New Leverstock Green bosses get off the mark with win over Hertford

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The Leverstock Green management team of Tim O’Sullivan and Paul Hunt saw their side win for the first time since taking charge as they beat Hertford Town 3-1 in Saturday’s SSML Premier Division game at Pancake Lane, writes Tony Smart.

The Green made a great start, scoring after just six minutes as Tommy Walsh made a cross-field pass to Jack Gilmartin who cut inside his marker and squared the ball into the path of Chris Blunden, who opened the scoring.

It seemed to all go wrong for Green in the 17th minute after a tackle by James Budden was deemed to be a foul, with Tommy Walsh sent off in the resulting coming together of both sets of players.

Despite their numerical disadvantage, Louis Bircham extended the lead for Levy in the 35th minute. He picked up the ball in midfield and weaved his way past several defenders before slotting the ball into the right hand corner of the goal to give the hosts a 2 -0 half-time lead.

For the first 15 minutes of the second half Hertford piled on the pressure but the Leverstock defence – and in particular goalkeeper Jordan I’Anson – kept them at bay.

The game was sealed in the 66th minute when Chris Blunden scored his second goal of the afternoon from Curtis Donaldson’s through-ball.

Leverstock raised their game and could have scored with several further efforts, with two shots hitting the post.

Hertford got onto the scoresheet with a penalty in the 96th minute after I’Anson was judged to have tripped a Hertford player, with Louis Rose scoring from the penalty spot.