After two relatively straightforward games, Leatherhead perhaps turned up thinking a win was inevitable as long as they stuck to their game plan. Harrow turned up with a determined game plan of their own, to slow the game down and frustrate, and took the initiative away from the hosts in the first half to run away with a two goal cushion.
You could not fault Leatherhead's effort. On another day we would have won this easily with the chances that did not quite come off but Harrow's ascent to the top of the league does not look to be an accident. From early in the game Leatherhead struggled to break them down. The usual format of our attack (everything via Clohessy) seemed to be nullified by Harrow so we tried to work out a different route to goal.
Meanwhile, Harrow snatched a two goal lead. First a ball to the back post was headed across goal only to be met by a powerful header into the top right corner; then a powerful run into the box brushed aside our defence to shoot into the bottom corner.
Leatherhead got some help from the referee on about 30 minutes when he sent off their left back. Chike's heel was clipped and he went down, too theatrically for the defender who confronted our striker and then pushed him in the chest. Chike went down holding his face and the ref showed the red. Perhaps the defender thought the ref was a soft touch as he had allowed such blatant time wasting. Notably kicking the ball out of Moore's hands as he placed it to take a free kick. Either way, I don't think anyone covered themselves in glory in this passage of play.
Leatherhead, with the man advantage, went for the all out attack but were denied by a good 'keeper, brave defending and a slice of luck. Notable efforts were Chike's goal bound shot being blocked on the line by a covering defender; Calum clipping the bar; Midson grazing the ball wide off of his studs; and pulling off a triple save from Chike.
Disappointing but we have the Ks fixture to look forward on Saturday. Two of their stewards were out our game getting some match practice in to keep us off any hatched areas and stop any fun.