LAVERSTOCK and Ford's recent impressive unbeaten run came to a sudden halt at neighbours Ringwood Town on Saturday when they were beaten by the only goal of an incredibly dour game.

In a week where it was confirmed that Laverstock would be pitting their wits against the might of Salisbury in the Wiltshire Cup semi final, Lavvy just could not conjour up their normal high tempo approach to a game and instead were ground down by a resilient and stubborn Ringwood.

The only goal of the game came on 26 minutes. Ringwood got behind Laverstock's defence far too easily and a low cross was turned in by on loan striker Matt Wootten.

Laverstock's only effort of the first half came from Archie Lovegrove's shot which was easily saved.

After the break, Lavvy showed more desire but were kept at bay by the home side.

Russell Jones and Chae Sykes almost capitalised on a rare goalkeeper error but Cameron Plain in the home goal managed to save his blushes.

In the end Lavvy ran out of steam and all three points went to Ringwood.

A disappointed manager Liam McConnell said: "It's not often I am left disappointed by this group, it's the first 90 minutes where we just lacked ideas or an energy to get back into a game.

"We've come back many times this season or I have seen grit and character on show to at least show passion but today we were flat from the first whistle. I think the Christmas break has affected us so it's down to us to put that right. The lads are obviously disappointed but they have learnt so many lessons this season and have responded brilliantly. We had a good unbeaten run but now it's important we bounce back and build one again."

In light of the recent semi final draw McConnell said "Obviously we are all delighted. to go head to head with Salisbury, three leagues above us is fantastic for these lads.

"What an opportunity to have. It will be quite a week for us. We play Bemerton in the Hospital Cup Semi Final first, and a week later (February 13) head to Melksham for the Wilts Cup semi final. Two incredibly tough fixtures but both bring excitement to the club and deservedly so."