Two goals from corners condemned Leverstock Green to a 2-0 SSML Premier Division defeat to Wembley at Pancake Lane on Tuesday night.
The first goal arrived in the 10th minute when a corner was played low into the six-yard box. Any one of three players could have finished it off but it was Wayne Walters who shot home the opener.
Green almost equalised direct from a corner after 15 minutes, but Paul Somers’ cross was tipped over the bar by keeper Bart Fogler.
The subsequent corner also caused problems as it found Sledge Mubama, who put the ball back across goal but Callum Wright couldn’t force it home.
Wembley should have had a second goal after 23 minutes when Gavin Smith gave the ball away to leave Yassin Fehmi-Gil clean through, but his lob over Kieran Jimmy landed wide of the goal.
Three minutes later, a pass from James Sears put Wright through, but his shot was straight at Fogler.
With 29 minutes on the clock, a cross from Jimmy Talbot was headed back across goal by Wright, but Louis Bircham’s effort was wide. Dan Lake then had a good attempt from distance, but his dipping shot was just wide.
Wembley had another golden chance to increase their lead five minutes into the second half, but Fehmi-Gil headed over the bar when Joe Wright’s cross found him at point-blank range.
They were also unlucky after 63 minutes when a curling free-kick from Ian Bates cannoned off the post.
Leverstock worked hard in the second half, but didn’t create as many chances as their possession merited.
With 68 minutes played, Lake and Timi Salako combined down the right wing, and Salako’s cross had to be headed over by Bates. Four minutes, later Somers had a great chance but headed over the bar from Salako’s cross.
The game could have gone either way, but Wembley finally added their second goal in the 74th minute.
Leverstock had a couple of chances to clear a corner to the far post, but the ball fell at the feet of Joe Wright, who could hardly miss from a couple of yards out as he lashed home.
Leverstock turn their attention back to the FA Cup on Saturday, when they visit Biggleswade United in the first qualifying round – the first time the Green have ever reached this far in the tournament.