Ninth loss in a row keeps Levy Green bottom

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Leverstock Green 0
 Harefield United 2

Leverstock Green remain rooted to the bottom of the SSML Premier Division after suffering a ninth straight league defeat – this time a 2-0 at home to Harefield United.

Hopes were high that the team could build on an encouraging display at Hoddesdon on Tuesday night, but lack of an out-and-out goalscorer plus familiar defensive frailties proved to be their downfall yet again.

The visitors had the first chance of the game in the sixth minute when a cross to the far post found Harry Howell unmarked, but Green keeper Dan Blacktopp did well to save with his legs.

Leverstock had a chance three minutes later when Harefield keeper Michael Pearce was slow to come out to collect a ball and Jon Davies nipped in, but his header was saved.

The game went into the second half still goalless, and it was Green who had the first real chance of the half when Tunde Owolabi and Alex Foster combined well to set up Davies, but Pearce turned his shot wide.

However, it was Harefield who took the lead in the 56th minute when Ryan Egan ran in unchallenged to meet Paulo Cicero’s chipped free-kick and direct his shot into the bottom corner of the net.

And things got worse for Leverstock just three minutes later when they conceded again – Mark Sargeant coming in to head home from a corner to put Harefield into a 2-0 lead.

A couple of chances midway through the half raised hopes of a Green revival, however.

First, Davies struck the post with a fierce shot from a short corner routine on 65 minutes, and three minutes later Glenn Thompson had a shot saved by Pearce after Davies had been thwarted inside the box.

There was to be no comeback, though, and Levy were left to reflect on yet another defeat.

Green have now lost nine of their opening 10 league fixtures, having conceded 29 goals and scored only eight.