Leverstock earned a much-needed three points with an excellent 5-2 win over Oxhey Jets in Saturday’s game at Pancake Lane.
Leverstock took an early lead as Ryan Laville threaded a pass through to Ollie Buckley, and his shot took a slight deflection off a defender, which was enough to wrongfoot keeper Davis Boateng and send the ball in at his near post in the fourth minute.
Oxhey had the chance to equalise in the 12th minute when Green keeper Liam Jahn was penalised for handling a back pass. The result was an indirect free-kick from close range which was kept out by a great goalline clearance from Curtis Donaldson.
Soon afterwards, a superb shot from Ashley Addison hit the underside of the bar and bounced down on the wrong side of the line before being claimed by Boateng.
Leverstock continued to create chances as a Buckley shot was saved before Addison fired wide.
Having had so many chances to increase their lead, inevitably Leverstock conceded an equaliser in the 25th minute. An Oxhey corner was headed away, but only as far as Ben Alexander, who connected with a superb first-time volley that flew into the top corner.
However, it took only three minutes for Leverstock to re-establish their lead. A cross from Donaldson was headed away, but Buckley played the ball back into the box, where Laville drilled home an angled drive from the edge of the six-yard box.
Oxhey came back strongly, but Leverstock increased their lead to 3-1 in the 35th minute as Donaldson delivered a corner into the heart of the six-yard box where Laville got a touch to the ball to stab it home.
The visitors had the first effort of the second half in the 47th minute as Alexander hit a shot from the edge of the box, before Buckley hit an even better shot, which again struck the underside of the bar and bounced down on the wrong side of the line.
The next goal was crucial, and it was Leverstock who scored it in the 57th minute. A great chipped pass from Alex McCarthy found Buckley inside the box, and he took the ball down and shot home his second goal of the match for a 4-1 Leverstock lead.
In the first minute of stoppage time Oxhey sub Greg Usher was quickest to react to a loose ball to pull a goal back for the Jets.
However, within a minute Leverstock had their three-goal lead back as Dan Griggs was put through to finish coolly for a final score of 5-2.
It was the first win for the club since Paul Hunt took sole charge of the first team.
It will be a much-needed confidence boost for the side as they go into a busy period of games, weather permitting.
Next up is a trip to Stotfold on Tuesday night to make a third attempt to complete a fixture that has been abandoned twice this season.
Leverstock Green: 1. Liam Jahn, 2. Jack Samuel (14. Dan Griggs 81 mins), 3. Jon Davies (12. Dan Bourne 65 mins), 4. Alex McCarthy, 5. Joe Horwood, 6. Jack Watts, 7. Ollie Buckley (15. Connor Deadman 57 mins), 8. Tommy Walsh, 9. Ashley Addison, 10. Ryan Laville, 11. Curtis Donaldson. Subs not used: 16. Gavin Smith, 17. Jack Bridges.
Oxhey Jets: 1. Davis Boateng, 2. Reece Fallon, 3. Chris Killer, 4. Jamie Speers, 5. Tyler Connor, 6. James Henney, 7. Luke Lloyd (12. Karl Bull 67 mins), 8. Warren Gladdy, 9. Ben Alexander, 10. Martin Netzer, 11. Adam Lowton (15. Greg Usher 73 mins). Sub not used: 14. Gary Edwards.