HONOURS were even as the derby clash between Downton and Laverstock and Ford ended 0-0.

Home side Downton dominated for periods of the first half with early chances falling to TJ Moseley and Diego Romero.

The best chance of the half fell to player/manager Ben Smith, but he could not quite connect with a volley from a Dan Telfer's corner and it hit the post.

On 35 minutes a Telfer free-kick crashed off the crossbar.

The best Laverstock chance of the half fell to Graham Mankin but his low shot was parried away.

Moseley was then denied by a fingertip save from Alex Aguer.

After the break, Smith's connection on a sweetly delivered corner was just was not up to his usual standard and shots from Declan McGregor went adrift, while inform Moseley had several late on chances but the Laverstock stopper stopped them.

The best chance of the game fell to Downton's Declan McGregor but somehow he managed to miss an open goal.

Russ Jones and Mankin both had chances for Lavvy, but perhaps more composure would have given a better result.

with eight minutes left ex Robin Peter Fletcher picked up a second yellow card for a challenge on Romero.

So the visitors had to see out the game with 10 men.

In the dying minutes Downton's Louis Randall blazed over from close range with what was to be the last kick of the game.

Downton boss Smith said: "For me personally I am disappointed with a point, I could and should have scored twice today with some simple chances so there is no way I can point the finger at anyone else.

"We created so many chances all afternoon and at times we played some excellent football, All credit to Laverstock who came here and held on for the draw with 10 men."

Laverstock manager Liam McConnell said: "I think both sides can look back and claim with more quality in front of goal we could have broken the deadlock.

"We came here against a team full of confidence with a striker scoring plenty of goals.

"We had a game plan to stop him from playing and Joe Rawkins and Jim Ward carried it out superbly.

"Our discipline on a hard pitch to play any football on, against a local rival was excellent, we lacked quality of our own in the final third today but to keep a clean sheet is a positive so we will build on that and look to pick up points this week."

This Saturday Downton are at home to Fawley and Laverstock entertain Totton and Eling.