Leverstock Green 2 Tring Athletic 1
Two goals from Levy Green new boy Junior Owusu-Akonor were enough to secure all three points in a hard-fought Dacorum derby at Pancake Lane.
After a goalless first half, Owusu-Akonor opened the scoring in the 52nd minute, and the Levy man doubled the tally with 14 minutes left to play.
Tring hit back in stoppage time, but Levy held on for the vital three points.
Both teams had injury concerns going into the match and, unsurprisingly, the game got off to a scrappy start.
A Tring goal was ruled out for offside after seven minutes, before skipper Chris Salmon headed wide when unmarked in front of goal.
Stewart King then saw his glancing header drift wide of the post, as an otherwise uneventful half came to an end.
Levy, subdued in the first half, came out strongly after the interval and Bekim Culaj came close on two occasions.
Shortly afterwards, Tring should have taken the lead, but Andy Humphries lost his footing at the vital moment and Green keeper Carl Tasker was able to snuff out the danger.
With the match now flowing from end to end, the next chance of the game fell to Levy – and Owusu-Akonor made no mistake in putting his side ahead.
Culaj ran down the left and put in a fine cross for Owusu-Akonor to slot home his first goal for Green and give his side the lead.
Culaj then had the chance to double the lead, before Paul Jeffries sent an effort over the Levy crossbar.
With 14 minutes to go, Green manager Steve Heath introduced Joel Norris from the bench in place of new signing Ioan Vranceanu – and the substitute made an immediate impact.
With his first touch, Norris climbed well to flick the ball on to Owusu-Akonor, and he ignored the challenge of Matt Jarvis to finish with aplomb.
That was to be the goalscorer’s last involvement, though, as he was injured by Jarvis’ challenge – leaving Levy Green to play the rest of the game with just 10 men.
Jarvis pulled a goal back late on for Tring but, despite some nervy moments, Levy clung on for the win.