Tring Athletic 1 Leverstock Green 1
It was honours even at The Grass Roots Stadium on Saturday as Tring Athletic and Leverstock Green shared a draw in a hard-fought Dacorum derby.
Vinnie Iannone gave Athletic an early lead as he headed home after six minutes, before Brad Wadkins back-heeled the equaliser mid-way through the first half.
With strong tackles flying in from both sides, a draw was a fair result and one which both teams can take positives from.
It was Levy Green who made the brighter start of the two teams, with Wadkins seeing an effort deflected wide after good work from winger Adiel Mannion.
Tring responded well, however, and it was the home side who took an early lead. Connor Smith floated a free-kick into the area, and Iannone made it six goals in his last four games with a looping header over Green keeper Tom Coulton.
Levy looked for a response and Tobi Akin forced a good save from Tring keeper Adam Robinson, before Athletic suffered a set-back as skipper Graham Hall was forced off injured.
And with the hosts still adjusting to the change in personnel, Green got back on level terms through Wadkins’ cheeky effort.
Matt Jarvis was penalised for hand-ball after believing the ball had gone out of play and, from the resulting free-kick, the ball dropped at the feet of Wadkins to back-heel home from six yards out.
Things were made even harder for Tring as Iannone was forced off injured towards the end of the first half, but Julian Robinson’s side held on to ensure the teams went in all-square at half-time.
The second period started evenly, but the first chance of the half fell to Tring – substitute Reon Thomas forcing a decent stop from Coulton – before Akin came close to meeting a Wadkins delivery into the box at the other end.
Tring were then hit by another injury when a crunching challenge between Adam Hallissey and Jarvis led to the latter being stretchered off, but both teams had chances to win the game late on.
Wadkins fired into the side-netting for Levy, before Coulton denied Stewart King with an excellent save.
Debutante Craig Sharples then had the chance to win the game for Levy late on, but he blazed his effort over the bar to ensure the game finished 1-1.
The result keeps Leverstock in the top-10 places in the MSSML Premier Division, while Tring sit in 14th position.
Next up for Green is a home clash with Oxhey Jets at Pancake Lane on Saturday afternoon, while Tring travel to sixth-placed Haringey Borough.
Both games kick off at 3pm.