I am no expert, I have never managed a football team before BUT I am an accountant and studied statistics and the recent results have not made good reading. No wins in the last 7 games. Out of the FA Cup to lower opposition. A draw against a side with 10 for much of the second half and finished with 9. Today we were bossed around by a side where we could have hoped for more a month ago.
The main problem, as far as the fans behind the goal see it, is tactic being deployed recently. Our best players pushed out wide feeding on scraps and with slow lofted balls into Rook who is asked to do a job he seems uncomfortable with. He opened the season scoring when running onto whipped in crosses. Now with his back to goal, heavily marked and trying to deal with an obvious ball in the penalty box it is slim pickings.
Leatherhead had two spells worth typing about. In the first half they had five minutes of pressure. Karagiannis hit the post and a ball fell at the feet of Jerry in front of goal but he couldn’t adjust in time to strike. True to form we were caught on the break and a swift move brought their opener.
Second half and for 45 minutes were largely ineffectual. Stacy, who had struggled out wide to effect the game, was at last allowed to move more central towards the end of the game with the introduction of Dolby and he started to look the most likely to score. Thank god for him and Smart.
Into stoppage time and we struck the post again and forced a series of corners but as in the first half we failed to convert and down the other way they went and a cool finish beat Wells from distance.
Fifth placed Hendon come to The Grove on Wednesday night.