Hat-trick hero sinks Ampthill as Levy Green take the spoils

Callum Wright was the man of the moment for Leverstock Green
Callum Wright was the man of the moment for Leverstock Green

Ampthill Town made a disappointing start to the new year, losing 3-1 at home to Leverstock Green on Saturday.

Town had won 3-1 in their last two home matches but they were on the receiving end of the same scoreline as they were second best in a vital match thanks to Levy hat-trick hero Callum Wright.

The game was the only one in the SSML Premier Division to survive the morning deluge so the fixture attracted a big crowd, but Town gave Leverstock the starring role.

The visitors threatened in the opening stages with Wright putting a chance over from a Billy Smith cross and Nathan Jellow bringing a good stop from Jordan McKechnie in the home goal.

Leverstock took the lead in the 24th minute when Smith made inroads down the right and centred for Wright to head home his first goal.

Ampthill should have replied soon afterwards, but Stuart Gillespie put a header over from a corner.

Jellow and Jim Sears both had openings late in the first half, while Wright saw a shot dip just over the bar.

A goalline clearance denied Levy their second early in the second half, before Dan Butler brought a good save from away keeper Kieran Jimmy.

Leverstock’s second goal came courtesy of a poor Town free-kick, when the ball fell for Chad Pinching who countered and set up Wright to drill home.

Jellow hit the post before Green ended their scoring when Pinching and Wright exchanged passes before Wright completed his hat-trick.

Town pulled one back when Dan Butler found space for Louie Dillon to find the net, but Town could find no more goals and they slipped to a 3-1 loss.

Having forced a 2-2 draw at Leverstock a few weeks ago, Town would have hoped for a better result on Saturday, but the Pancake Lane side proved too strong on this occasion.

Ampthill are at home to Hoddesdon on Saturday, 3pm kick-off.