Laverstock and Ford v Salisbury

7.45pm  24 November 2015

Salisbury Hospital Cup, Quarter-Final
Laverstock and Ford 2 Salisbury 1 (att 220)

The Salisbury Hospital Cup doesn't have a high profile, even in Salisbury, but the visit of the phoenix club formed from the ashes of Salisbury City meant this was a big occasion for Laverstock and Ford.

The vast majority of the 200 plus crowd were supporting the visitors, managed by Steve Claridge and riding high at the summit of the Wessex League Premier Division, a division higher than the hosts.

Salisbury rested a few regulars for this tie, but with no reserve side it was still a strong side that should have had not trouble progressing to the last four. But Laverstock and Ford proved to be no pushovers.

The visitors started brightly and it looked to be just a matter of time before they scored, but instead it was the home side who took a surprise lead, and they held it to the break.

The second half was great entertainment, as Salisbury upped their game in search of an equaliser, while always looking vulnerable to Laverstock and Ford's swift counter-attacking.

Eventually, inevitably, Salisbury made it 1-1, but then with 10 minutes left, and just as I was contemplating 30 minutes extra time (and a late and long drive home), Salisbury conceded a calamitous own goal to gift the tie to the hosts.

Ford and Laverstock are neighbouring villages on the eastern edge of Salisbury. The football club is based in Laverstock, and has a nice social club next to a pitch that's fully railed-off, with a pair of small seated stands, and a covered standing area, clustered in the corner near the entrance.

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