ANDOVER Town made it two wins on the trot with a hard fought victory over visiting Laverstock and Ford last Saturday.

However, the game was marred as five players were sent-off in an incident in the final minute.

As the visitors pushed for an equaliser from a corner pushing turned into punches and the referee showed no less than five red cards once the dust had settled

Three went to Laverstock's Pete Fletcher, Chae Sykes and goalkeeper Tom Roberts were all dismissed.

For the home side Gary Thorne and goalkeeper Dave Tasker also saw red, while Kieran Diaz-Benitez picked up a facial injury and took no further part in the game.

As they had no substitutes Andover like Laverstock played out the final minutes of the game with eight men.

Up until that incident the game had been played in good spirits and Town were forced to make two changes to the side which won at high flying Hythe and Dibden with Pride Kayima ruled out due to injury, replaced by Ben Emans while Connor Cullingford returned to the starting line up in place of Ethan O’Kelly.

In a game of few opportunities, Andover carved out several half chances before Zac Hine tested the goalkeeper from range with a free-kick.

Then a shot from Owen Trapnell came back off the the bar.

After 30 minutes, Andover got the goal they deserved, as Josh Bertie racing on to a ball over the top and managed to beat goalkeeper Roberts and slot home.

After the break, great work by Harrison Hale on the right presented Emans with a glorious chance only for the ball to narrowly go wide of the post.

Laverstock pressed for an equaliser, but man of the match, Adam Pattison, helped repel the away teams advances.

Then came the incident which saw five sent-off one being the home goalie and in the added on time Andover's stand in goalkeeper Owen Trapnell tipped Seb Dawes' shot onto the crossbar.

On Tuesday night, Andover were in Russell Cotes Cup action and were unable in stopping Petersfield chalking up their ninth win on the trot as they beat visiting Town 3-2

This game was not without a fright as the visitors scored twice after the break having trailed at the interval 3-0.

This Saturday, Andover return to Wessex League Division One action with a short trip across north Hampshire to Longmeadow to take on Whitchurch.