Leverstock Green made a disappointing start to 2014 as they were beaten 4-1 at Harefield United.
After a two-week break without a fixture, Levy manager Dene Gardner tried a different formation – opting for a more defensive 4-5-1, with Stewart King as the lone striker.
But Green struggled to get anything going in the first half, with King looking isolated and the home side having control of the midfield.
It looked like the game would go into the break goalless, but in first half stoppage time Harefield found the net as Ryan Ashe drilled home from the edge of the box past the unsighted Kieron Jimmy.
A double change for Levy at half-time saw the introduction of Chad Pinching and Shakir Agada, but Harefield added two more goals through Hussein Warsame and Ashe before the Leverstock side had adjusted to their new shape.
The fourth goal on 73 minutes was unfortunate for defender Gavin Smith, as he miscontrolled the ball to leave Daniel Fleming clean through to lob Jimmy.
Eventually Green rediscovered the attacking flair they had shown over the previous five games, but by then it was too late .
Ten minutes from time Pinching forced the first real save from home keeper Michael Pearce, and three minutes later Pinching drove in from the edge of the box to pull the score back to 4-1.