Clinical finishing sees Ardley put four past poor Longlevens

Longlevens conceded four sloppy goals to lose 4-0 to Ardley United as their run of defeats in the Hellenic Premier stretches to four games. 

Levens, who last won in the league on the 8th September – a 1-0 win over Ascot United, were looking to exorcise their demons from the 2-1 defeat to Fairford Town in midweek.

The hosts started slowly and Ardley nearly took the lead inside the opening five minutes when captain Tom Moore fired just wide from 25 yards. Moore went close two minutes later when he was set free on the left side of the box, only for his effort to be kept out by Ash Wintle.

Ardley grew in confidence as they were able to expose Longlevens down their right hand side on multiple occasions, with defensive errors all over the place.

When the deadlock was broken it was due to one of these errors, as Ed Smyllie was caught out trying to knock the ball back to Wintle. His pass was leapt on by Troy Bryan who charged in on goal before squeezing it in despite the presence of Tommy Callinan.

The goal woke Longlevens up and they began to string some passes together. Jonty Welch fired an effort in from 25 yards that was spectacularly saved by Ardley keeper Christian Lawrence.

The visitors broke from the corner and Tobias London somehow diverted a cross come shot wide from within six yards.

If the first goal was bad defensively, then the second was absolutely woeful. After Ardley won a corner on the left, it was taken short and somehow Longlevens failed to make a challenge or clear their lines before the ball was playing in and diverted into the net this time by London.

Connor Harris curled an effort wide for the visitors just moments later as the inquests were being bellowed around a Longlevens side who were lacking ideas or a plan B.

Surprisingly Longlevens didn’t make any changes at the break and within ten minutes were 3-0 down. Mason Lewis was harshly adjudged to have tripped his man and Billy Gillett stepped up to slot the ball home.

The third goal brought with it Harry Emmett and James Campbell. Campbell, who was a surprise exclusion in the Levens starting XI set about trying to drag his side back into the game.

Longlevens’ best moment came with twenty minutes left when Campbell chested down a long ball wide on the right and played a one two with Adam Philp before blasting one in from the right side of the box, Lawrence stood tall to save well.

The hosts misery was complete when Troy Bryan nodded in a fourth for Craig Adey’s men after reacting quickest to a free kick that came back off the crossbar.

Longlevens will be looking to end the run of league defeats next weekend when they travel to Holmer Green, whilst Ardley United take on a Gloucestershire side again as they host Brimscombe & Thrupp. 

Longlevens: Wintle, Dunn, T Callinan (Phillips), Smyllie, Lewis, Rich, Welch (Emmett), Martin (Campbell), Philp, O’Connor, Turner

Subs Not Used: G Callinan, Sysum

Ardley United: Lawrence, Gabbidon, Mundy, T Moore, West, McKirnan, Griffiths (Chalmers), Gillett (Gallagher), London (J Moore), Bryan, Harris

Subs Not Used: Yusuf, Leggett

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