Injury-hit Levy Green suffer home defeat to Harefield United

Leverstock Green fell to another defeat in Tuesday night’s home league match against Harefield United.

The visitors took the lead in the 15th minute when Harry Newman got the better of Damien Cruickshank on the right wing and squared into the box for Jack Reader to sidefoot home.

However, Leverstock had some near-misses in a good spell of pressure midway through the half.

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On 25 minutes a shot from Callum Wright was spilled by the Harefield keeper, but the loose ball just evaded the boot of Nathan Jellow.

Two minutes later a good effort from Elias Moses was parried away by the keeper, and from the resulting corner Louis Bircham headed just wide.

Leverstock also made a promising start to the second half. They had a free-kick in a good position just outside the box on 52 minutes, but Bircham’s effort was comfortably saved.

Danny Arnett got the end of a Luke Warner-Eley free-kick on 61 minutes but the ball went across the face of goal and wide.

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The game was still in the balance at this stage, but a second Harefield goal on 69 minutes was decisive. Danny Bennell curled over a first-time cross to the far post where Chris Mills slid in to finish.

Harefield had a chance for a third on 79 minutes when the referee awarded them a penalty for a foul by Kieran Jimmy from a corner.

Kyle Matthews took the kick, but Jimmy dived across his goal to save. However, the referee ordered a retake, only for Matthews to strike his second attempt wide off the post.

Dene Gardner’s squad is still suffering from injuries, and will shortly be suffering from suspensions following the recent spate of red cards, but hopefully they can pick themselves up for Saturday’s visit to Hoddesdon Town.