. Dave Turner nearly doubled Hunston’s lead after the restart but his 50th-minute effort hit the post. But the visitors were resolute in defence and fluid in attack and deserved their equaliser when Darren Cox scored on the hour with a superlative shot after a delightful eight-man move.
Stuart Eastwood replaced the injured Dan Cowell 12 minutes from time and Lavant had to reshuffle their formation. But this did not stop Cox winning the game by converting Stuart Loversidge’s cross two minutes from time.
With five minutes added time to play, Lavant were under seige but held on to deservedly progress to the next round.
HUNSTON: Chiddle, Green, Elliott, Bailey, Steer, Davis, Jenkins, Thompson, Platt, Feniton, Turner. Subs: Meredith, Wills, Smith.
LAVANT: Rochester, Coe, Parker, Wright, Fogden, Knight, Brooks, Stevens, Cowell, Loversidge, Cox. Sub: Eastwood.