Newport Pagnell Town’s FA Cup adventure fell at the very first hurdle on Saturday as they lost to a late Leverstock Green goal to lose 2-1.
In an otherwise fairly uneventful first half, Newport were dealt a blow when Ieuan Reilly was shown a straight red card for a two-footed challenge on Green’s Callum Wright after 26 minutes.
There were few chances, but Swans made Leverstock keeper Kieran Jimmy made the game’s first save in the 30th minute as he tipped a shot over the bar.
After a poor first half, the second half opened much better from a Leverstock perspective as they took the lead two minutes after the restart. Wright picked the ball up in the opposition half, and went on a run before striking the ball accurately, hitting a low shot in off the post.
Leverstock almost made it 2-0 on 54 minutes as he went on a run off his own before hitting a shot just wide.
Substitute Louis Bircham also went close on 68 minutes, hitting a shot just over the angle after David Sobers had laid the ball back to him.
With only one goal in it, the game was still in the balance, and Newport Pagnell levelled the scores through on 79 minutes after Leverstock gave the ball away in their own half.
John Thorpe chipped a pass over two defenders to Josh Crawley, who took the ball down and struck an angled shot past Jimmy for an equaliser.
But Leverstock picked themselves up again and went on to retake the lead with five minutes remaining. Bircham broke forward and threaded a pass through to Wright, who showed composure as he slotted the ball home, sending Swans packing.