Despite some good early pressure from the away side, Lavant went ahead on 10 minutes with their first shot of the game, the striker being afforded too much room and making no mistake, floating the ball into the corner and past Ash Rochester.
Wittering did not panic and continued to apply the pressure, passing the ball around and forcing Lavant to chase. Wittering were almost level within minutes, Joe Jefkins
hitting the bar from close range.
Wittering were rewarded for their dominance on the half hour mark after a floated cross from Tom Kelly
was met by the head of Hugh Howden who managed to steer his header past the Lavant Goalkeeper.
Just a couple of minutes later Wittering found themselves in front through the hardworking Darran Cox
. Tom Jefkins
sent Alan Sheppard clear, Sheppard found Cox with a great cross, his header was well saved but Cox was alert enough to follow up and steered home the rebound.
HT – Lavant Res 1 – 2 Wittering Utd
The second half continued in the same fashion as the first, with Wittering taking the game to the opposition, Sheppard causing no end of problems to the Lavant defence with his pace and direct running.
2-1 soon became 3-1, Howden holding the ball up well for substitute Simon Oakes to sidefoot the ball to the keeper’s right for his first goal since returning from injury.
With 15 minutes to go the Warriors stretched their lead further, some slack defending allowing Kelly to rifle the ball home.
By now the home side were seeing less and less of the ball and it was only a matter of time before they conceded a fifth. Nathan O’Brennan whipped the ball in from the left touchline for Howden to chest the ball into the path of the onrushing Tom Jefkins
. Jefkins finished well to cap a fine individual display as well as a much improved team performance.
FT Lavant Res 1 – 5 Wittering Utd
MOM – Barry McCoy
– A captain’s display. Filling in at CB due to injuries, Baz gave a solid, commanding performance.