LAVERSTOCK and Ford came from 2-0 down at half-time to win at New Milton 3-2 in the Wessex League Division One.

The home side got off to the perfect start, reacting quickest to an opening minute corner to score.

Things went from bad to worse inside three minutes for the visitors, assistant manager Graham Mankin had to depart the field to injury.

On 17 minutes, the home side doubled their lead, despite hotly contested offside calls from the visitors, the goal stood and despite the home side's pressure the scores remained that way at the break.

Lavvy came out with a fresh impetus and took the game to their opponents. Russ Jones and Chae Sykes both going close.

On 58 minutes, Sykes finally opened his account with a well taken goal which clearly struck fear into New Milton.

The game was predominantly being played in the home half and when Sykes was tripped in the box on 72 minutes, captain Adam Bourner coolly slotted home to make it 2-2 and the ascendancy now firmly with the visitors.

Jones almost grabbed his side's third, his mazy run led to an effort denied by the crossbar.

However the goal finally came. Sykes was involved again, fouled 20 yards out, this allowed Archie Lovegrove to fire home a stunning free-kick to complete the impressive comeback and deliver all three points to his side.

Following the win Manager Liam McConnell said: "It was a complete role reversal of last week. The lads had trained very well this week and were desperate to make amends for that second half performance last week so to see us under perform today for 45 minutes was very surprising.

"Credit to New Milton, they are a handy side but at half time I tweaked the formation and made a change which paid dividends.

He added: "We had a lot of lads who were out on their feet in that second half but the lads in the second half gave everything you could see how determined they were to get back to winning ways.

"Credit to Chae Sykes, he has been so unfortunate not to have scored until now, his work rate deserves more goals but he will be buzzing from that performance he was unplayable."