Damaging defeat to Bullards Leatherhead
The blues slumped to their second defeat in 3 days after suffering a narrow and hard-fought 1-0 defeat to Leatherhead
Leatherhead FC gained a vital win which all but assured their status in the league, however a frustrating performance from the Blues mean that they still have their league status to play for when the face promotion-chasing Bognor Regis.
The Met started off strongly, with most of their attacking play revolving around winger Roman-Michael Percil. Early on Lloyd Macklin played the ball out wide to Michael-Percil, who weaved around the defenders but his eventual shot was saved by Louis Wells. The Met’s best chance of the half fell to defender Ollie Robinson, who lost his man at a free kick but headed narrowly over. Leatherhead vitally took the lead in the 29th minute, striker Luke Moore lofting his header over a helpless Brannon Daly following an in-swinging free kick by Kadell Daniel. The Blues were unable to break down a resolute Leatherhead defence, led by Paul Semakula. Ryan James attempted to drill a free kick in from far out, but failed to hit the target.
Half-time score: 0-1.
The Blues resorted to a direct style of play in the second half, relentlessly pumping Leatherhead’s box with crosses. Long throws by Ollie Robinson caused chaos in the box, and in the 60th minute following a long throw a half-volley from Rob Bartley was agonisingly cleared off the line. Ollie Robinson himself proved to be an aerial threat on numerous occasions, but lacked the conviction to equalise for the Met. Leatherhead’s task was made more difficult in the 80th minute when Saidou Khan went off injured. With no substitutes left to make, Bullard’s side were forced to see out the game with 10 men. Leatherhead had one chance to double their lead shortly after, when Daniel orchestrated a counter attack with a lovely through ball. Rob Bartley was able to throw himself in front of the resultant shot by Callum Davies. The Blues must have realised it wasn’t to be when in the dying minutes of the match Charlie Collins had a half volley from close range valiantly blocked by the Leatherhead defence.
Final Score: Met Police 0-1 Leatherhead
A post match interview with manager Jim Cooper can be found courtesy of Bernard Kasparas using the link below:
Jim Cooper Post Match Interview