Leverstock Green failed to ease their lingering relegation worries as they suffered a damaging 3-0 defeat to fellow strugglers Oxhey Jets.
It was the poorest Levy display for some time, as they rarely got going at all and Oxhey were worthy winners.
The Leverstock side included a new signing in Lewis Cruwys, but he was unfortunate in being involved in the opening Oxhey goal.
A Jets corner was cleared as far as Cruwys, but he was facing his own goal. As he ran the ball back into his own box, Tim O’Mara went down for a very contentious penalty, and Martin Netzer took advantage to put Oxhey 1-0 up in the fourth minute.
Levy created very little in the first half, and Oxhey added a second goal three minutes before the break. O’Mara chased a ball down to the bye-line, took it past Liam Jahn, and somehow managed to curl in a shot from the narrowest of angles.
After a disjointed and disappointing first half display, there was a marked improvement in the second half.
Within two minutes Ollie Buckley got on the end of a cross with a header that was saved by the boot of keeper Harry Smart, and soon afterwards Leverstock should have had a penalty when Alex McCarthy was clearly brought down in the box.
On 57 minutes Smart denied Buckley again, and Ryan Laville put over two crosses which found Buckley and Cruwys, but neither could get an effort on target.
A goal would have made all the difference, but instead it was Oxhey who struck the killer blow on 76 minutes. With a free-kick inside the Oxhey half, Levy brought extra players up for a ball into the box, but McCarthy’s kick didn’t reach the penalty area and Oxhey broke quickly.
Two well-placed passes put Netzer through to score his second and Oxhey’s third.
That ended the Leverstock challenge, and Oxhey comfortably saw out the remaining minutes.
Paul Hunt’s side need to start picking up some points quickly, and their next game is on Wednesday night away to Hadley.