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Danté Leverock bagged a brace for his Estonian side

Danté Leverock is reaping the benefits of the hard work he has put in on the training ground sharpening his skills at both ends of the pitch.

The Narva Trans defender underlined his versatility by notching a brace after venturing forward for two set pieces and helping his team keep a clean sheet in a 4-0 win away to Pärnu JK Vaprus in the Estonian top flight on Tuesday.

Leverock opened his account in the 20th minute after drilling in a low shot from the edge of the six-yard box after a team-mate’s header from a corner came back off the crossbar to put Narva 2-0 up.

The Bermuda player then helped his side pull further away in the 73rd minute with a tap-in from close from a free kick to take his season tally to five in 19 league and cup appearances.

“Delighted to score two goals,” Leverock said. “I’ve been practising my finishing in training and it’s definitely paid off this season.

“I made it my mission to reach at least five goals this season and I’m pleased my hard work has paid off in training. I’ll continue to work hard and hopefully continue this trend.”

Viktor Plotnikov and Arseni Kovaltšuk accounted for Narva Trans remaining goals.

Narva Trans are fourth in the ten-team league, six points shy of third-placed Levadia Tallinn and 11 behind leaders Nomme Kalju going into the mid-season break. They have not conceded in their last three away matches.

“Happy to get the three points as we head into the mid-season break,” Leverock added. “Clean sheet also very important as we’ve been working hard defensively in training.

“Will be good to take this confidence into second half of the season as we chase the top three.”

Leverock joined Narva Trans, one of only two sides never to have been relegated from the Baltic country’s top flight, in January on a one-year deal after starting the 2017-18 domestic season with Premier Division defending champions Robin Hood.

He then made a flying start after scoring on his club debut with a goal he dedicated to late friend Collins Smith, in an emphatic 5-0 triumph away to Kuressaare in Narva’s League opener.

Before taking his talents to Estonia, the 25-year-old also had stints with United Soccer League outfit Harrisburg City Islanders, as well as English non-League sides Staines Town, Leatherhead and Ilkeston.