Tanners have a hard earned point snatched away in the last minutes tonight against our local rivals. Painful stuff after we equipped ourselves relatively well for good 80 minutes of the game.
Tanners looked reasonably comfortable at the start of this game. We perhaps even had more possession although Ks certainly had the best early chance, their striker blasting the ball into the leisure centre from close range. Their goal was a lovely sweeping move that carved as apart and was well finished and at which point you might have expected the floodgates to open.
Not for the first time this season Leatherhead responded. There is an online profile for Karagiannis that states he has a “sweet left foot”. Ks would have done well to read this in advance as he shaped with his right, then switched to his left just inside the box. His powerful shot bent in from outside the post into the top corner. A bemused looking ‘keeper picked it out of the back of the net. You don’t save those.
Karagiannis was in the thick of the action moments later. Another shot whistling over the bar. Then he was fouled just inside the box with the defender straddling the line. The ref must have decided with one of the defenders feet outside the box it was not a penalty. The free kick missed by a country mile.
Second half and it was pretty even but as it wore on there was a feeling Ks were going to snatch something. They were placing us under increasing pressure and our clearances were getting more hurried. We had our chances and Ks had their dives… their no3 was at it all game and should have been booked when feigning he was clipped when clearing the ball with the Leatherhead player nowhere near him. Their striker was booked for diving moments later.
They did get a penalty at the death though. No complaints with that though. A raised hand in the box stopped a cross and the resulting penalty was finished by sending Wells the wrong way.
Disappointing but no time to dwell on it, Hornchurch visit Saturday…