Late mistake proves costly for Levy Green in pre-season defeat

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Leverstock Green gave a promising performance in their second pre-season friendly, but a late mistake at the back saw them end up on the wrong side of a 2-1 scoreline against Eton Manor at Pancake Lane.

The visitors took the lead in the 26th minute with an excellent shot from the left edge of the penalty area into the top corner of the net.

Leverstock went close to equalising with two chances in quick succession. On 34 minutes Luke Warner-Eley’s free kick was headed wide by Liam Hind, and two minutes later Hind’s pass put Warner-Eley through on goal. The Manor keeper parried away Warner-Eley’s shot and the rebound just eluded Callum Wright.

The Green line-up was unchanged at the start of the second half, but seven changes were made over the course of the half. The Leverstock equaliser came in the 49th minute from Callum Wright, who robbed a defender and ran through to shoot home.

Wright could have got a second four minutes later when a fine pass from Billy Smith put him through, but a defender got back to block his shot wide.

Leverstock had much the better of the second half and played plenty of good football, but their finishing was off-target.

And they were eventually made to pay for their profligacy when a mix-up between keeper and defender allowed the visitors to score a tap-in in the 89th minute.

Leverstock could have had an instant equaliser when Ricardo Ramos burst through, but his shot was inches wide of the post.

In the end it was a very good workout for Dene Gardner’s side, with only the result lacking.

Earlier in the afternoon, Leverstock’s reserve side drew 1-1 with Hillingdon FC.

After a season away, the reserve side has returned under new manager James Hall. The Green side took the lead midway through the second half with a penalty from Dean Ryan, but the visitors levelled from a corner late in the game.