I misread text made me believe the game was called off and by the time I realized it was too late to get there. A lucky escape. Despite Leatherhead’s coveted strikers and one man advantage we simply lacked the application, leadership and desire to get a win.
Wingate & Finchley have strung together a few nice results. Since Boxing Day they have drawn 1-1 with Havant & Waterlooville and Dulwich. They have beaten the sides around them. We on the other hand have only managed to draw with the sides near the drop zone and lose to those above.
It does not help when you cannot keep a clean sheet and it is no wonder why. A long ball from the ‘keeper sends their winger on an almost free run down their right. A cross into the box and an unmarked player taps it in. Hopeless.
On the half hour mark, the ref decided Leatherhead needed some help so asked a Wingate player to take an early shower. The old adage of it being harder to play against 10 men suddenly comes to the fore as for the remainder of the first half.
Leatherhead did rally for the second half but you could hardly describe their second as a “sucker punch”. From a throw-in Wingate moved the ball around the box with ease; Leatherhead standing there like statues with no commitment to close anything down. The invitation was accepted and the shot was rifled into the roof of the net from some distance. You see them end up in the car park but we got what we deserved.
A goal by Carr may have offered some excitement for the 99 people in attendance but it was too little too late. Back to the Grove Wednesday for the all-important game against AFC Sudbury.