Challenge Trophy exit for Green as Sun Sports deliver the knock-out blow

Louis Bircham netted a consolation goal for Leverstock
Louis Bircham netted a consolation goal for Leverstock

Leverstock Green went out of the Challenge Trophy with a 3-2 home defeat to Sun Sports on Tuesday night.

Sun should have taken the lead on 37 minutes when Dom David was clean through and sidestepped Green keeper Craig Garrett, but shot into the side netting.

A minute later Karl Penny was through but his shot was deflected wide. However on 40 minutes Levy couldn’t clear the ball from a Sun throw and Penny drilled the ball into the bottom corner.

Sun had three chances to extend their lead in the opening minute of the second half, but the first hit the bar, Garrett saved an effort on the rebound, and a third attempt from close range went over the bar. Garrett pulled off another top save on 58 minutes to keep out a shot from Penny.

Leverstock got back into the game with a well-worked equaliser on 73 minutes. A fine ball from Curtis Donaldson bypassed the full-back and put Louis Bircham through to round the keeper before slotting home.

There was another chance three minutes later when Jack Halcomb played the ball out to Donaldson, who squared into the box for Chris Blunden, but his shot was deflected wide.

From the resulting corner, Leverstock lost the ball, Sun broke away quickly and after a first effort was blocked, Penny slid home the loose ball to put Sun back in front at 2-1.

Three minutes from time it looked to be all over when Scott Bonner put Sun 3-1 up from a corner, but there was still life in the game as Bircham pulled a goal back with another good finish in the 90th minute. However, it was too little too late for Levy.