Jets down Green as missed chances prove costly

Callum Wright in action for Leverstock Green. Picture (c) Alan Lee
Callum Wright in action for Leverstock Green. Picture (c) Alan Lee

Leverstock Green had enough chances to win on Tuesday night but ended up on the wrong end of a 2-1 scoreline against Oxhey Jets.

Levy started the match well, with Mark Woolley having a shot turned round the post inside 40 seconds, and from the resulting corner Woolley had a glancing header, but not enough to divert it into the net.

However, in the fifth minute a shot from Eoin Casey caused a problem for Green keeper David Bailey, who couldn’t hold on to the ball. As it spun away from him, Bailey chased after the ball with Casey, who went down, and the referee awarded a penalty.

Casey took the kick himself and put Oxhey 1-0 up with their first successful spot kick in seven attempts this season.

Four minutes later things were levelled up as the referee awarded Leverstock a penalty for handball. Liam Hind was equally accurate from the spot to net the equaliser.

Leverstock should have gone in front in the 27th minute when a great pass from Luke Preedy put Callum Wright clear of the defence, but Wright’s shot was saved by visiting keeper Will Baker.

Instead they fell behind again in the 31st minute when Oxhey were awarded a free-kick outside the box.

Luke Beardsworth curled the ball over the wall and into the net for a 2-1 lead.

The second half was all about Leverstock missing a string of chances, and Oxhey Jets maintained their lead with a combination of good saves and poor finishing to secure the three points.