Pritchard bags a brace as high-flying Levy win again

27/8/2011'Leverstock Green FC versus Broxbourne, in blue.'Craig Preston tries for goal.
27/8/2011'Leverstock Green FC versus Broxbourne, in blue.'Craig Preston tries for goal.

Leverstock Green 2 Broxbourne Borough 0

LEVERSTOCK Green maintained their winning start to the season as Lewis Pritchard’s second-half brace secured a 2-0 win for Steve Heath’s side at home to Broxbourne Borough.

27/8/2011'Leverstock Green FC versus Broxbourne, in blue.'Lewis Pritchard tries for goal.

27/8/2011'Leverstock Green FC versus Broxbourne, in blue.'Lewis Pritchard tries for goal.

Levy now sit second in the MSSML Premier Division, as one of only two teams with a 100 per cent record. Royston Town are top of the league on goal difference.

Dan Griggs, Adam Hallissey and Louis Austin were all unavailable for Green, but the home side made a good start and Lee Stobbs struck an effort over the bar after just 20 seconds.

Both sides peppered the goalkeepers with long range efforts in the early exchanges, with Jon Davies coming closest for Levy.

Pritchard then had two good chances to give his side the lead, but his composure deserted him when through one-on-one.

He put his first attempt over the crossbar, before seeing his next effort blocked by Broxbourne keeper Edward Thompson.

Carl Tasker had to be alert at the other end to keep out a dangerous free-kick, before Steve Hatch appeared fortunate not to give away a penalty for what looked like handball.

Paul Insley and Davies were the next Green players to squander good openings, but Levy took the lead eight minutes into the second half.

Ben Butler found Pritchard with a superb pass, and this time the Green forward kept his cool to dink into the net.

Broxbourne pushed for an equaliser, but Pritchard sealed the victory ten minutes from time as he lashed a spectacular long range effort into the top corner of the net to bag the three points.

Green manager Heath was understandably delighted with his side’s performance.

“It was a really good display,” he said. “The boys had good possession and created some really good chances.”

“We should have scored at least three in the first half and I have to admit I was worried that the misses were going to come back and haunt us.

“But fair play to the boys – they kept going and picked up where they left off in the second half and got the win.”

Heath said he was particularly impressed with the way Pritchard put his earlier misses to one side to bag the Levy goals.

“Pritchard is really on the up,” he said. “He is playing well and his confidence rising.”

The Levy boss, though, insists his side are keeping their feet on the ground despite their superb start to the season.

“We’re not going to get carried away,” he said. “We’ve got some hard games coming up so we won’t be getting ahead of ourselves.”