Match Report -

Match Report - , by Roger Allen

Downton v Laverstock & Ford 23/02/19

Downton 0 Laverstock & Ford 0

This was a typical local derby with no quarter asked or given. Throughout defences were on top and that, added to poor finishing, resulted in the final score line.

The first chance fell to the home side on 10 minutes when a corner by Diego Romero resulted in a scramble in the Laverstock goalmouth from which Ben Smith prodded just wide. Laverstock had plenty of the ball but the balance of the chances fell to Downton.

On 23 minutes Downton had the ball in the net from a free kick but the referee had told the players not to take it until he blew for it to be taken and he was still measuring out the position of the wall. From the resulting retake Dan Telfer hit the bar – the ball bouncing back into play.

The best Laverstock chance of the half fell to Graham Mankin but his low shot was parried away by Tom Edmonds at the expense of a corner.

T.J. Moseley has been Downton’s go-to man for goals recently and on 37 minutes he cut in from the left and tried to angle a shot just inside the far post but he was thwarted by a finger tip save from Alex Aguer. H.T. 0-0

Laverstock started the brighter in the second half and within 2 minutes Mankin had blazed over the bar from just outside the penalty area. The next chance also fell to the away side as a shot-come-cross by Adam Bourner tested Edmonds at the top corner of his goal.

The standard of defending was good and chances were few and far between but when they came the standard of finishing left much to be desired. Declan McGregor shot wide when well placed after 65 minutes and close to the end he was guilty of an even worse miss. Moseley had a shot saved by Aguer but the ball fell kindly for McGregor who, with only a single defender to beat on the line screwed the ball wide.

There was just enough time for the referee to award a second yellow card to Peter Fletcher of Laverstock for a tired trip on a Downton forward.

All in all a disappointing game though the result of a draw was just about right. F.T. 0-0 (Roger Allen)