Laverstock continued their unbeaten start to the season with their 2nd win in a week with a hard-fought contest against Romsey Town.
With both sides having differing fortunes in midweek it was the visitors who started the brightest. Clearly coming to The Dell with the instruction to ‘have a good go’ Aguer in the home goal had to be alert on a couple of occasions to make two good saves to ride the early storm from Romsey.
Lavvy soon got into their stride and Chae Sykes saw his effort cleared by a recovering defender before Russ Jones took one too many touches before a block was made. However on the 32 minute, it was Jones’ trickery that led to the opener, he was upended in the box and Jake Rawkins held his nerve to slot home from the spot.
The scoreline remained that way until HT.
Lavvy came out with more intent after the break, a couple of early threats demonstrated their intentions but on 53, a break by Romsey got themselves level and perhaps deservedly so based on their 1st half efforts. A slick move led to a 1st-time finish by the Romsey forward.
With the away fans in fine voice, the goal seemed to ignite the home side who used the goal as a catalyst for what was to come. Within 12 blistering minutes, Lavvy found themselves 4-1 up. First Chae Sykes ran clear to tuck home on 60mins and five minutes later the big man chased down a lost cause, the ball was laid back to Rawkins who’s cross was superbly met by Jones at the back post. on 72, Sykes again found himself clear and he smashed home his 2nd to all but end Romsey’s valiant efforts.
There was still time for a sting in the tail, a goalmouth scramble led to a halt in play, after a lengthy discussion Lovegrove was shown a red for an apparent handball on the line. The resulting penalty was dispatched.
Lavvy ran out the game with intelligence and Romsey’s frustrations came to a head when they too had a red card shown to their full back for retaliation late on.
Another win for Lavvy ensured they kept their unbeaten run going for another game.