LAVERSTOCK and Ford had to fight to come from behind twice to salvage a point in a pulsating encounter against an impressive Stoneham side.

The Hampshire side started the game strongly and their early season form was evident. Sergio Caballero was on hand to smash home the opener for the visitors on 18 minutes.

But within minutes Laverstock were level, Tom Mundy bursting through and despite the keeper’s best efforts Mundy’s shot found the net.

However it wasn’t long before the visitors regained control, this time Will Harris slotted his effort home.

There was good reason for Laverstock not to find themselves level before the break, a clear punch of the ball by Stoneham’s full back was waved away by the official.

The second half saw Lavvy start in a more positive fashion. Olly Hoare saw his effort cleared off the line before Graham Mankin sent the rebounding shot wide.

Despite their best efforts the home side were constantly being frustrated and Hogan nearly nicked it for the visitors.

With the game moving into injury time, another substitute grabbed the headlines, Olly Hoare’s knockdown was cleverly turned over the line by Chae Sykes to score his first of the season since his dual signing from Salisbury FC.

Co-managers Liam McConnell and Rob Lakeman were quick to praise the youngster but also to express disappointment at the overall performance and told JournalSport: “Chae has had to be patient this season he started off injured and so hasn’t felt anywhere near his best but we have nurtured him along and it is a real confidence boost for the lad.

"However as a performance the boys know that wasn’t anywhere near our best.

"Stoneham are a dangerous side and will certainly be in contention this season, in games like that we need to stamp our authority and stay composed."