Green beaten as top two go head-to-head

26/3/11'Leverstock Green FC versus St. Margaretsbury in yellow.'Louis Austin with ball.

26/3/11'Leverstock Green FC versus St. Margaretsbury in yellow.'Louis Austin with ball.

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Leverstock Green 0 Royston Town 2

LEVERSTOCK Green’s injury problems caught up with them on Saturday as they were beaten by fellow high-flyers Royston Town.

Green stay top of the MSSML Premier Division by one point, but Royston have a game in hand over Steve Heath’s men.

After a tremendous start to the season, Green have been struggling with an extensive injury-list, and were outplayed by a quality Royston outfit.

Hosts Levy were poor in possession and were ultimately undone by two late goals from the visitors.

The best chance of the first half fell to Royston’s Jack Bradshaw, but his header flew over the crossbar.

The away side upped their tempo in the second half, and finally forced the breakthrough after 57 minutes.

Good play from winger Ricky Young allowed Ross Collins to race through and fire home.

Levy changed their shape in search of an equaliser, but it was Royston who struck next to wrap up the win in some style.

Ryan Lockett cushioned the ball down to Collins, and the Town skipper lashed home from 25 yards to make sure of the points.

Green boss Steve Heath said he could have no complaints about the result.

“The better team won and we were just outclassed really,” he said. “Defensively as a team we worked really hard but our overall quality wasn’t good enough.

“I can’t be too critical of the players, though, some of it was due to the players we had missing.

“There’s no doubting Royston had quality players but everything has just caught up with us now.”

The Levy boss, however, says that a number of his players are ready to return to the side.

“Louis Austin, Lee Stobbs and Mark Shadbolt are all returning from injury and Louis West should be back in training on Thursday.”

At the time the Gazette went to press, Levy were preparing for a St Mary’s Cup clash with Bovingdon, and Heath hoped to use the game to reintroduce his injured stars to the team.

“I don’t know what their fitness will be like – we just need a bit of luck this week,” he said.