Lavvy were held to a 1-1 draw away to Verwood Town on Tuesday night. The home side were quickest out of the blocks and demonstrated why they have proved to be a thorn in many teams sides already this season with their hectic start. Tom Roberts had to be alert in the visitor’s goal to keep them at bay with a couple of good blocks.
The visitors didn’t threaten much in the opening half but when they did get into their stride, the home keeper made two great saves. Neither side could find a lead and so went in goalless at HT.
The 2nd half saw Verwood continue to harry their opponents but Lavvy rode out the threat and were never really put under any severe pressure but equally the home side’s backline were proving to be a good match for the inform Lavvy front line.
An attacking change saw the introduction of Jordon Matthews on 59 and straight away proved a handful for the Verwood defence and it was that man who grabbed the opener on 75. Russ Jones was picked out and he played a cross to the back post for Matthews to slide in and slot home.
It looked like that would be enough to seal the big away win for the league leaders but a rare defensive lapse on the night led to Vining jinking his way inside to find Zanin who slotted past Roberts for the equaliser.
Both sides went after the win in the final minutes, Matthews cross-shot hit the post but in the end, both sides earned a point.
Manager McConnell commented afterwards, “It was a tough game tonight. We’ve come off the back of two huge victories and I was under no illusion that Verwood would show that level of intent. We didn’t perform to the level we have done throughout the season but credit to Verwood because they threw everything at us and put us under pressure. I’m disappointed not to have nicked the win but overall on that performance, it’s a point gained”.