It was another case of what could have been at The Grove as we let a slender lead slip again. Not quite in the same agonising fashion as midweek but it must still be disappointing to the new manager.
The first half went rather well for Leatherhead. The new players have certainly made a difference and for the first time the season we looked confident with players demanding the ball, notably Rash Kamara who was beating players throughout the game.
I also wonder if Evander Lopes was the U21 player Jimmy “liked the look of” as his introduction to the first team was also a highlight, It was from his drive into the box that we won the penalty; coolly dispatched but Sole.
The first half ended with Leatherhead fans rightly optimistic. We were playing good football from the back and perhaps we could hope for more goals in the second half…
These goals didn’t come for Leatherhead. Sole was suddenly playing a bit deeper and Tomi, who had worked so hard at closing down defenders in the first half, lost his way. Ultimately that meant we had no real credible goal scoring threat.
Needham then sent on two pairs of fresh legs and the pressure was on resulting in an inevitable equaliser. The ball powered home for within the box.
Leatherhead did rally to bring some excitement into the final 5-10 minutes but Needham were able to keep us at bay and take a point.
Can we go two points better on Wednesday with the visit of Staines Town..?