Tring Athletic 2 Leverstock Green 1
MARTIN Griggs ensured that Dacorum Bragging rights went to Tring Athletic as the substitute pounced in the fifth minute of stoppage time to snatch victory against Leverstock Green.
With the game finely balanced at 1-1 after Tring sub Vinnie Iannone had cancelled out Louis West’s opener for Levy, Griggs struck the killer blow with just seconds left to play.
It was a bitter disappointment for Levy, after they had been eight minutes away from victory themselves.
However, Tring were rewarded for sustained pressure in the second half, and the victory extends Athletic’s lead over their Dacorum rivals to five points.
The first half was a scrappy affair, with few chances for either side.
With 16 minutes gone, Tring’s Paul Jefferies shot wide, before Rob Duncan and Andy Hughes also squandered good chances.
Levy’s first effort on target was a free kick from Dan Griggs in the 32nd minute which was comfortably saved by Tring keeper Nick Law, while at the other end Carl Tasker did well to tip Matt Jarvis’ close range header over the bar.
Despite the fact that Tring had looked the more threatening, it was Levy who went into half-time with the lead.
A minute before the break, a Griggs corner found Craig Preston, and his header was hooked home by West.
The second half saw Green sitting back on their lead – allowing Tring to come at them while looking for chances on the break.
Both sides made substitutions, with Tring bringing on Iannone and Griggs and Levy introducing Lewis Pritchard and Ben Butler.
Green initially looked to be heading for the win as they restricted Tring to shots from distance, while testing Law with efforts of their own at the other end.
But with less than 10 minutes left, Tring netted a deserved equaliser as a cross from the right found Jefferies in space, and his nod down allowed Iannone to fire home and restore parity.
With the momentum in their favour, Tring looked for a winner, and the killer blow arrived deep into stoppage time.
After a poor clearance from a cross, the ball fell to Griggs and he lashed home from the edge of the area to snatch all three points for his side.