LAVERSTOCK and Ford went out of the FA Vase at the first attempt, courtesy of a last minute winner from their league rivals Fawley.

Going into the game in confident mood following a 3-0 win over the same opposition last week, Laverstock got off to the best of starts with Archie Lovegrove nodding in the opener on 20 minutes.

Lavvy were missing a number of regulars but still looked in control, making their opponents chase the game at every opportunity.

However, on 33 minutes Fawley were leve. George Baxter was cruelly judged to have fouled the onrushing forward when making a routine save and the resulting penalty, which was coolly dispatched.

With Laverstock keen to put the game to bed, they went in search of their second, but their afternoon was a frustrating one. First, Horton’s header came back off the bar, then Clifton’s shot was smartly saved and, in form, Gallagher put his effort over from 6yds.

The continued run of missed chances proved costly, and when another Lavvy attack was foiled Fawley somehow managed to breakaway and nick the winner on 94 minutes.

After the game, co-Managers Liam McConnell and Rob Lakeman said: “The boys are left bewildered after that. We should never have lost that game, we were never in danger.

“Yet we missed a host of chances, and if you do that you are leaving yourself exposed to getting punished and it’s exactly what happened.

“We’ve seen us a lot more clinical than that so we only have ourselves to blame.

“This was a good chance to enjoy a cup run but it’s done now.”

Laverstock’s next fixture is away in the league to Hythe and Dibden on Saturday, September 16. Lavvy are currently third in the league having played six, won five and only lost one game and this game is followed by a home game against Shaftesbury on Tuesday, September 19 in the Salisbury Hospital Cup.