Laverstock discard opening defeats

First published in Headlines Salisbury Journal: Photograph of the Author by , Head of Sport

TWO below-par results were erased from Laverstock and Ford’s memories after producing a match-winning display over title hopefuls Hythe and Dibden.

Despite going behind inside 30 minutes, Tom Mundy got Lavvy back on level terms before Rob Gallagher and Russ Jones found the net in the second half of the 3-1 victory.

But Lavvy’s first win came at the expense of losing Kieran Mulchay to a dislocated shoulder following a late challenge from a Hythe man.

Coach Robbie Lakeman hailed his team’s grit.

“This result shows what we are capable of as a team,” he said. “Inconsistency is our biggest fault, but on our day we can compete and beat the best sides in this division.

“Hythe are quite rightly one of the favourites to win the league but if we can become more consistent there is no reason why we shouldn't be challenging at the end of the season.”

Lakeman, who recently completed the signing of Kane O’Keefe, added: “Kane has come in and immediately lifted the whole side. He is top class and will improve us.”

Laverstock go to Ringwood on Saturday (3pm).

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