LAVERSTOCK and Ford shared the spoils for the second week running in their new campaign as they drew at New Milton 1-1, but it was a day of frustration for the Wiltshire side

They will hope it is third time lucky as they take on Pewsey Vale this evening (August 13).

Due to some key absentees, Lavvy were forced to flex their squad for their first away game.

It was the visitors who started the brightest, Lewis Wykes who was making his first start of the season was proving to be a real handful for New Milton.

However it was the home side that took the lead in swift fashion. A Lavvy attack was thwarted in their box and a quick attack led to New Milton going up the other end to pounce, twice it looked as though the flag should be raised for offside, but both times play was continued and in the end the back post cross was tucked away by Sam White.

Laverstock soon shook that off and on 30 minutes Archie Lovegrove rose highest to head home Ollie Roe's corner. from that moment Lavvy took charge.

Despite losing Lovegrove sooner after his goal to an injury the visitors had golden chances to take the lead.

Russ Jones was denied first by a well timed tackles and then when played through by Bourner with only the goalkeeper to beat his chipped effort was caught by the wryly New Milton goalkeeper.

The second half saw Laverstock continue to harry and press for the lead but New Milton stood firm, despite much possession and multiple half chances the best falling to Jones who bent an effort over and another just wide as well as Tommy Campbell Smith going over; the goal just didn't seem to come and in the end the spoils we shared.

Manager, Liam McConnell said afterwards: "Last week felt like a blow losing a half time lead but today was perhaps a worse feeling. Credit to New Milton for their goal and despite the look of offside, they took their chance.

"We responded as I expected and had the chances to go clear. We have created a couple of golden chances, in this league you have to have conviction, there is no excuse for anything else.

"The lads feel deflated because we have dropped two points today. We have set high standards and we expect to see them followed through, we were comfortable, played some excellent football but lacked a cutting edge in the second half."

He added: "We missed Chae's presence, Seb (Dawes) injured before the game was a blow whilst Lewis (Wakeford) who came on for Archie, pulled his hamstring early so our attacking threat took a battering today but none the less, we should have been clear and good enough to win the game. However, Tuesday can't come quick enough for the lads, let's see if they can get a win and go from there."