Brightlingsea Regent waltzed into today, sounding like a clumsy hero in a poorly written pantomime. With the popular Zak having recently departed, Manny would have been hoping to avoid being the villain.
It was a subdued start from both the players and the crowd. Perhaps over recent weeks we had forgotten what to do... but soon it was clear Leatherhead looked the more accomplished side. Midson could have had a hatful with good heading opportunities spurned and a low cross was met by an air stroke.
The ref was making a name for himself too. The highlight in the first half was booking McManus as a reward for pulling off a fantastic tackle, winning the ball cleanly but perhaps the theatrical tumble the Brightlingsea player took convinced the ref there was more to it. Rather than use his assistant he guessed and got it wrong.
A lot of out play was coming down the right with Sean, but our goal came through the middle. Ruel slotting a pass to Midson who just found enough space to slot it past the keeper and inside the post. 1-0.
Second half and we pressed for another but the ref's erratic decision making made it hard work for both sides. Moore, who was finding it hard to hide his frustration, took himself off and we lost our shape a little. Over committing and allowing Brightlingsea to score on the break. Manny would not have thanked his team mates for leaving him so exposed, leaving him no chance.
Just when a point looked to be our only reward from the game, the ref came to our rescue. Midson received the ball by the goal line in the penalty area and was met by a clumsy two footed tackle. The ball was missed... I am not sure to the extent Midson wasn't missed but he went down and the ref decided on a penalty. Midson recovered from the tackle enough to slot it away.
Three points and we now concentrate on the Surrey Senior Cup on s.