Leverstock Green Whites win again despite being far from their best

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Levy Green Whites looked to build on last week’s emphatic win with another home match against Crawley Green Ladies - a team they had beaten 12-2 earlier in the season.

However, this wasn’t to be a repeat of the thrashing as Crawley proved difficult to break down and held Levy to three goals this time.

Another rout looked to be on the cards when Levy Whites took the lead after just four minutes, with Pru Squires-Adams smashing home a great combination effort between herself and Cally Salter.

However, Levy struggled to adapt to a pitch that has gone from a waterlogged surface, to a hard bouncy, bobbly pitch and that - coupled with a succession of injuries - saw a disjointed and frustrating performance from the normally free-flowing Whites.

A first half full of effort but lacking in quality was capped off with a second goal worthy of a far better game when Mia Hickey broke up play and laid the ball in to Natasha Sherriff who created room on the run and fired home from a tight angle to double the lead after 42 minutes.

The problems mounted up further when Ellen Salter succumbed to a back injury and had to be withdrawn from the game, but the second half saw Levy Whites kicking down the slope and dominating possession.

However, a lack of composure and some poor finishing ensured that Crawley were very much in the game in the opening exchanges of the half.

The result looked assured after 53 minutes when the hard-working Anna Novelli burst down the right hand side before unselfishly playing the ball across the six-yard-box for a close-range tap-in from Leigh Burrows.

Levy continued to give themselves problems at the back, failing to clear the ball when under pressure and Cally Salter had her hands full in the middle of the park having to withstand some very late challenges which ultimately resulted in a Crawley booking.

It was far from a vintage Levy Whites performance, however the scoreline could have been far greater if some of the chances created were converted and if an Anna Novelli’s shot, which appeared to cross the line after deflecting off the bar, had been awarded.

Burrows also hit the bar and post, and Cally Salter hit the woodwork with further efforts.

Other positives included the league debut of Claire Brown for the Whites and an all too rare clean sheet.

Novelli was named player of the match for an exceptionally hard working performance which deserved a goal.