The experience of the Lautoka players proved too strong for the young Savusavu side as the sugar city boys walked away with a 2-0 win during the Fiji Sun/GP Batteries National Football League at Lawaqa yesterday.
Savusavu, under the leadership of veteran Wasake Rasoki, managed a few attempts at goal and their tight defence kept the Lautoka strikers at bay.
But the Sigatoka heat took its toll on the northerners as their passes often missed the target which were usually intercepted by the opposition.
Valerio Nawatu's right cross was well read by his teammate Dave Radrigai who fired a low volley past the Savusavu goalkeeper to give Lautoka a 1-0 lead.
Nawatu scored the second goal after dribbling past two defenders.
Lautoka coach John Williams was satisfied with the win.
"After losing 6-0 to Ba last week, the coaching panel are relieved by today's (yesterday) victory," said Williams.
The former national striker who represented the country from 1975 to 1981 said they copped a lot of criticism last week from Lautoka fans.
"But I believe it was a blessing in disguise for last week's loss and it's good we started from the bottom and worked our way up."
Today, Lautoka takes on Savusavu at Churchill Park.
Full Time: Lautoka 2 Savusavu 0
Lautoka Goals: Dave Radrigai (41'), Valerio Nawatu (67')
Lautoka Caution: Jone Kaloutani (42'), Leisari Qalica (75')