Leverstock Green led twice in Saturday’s game at London Tigers but had to be content with a point from a 2-2 draw.
Levy took the lead with an early goal as Dan Griggs curled in a cross from the right, and Ryan Laville did the rest – using his chest to bring the ball down and take it round the keeper before hooking in a shot from a narrow angle.
However, the lead only lasted four minutes, as Sufyian Bettamer struck a long range effort into the bottom corner to level for the hosts.
Bettamer almost added a second on 17 minutes, but he drove a shot against the angle of post and bar.
For the rest of the half, though, it was Leverstock who had the chances. On 18 minutes Griggs had a shot cleared off the line, and on 39 minutes a great pass from Ross Adams put Laville through on goal, but his shot was deflected wide by keeper Ravan Constable’s trailing foot.
Two minutes before the break, Constable was caught out of his goal as Ashley Addison took the ball past him, but was then pulled back by the keeper. Constable only received a yellow card for this, and Donaldson’s effort from the resulting free-kick was only inches over the target.
Leverstock continued to impress early in the second half; on 55 minutes Dan Bourne caught a volley with full venom from close range, but Constable pulled off a fantastic save to deflect it over the bar.
Five minutes later Griggs was denied again as he hit a dipping shot that had Constable beaten but was headed off the line by a defender, while Donaldson drove a free-kick against the post on 63 minutes.
The rebound was not fully cleared, and seconds later McCarthy lifted the ball over Constable to finally put Leverstock back into a deserved lead.
The Tigers hit back on 77 minutes, though. Levy couldn’t clear the ball from their own box, and despite Liam Jahn saving a first effort from Ayoub Amellal, he could do nothing about the rebound as Amellal levelled the scores at 2-2 to salvage a point for his side.
Next up for Leverstock is a visit to Kings Langley on Tuesday night in the quarter-finals of the St Mary’s Cup.