Another high scoring encounter at Met Police but it will be the home side that will be the happier after we threw away a two goal lead.
Leatherhead started this game by far the more comfortable. Stacy Long, a non-league Marion Pahars, and Matt Smart were pulling the strings in midfield and Rook winning flick-ons for Hughes Mason and Karagiannis to run onto. It was therefore against the run of play that the Met opened the scoring. A sloppy goal from my point of view. A cross from deep found one striker alone on the penalty spot who guided his looping header over the stranded ‘keeper. This shook Leatherhead and for about 5 minutes we were second best to everything.
Leatherhead did regroup and start launching some attacks and went on to build a 3-1 lead. The equaliser coming from Karagiannis who was put through clear on goal, he looked to have taken it too wide but his clinical finish went under the ‘keeper and in off the far post.
Leatherhead thought they had the second moments later when the ‘keeper could only parry a shot on the edge of the box into the path Hughes Mason who tapped in with ease but he was adjudged to be offside. Moments later he got his reward when a whipped in ball was flicked on by a defender onto another surprised Mat Police player whose touch laid it off perfectly for another simple tap in.
It got even better when a cross to the far post was met by Avery and there are few defenders that can deal with his heading ability. It looped back over the ‘keeper for a healthy 3-1 lead.
Second half and Leatherhead seemingly had nothing to fear. We were on the front foot and Met Police could barely string a few passes together. Then on about 15 minutes something changed. Their number 5 who had a torrid time in the first half was switched to right back and all of a sudden he could play and was delivering quality crosses. The breakthrough came when one Met Polices found enough room on the edge of the box to shoot. Now most of Met Police’s long range efforts only troubled the cricket game in the field behind but this one screamed past Wells.
Leatherhead fell into to hang on mode and a string of defensive substitutions were made. I could see why as there was a point in the game when four tackles were pulled out of in a row so Brady probably wanted a bit more bite in midfield. The problem was that we couldn’t keep playing the long ball anymore as we no longer had the pace to chase… but we did and so the pressure grew and grew until they got the equaliser with four minutes to go.
It didn’t look like Met Police were happy with just a point and they tried to get the winner but managed to hold on and even force a corner but it came to nothing.
We would have taken a point before the game but definitely another game of what might have been. Billericay Wednesday it is then…