London Tigers 2
Leverstock Green 0
Leverstock Green suffered a disappointing defeat at the hands of MSSML Premier Division bottom side London Tigers at Avenue Park on Saturday.
It was a disorganised display from Green, with four of the 14 players in the squad only arriving at the ground 10 minutes before kick-off – and it resulted in a lacklustre performance from the Pancake Lane side.
The Tigers took the lead after just five minutes as Terence Cariba broke free on the left and fed Jabir Laraba to slot home.
Green’s first meaningful foray forward came in the 13th minute when Mark Shadbolt’s pass was deflected towards Toby Akin, but he was beaten to the ball by Lions keeper Jamie Abim.
Levy came close again through Akin and Alfee Robbins, but it was the home team who struck next to double their advantage after 30 minutes.
Luis Martins unleashed an effort from 25 yards and Green keeper Tom Coulton was powerless to prevent the drive from finding the net.
Leverstock boss Steve Benitez switched things around at half-time as his side looked for a way back into the game, and Akin forced another save from Abim three minutes after the restart.
Chances continued to go begging for Levy – Burfoot miscued a shot and Akin’s header from the rebound was tipped over, before Adam Hallissey hit the bar from the resulting corner.
It was clear that it was not going to be Levy’s day, and the Tigers held on to record their first league victory of the season.
The defeat leaves Leverstock in 13th place in the league table, and they will need to bounce back quickly from Saturday’s set-back when they travel to Hatfield Town this weekend.
Hatfield currently occupy 19th position in the table, and Green will be keen to make amends for their poor display in London.