Lacklustre Leverstock Green fall to defeat as Wembley take advantage
A disappointing performance saw Leverstock Green fall to a 2-0 defeat at Wembley on Saturday.
The Leverstock side created plenty of chances, but couldn’t put any of them away, and two sloppy goals conceded in the first half sealed their fate.
The home side took the lead in the opening minute as Leverstock gave the ball away and Paul Skelton was played through to score.
Having conceded the early goal, Levy then started playing well and creating chances. Ollie Buckley and Ashley Addison both had shots turned around the post by the keeper, and in the 17th minute Dan Bourne was put through on goal, only for his shot to be pushed wide.
However, Wembley were still looking dangerous on the counter-attack, and had a couple of near-misses themselves before adding a second goal in the 33rd minute.
A cross from the left was pushed away by Liam Jahn, but Daniel Pritchard was unmarked at the far post and put away the rebound.
The second half played out in a similar fashion with Leverstock having more of the ball, but creating fewer chances, often due to a poor final ball; it took until the 68th minute for Curtis Donaldson to hit an effort that went just wide of the post.
At the other end Wembley were often caught offside on their counter-attacks, but Jahn had to pull off a good save to deny Yassine Fehmi-Gil in the 79th minute.
Four minutes from time Timi Salako was just wide with a shot, and a minute later Donaldson had a run at goal but his eventual shot was straight at the keeper as Leverstock failed to stage a late recovery.
Leverstock have four games remaining, all of them at home, and three more points should end any lingering fears of relegation.
Wembley: 1. Adam Humphries, 2. Daniel Pritchard, 3. Taiwo Edun, 4. Wayne Walters, 5. Carl Pearce, 6. Zaied Sabti, 7. Ian Bates (15. Charly McKee 90 mins), 8. Steve O’Reilly, 9. Nathan Jallow (16. Joe Wright 79 mins), 10. Yassine Fehmi-Gil, 11. Paul Skelton (14. Junior Bushiri 74 mins). Subs not used: 12. Jonathan Iley, 17. Grigori Zulmatashuvi.
Leverstock Green: 1. Liam Jahn, 2. Tommy Walsh, 3. Dan Hartley (12. Timi Salako 73 mins), 4. Alex McCarthy, 5. Joe Horwood, 6. Freddie Hudson (15. Tyler Osborne 48 mins), 7. Dan Bourne, 8. Curtis Donaldson, 9. Ashley Addison (14. Alfie Boswell 60 mins), 10. Ollie Buckley, 11. Dan O’Donnell. Subs not used: 16. Jamie Hiller, 17. Johnny Watson.