Oxhey Jets 1 Leverstock Green 0
A DEPLETED Leverstock Green side suffered their third straight league defeat as they were beaten by struggling Oxhey Jets.
Steve Heath’s side battled bravely in windy conditions, but an Oxhey goal after 18 minutes proved to be the match winner.
“It was just one of those games,” said Heath. “We played really well in the second half, but I don’t think we can count ourselves unlucky to lose.
“If you miss two or three chances from three or four yards out, that isn’t unlucky.
“But sometimes you just have to forget about the scoreline and look at what the players have done.
“I couldn’t ask for any more from my players.”
Green were missing a number of key players for Saturday’s game, and Heath even had to name himself as one of Levy’s three substitutes.
With the wind howling around the pitch, the game began in a scrappy manner before Oxhey’s Steve Brown hit the bar in the eighth minute.
The hosts began to press and Lee Inch was played clean through but Carl Tasker pulled off a superb save to turn his shot wide.
There was a sense that a goal was coming for the hosts and it duly arrived after 17 minutes.
Ian Bywater saw his header cannon back off the bar and Colin Jenkinson fired home from the edge of the box.
Things went from bad to worse for Levy as Ioan Vranceanu was forced off injured, meaning Scott Gungadoo had to make his return from a long-term injury quicker than expected.
The second half was a complete contrast from the first as Levy used the wind to their advantage as they pressed for a leveller.
Gungadoo went close with a free-kick, before Steve Hatch sent a header wide and Paul Insley was denied by a fine save.
Junior Owusu-Akonor was the next Green player to be denied as his shot was scrambled off the line.
With two minutes left, Heath sent on substitute keeper Gareth Tinsley to play up front, but Green could not manage to force the equaliser which their play had merited.