Vase heartbreak for Levy Green

Levy Green's Ricardo Biggi
Levy Green's Ricardo Biggi

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Enfield 2-2 Lev Green (Enfield 5-4 on pens)

LEVERSTOCK Green gave everything to the cause but their efforts were ultimately in vain as they went crashing out of the FA Vase on penalties at Enfield 1893.

With the two teams locked at 2-2 after extra-time in their second round replay, Adam Hallissey saw his penalty saved, before Enfield struck the killer blow with the next kick.

Enfield had taken the lead in the first half of normal time through Lee Benmore, before Lewis Pritchard levelled for Levy on the stroke of half-time.

The visitors had opportunities to win the game in the second half – with Lee Bircham seeing his 60th minute spot-kick saved – but the game moved into extra-time.

It was Enfield who struck first in the additional period when Ashely Taylor-Forbes prodded home in the 104th minute, but again Levy showed tremendous character to force an equaliser as Pritchard notched his second of the game a minute before the interval.

With no further goals, the game went to the dreaded penalty lottery – and it was Enfield who had the winning ticket.

“We can take so much out of the last two games and I think it will have done us good in a strange way,” said Levy manager Steve Heath.

“We showed a lot of character and we have to look at the positives.”