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Mixed bag for Division one sides
LAVERSTOCK & Ford, Amesbury Town and Ringwood Town prepared for the start of their FA Vase campaigns with a mixed set of results.
In the First Qualifying Round this Saturday, ’Stock and the Brewers face Western League opposition, hosting Cheddar and travelling to Winterbourne United respectively, while the Blues have a tough trip to Wessex Premier outfit Fawley.
Laverstock picked up their first point of the season at Team Solent but it was nearly all three. Louis Le Mesurier put the Students ahead on 20 minutes only for Dan Newman to equalise ten minutes later.
Solent’s Mike Wheeler was dismissed on the hour mark before Eddie Perrett gave 'Stock the lead with 12 minutes left.
Substitute Craig Thomas salvaged a point for the hosts with his first touch though, with just a minute to play.
Laverstock have signed goalkeeper Nick Safe from Amesbury and Joe Spratt from Bemerton Heath Harlequins.
Dean Bevis scored for their reserves in a 1-1 home draw with Christchurch.
The Blues suffered their first defeat, going down 2-0 at Stockbridge. Dean Higgins did the damage with two second-half penalties. Joey McEntee was in goal having returned to the club, and Ciaran Fountain made his Amesbury debut off the bench.
Ringwood Town were also handed their first setback, a humbling 7-1 reverse at home to newcomers Andover Town.
Tom Riddell scored a hat-trick for the visitors, while Gunner Yates, Claudio Herbert, Tom Richards and captain Lewis Benson also found the target.
Tony Bellott managed a late consolation.
Liam Taylor, Oliver Wells, Lee Phibbs and James Barwood scored for the reserves in a 4-0 home win over Romsey Town last Tuesday.
In the Wiltshire League, Archie Wilkinson hit four goals for Shrewton United in a superb 6-3 win at previously unbeaten Supermarine Sports Club.
James Dolman and Craig Lewis also netted, taking their tally to 20 goals in five games.
It was their fourth straight win, starting with a 5-0 success at Ludgershall Sports when Dean Foot scored twice and Dominic Jackson, Lewis and Jesse Walters were also on target.
Then they won 4-1 at Purton reserves, with goals from Ross Bentall, Dolman, Jackson and Walters before a 3-1 victory at Devizes Town reserves, when Bentall, Foot and Wilkinson were on the scoresheet.