Leverstock Green 3 Aylesbury 2
LEVERSTOCK Green bounced back to form with a 3-2 win over third-placed Aylesbury United.
After a run of five games without a win, Levy showed spirit and determination to earn the victory with goals from Louis West, Kevin Gallen and Ricardo Biggi.
The victory keeps Levy in second place in the MSSML Division One league table.
Green were able to include ex-Premiership star Gallen in the starting line-up, but it was the visitors who opened the scoring in the fourth minute through Ben Baines.
The Ducks looked to extend their lead, but Green equalised against the run of play in the 20th minute.
Mark Shadbolt chipped the ball forward to West and the makeshift striker coolly lobbed the ball home to restore parity.
Aylesbury pressed to regain the lead, but Levy made them pay for their wastefulness once more as West breezed past a Ducks challenge and set up Gallen to fire home.
The open nature of the game continued after the interval, and Aylesbury were back on level terms after 50 minutes as Warren Garcia lashed in from Lewis Halford’s corner.
Rather than deflate Green, the visitors’ goal seemed to fire them up and they came close to adding a third through Shadbolt’s cross-come-shot.
And from the resulting corner, Levy duly found themselves back in front as Lee Bircham’s clipped cross was met by Biggi who thumped his header home with 35 minutes left to play.
The goalmouth action began to subside after that – with Levy content to protect their lead – and Steve Heath’s side duly held on for the three points.
“It was a decent game of football played in the right way by both teams,” said Green manager Heath.
“It could have gone either way but we were good value for the win after the first 20 minutes. It was a game we felt we had to get something out of.
“We lack quality in some areas and need to make up for that with hard work. The players upped their work-rate and desire on Saturday.
“We’re second in the league after 15 games so we must be doing something right.”