Levy triumph in the rain as the goals pour in at Hatfield
Hatfield Town 3 Leverstock Green 4
Leverstock Green got back to winning ways on Saturday as they edged a seven-goal thriller with Hatfield Town.
In heavy rain, Levy got over last week’s disappointing loss at London Tigers to register the win with goals from Tobi Akin (2), Curt Dizon and debutante Harvey Zaha – brother of Crystal Palace and England striker Wilfried Zaha.
Both teams had chances early on, but it was Akin who broke the deadlock a minute before half-time.
The Levy striker was fouled on the edge of the area following a good passing move, and he stepped up to slot home the resulting free-kick of the net.
As the rain continued to soak an already sodden pitch, the goals began to pour in after half-time.
Five minutes into the half, Dizon gave Leverstock a 2-0 lead, and the third goal arrived in the 58th minute as Akin darted past two defenders before firing home for his second of the match.
Both managers made substitutions on the hour mark, and within five minutes both Zaha and Hatfield’s Cletus Isiri had found the net to make it 3-1.
Isiri made it 4-2 with 15 minutes remaining, and both sides were reduced to 10 men shortly afterwards as Zaha and Hatfield’s Micky Nathan were both sent-off following a scuffle.
Hatfield made it 4-3 with a penalty in the third minute of stoppage time, but the full-time whistle blew seconds later and Green took the points.
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