Green go down again, but there’s cause for comfort in 4-1 defeat

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A fourth straight league defeat for Leverstock Green saw high-flying AFC Dunstable justify their position as pre-match favourites, but a vastly improved performance meant that for much of the game it looked like Dan Manzi’s side could take home a point.

There were plenty of chances at both ends before the home side took the lead in the 19th minute, Kyle Lincoln blasting home a far post cross past Green keeper Nigel Wharton, making his debut for the club.

Green were back on terms within two minutes, Stewart King making a darting run into the box and squaring to Adiel Mannion, who coolly finished from six yards.

The visitors then created a string of chances to take the lead, with Connor Deadman and Ben Edwards both trying to bundle home a loose ball only to see it blocked on the line.

King put one shot over the bar on 34 minutes, and soon after he was clean through and took the ball round the keeper, but delayed his finish too long .

Wharton produced a couple of sharp saves just before the break to make sure the scores remained level as the second half began.

The home side stepped up the pressure and when a corner was cleared to Courtney Massey his unstoppable shot from 25 yards put Dunstable back into the lead.

Again Green responded well, with Davies testing keeper Darby with a classy long-range free kick and King hitting the bar with a header, with another header from Ben Edwards deflected onto the woodwork as he tried to follow up.

They were still very much in the game until a third Dunstable goal on 68 minutes gave them a mountain to climb.

Edwards hit the post on 82 minutes so when Massey shot home in stoppage time to make it 4-1 the scoreline flattered the victors.

On Tuesday night Green travel to Hillingdon Borough, looking for revenge for their FA Cup defeat, in what could be called an early six-pointer.

On Saturday they travel to SSML Division One side Winslow United in the first qualifying round of the FA Vase.