Colney Heath fightback sinks Levy Green

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Leverstock Green 1 Colney Heath 2

LEVERSTOCK Green suffered their first defeat in three matches as Colney Heath fought back from a goal down to claim the win at Pancake Lane.

12-284  Leverstock Green versus Colney Heath-in black and white.'Louis Austin with ball.  He scored Green's first goal.

12-284 Leverstock Green versus Colney Heath-in black and white.'Louis Austin with ball. He scored Green's first goal.

Louis Austin had given Green the lead early in the second half, but two Colney goals in the space of nine minutes were enough for the visitors to take all three points.

“I think we definitely should have taken something from the game,” said Levy boss Steve Heath. “We worked really hard to get 1-0 up against a very strong team but we gifted them a couple of sloppy goals.

“We paid the price for a poor 10 or 15 minutes.”

The first half was a scrappy affair with few clear cut chances at either end.

Colney’s Aaron Clarke fired over the bar after 18 minutes, while Austin saw his effort blocked at the other end.

Four minutes before half-time, Austin fed Ben Butler, but he could not make a proper connection with the ball and the sides went in goalless at the break.

The second half saw former Premier League striker Kevin Gallen on in place of Lewis Pritchard for Levy, and the hosts took the lead five minutes after the interval.

Adam Hallissey fed Mark Shadbolt on the overlap, and his cross was met by Austin who slid in to net his first goal since returning from injury.

The Green joy was short-lived, though, as Colney hit back less than two minutes later.

Levy keeper Carl Tasker flapped at a corner, and the ball dropped for Steve Barker to lash home and restore parity.

Austin had a chance to head Levy back in front, but it was the visitors who struck next to take the lead.

A free-kick from the left touchline found an unmarked Jack Coombs, and he headed home to put his side 2-1 up.

Green looked for an equaliser and felt they should have had a penalty, but Colney held on for the win.