Late late double sees deserved result
Shoreham 0-3 The Mead
The Mead snapped a three game losing streak with a fully deserved three points on the Sussex coast after the three time postponed League game at Shoreham was finally played on a great night for football.
A first half strike from leading scorer Paul Vines put the Mead in front and despite making numerous chances, the visitors had to wait until the 91st minute to seal the points when Laurent Mendy sprinted onto a through ball by steering the ball wide of the home keeper. Just for good measure, sub Danny Parrish then sprinted through to make it three nil with almost the final kick of the game.
The was a commanding performance for the Mead, with Scott Kinch rolling back the years to have quite possibly his best game in Mead colours this season, and after a fairly even opening, Richard Pacquette went close from Tom O'Connor's pass. Laurent then went close before Vinesy broke the deadlock on 21 minutes as Kinchy threaded a brilliant through ball for the Mead number nine to run onto and roll home.
The lead could have been better by half time as Pacq had a glancing header just wide; home keeper Broadbent made a great save to deny Tom; and just before the break Vinesy fired over when well placed after Kinchy and Tom had combined.
The second half began in the same way as Broadbent made a great save to deny Vinesy and then totally against the run of play, Shoreham should have levelled the score. Laing sprinted away looking suspiciously offside, and as Lewis Carey did well to force the striker, Williams Danquah sprinted back to clear the ball off the line.
The Mead then upped the tempo again - Tom and Vinesy both shot agonisingly wide of the post, whilst sub Danny was a coat of paint away from the edge of the box. Laurent was then put through only for Broadbent to force him wide so that he shot into the side netting, before the Mead defence got themselves in a horrendous mess and were relieved to see the ball bounce through the penalty area to safety.
Try, try and try again seems to be the Mead moto this season and so it was again as in the 91st minute, Laurent raced through and as Broadbent came out, the Mead's number 11 showed terrific composure as he rolled the ball home. The icing was well and truly put on the performance with the last kick of the game as Danny raced onto Vinesy's flick and found the net from the edge of the box.
A happy band of travellers made the long midweek trip home and now go into the last eight games of the season looking for a run to end the campaign in style.
THE MEAD - Carey, Green, Danquah, Kinch, Avery, McIntyre, Anidugbe (Brand), O'Connor, Vines, Pacquette (Parish), Mendy
Subs - Denny, Smith & Ovenden