Play-off chasers quick in thought and action

Eastbourne Town v Leatherhead at The Saffrons April 24th 2013
Eastbourne Town v Leatherhead at The Saffrons April 24th 2013

Eastbourne Town’s last home game of the season ended in defeat to Leatherhead on Wednesday night.

Leatherhead, cheered on by noisy and good natured support, were looking to cement a play-off slot but it was the host side, buoyed by Saturday’s victory over Crawley Down, that started the brighter.

With Dan Smith pivotal to their attacking prowess, Town looked the more potent and Ethen Strevett had a glorious chance to open the scoring on nine minutes when he got in behind the Leatherhead back line, but a poor first touch saw the chance disappear.

The lively Ross Treleaven’s season came to an abrupt end on 25 minutes, as a hamstring tear saw him leave the action, to be replaced by Dan Bolwell.

Deep into added time, Leatherhead bagged the only goal of the game. Town’s defence missed chances to end a Leatherhead attack and Sam Blackman fired high into the net.

The second period saw the visiting side turn the screw and dominate possession and play. They started to look more like play-off contenders as they attempted to complete a league double over Town.

John Lansdale replaced the injured Smith on the hour mark but, for all their intensity, Town struggled to make chances against a side much quicker in thought and action.

Home ‘keeper, Josh Pelling, saved well from a Hutchings shot and, from the corner, Bradbrook headed inches over the bar.

As time started to drift away, a rare chance for Town saw Ben Austin head over from a Lansdale free kick and this was soon followed by the best chance for an equaliser, but Even Archibald’s header had the same fate as his skipper’s effort.

Town: Pelling 7, S.Crabb 8*, Sutton 7 (Archibald 77), Elliott 7, Austin 7, Strevett 6, Greenfield 6, Treleaven 6 (Bolwell 25), Curd 7, Smith 7 (Lansdale 58), Denton 7. Att:179 MoM: Sam Crabb