Mead edged out by promotion chasers
Corinthian Casuals 2-1 TTFC
A penalty and Richard Avery's second own goal of the season within ten first half minutes condemned the Mead to another frustrating road defeat.
It was a disappointing afternoon and in truth not the beat game that the Mead have been involved with against a side who since they knocked the Mead out of the Velocity Trophy before Christmas on penalties have lost just once in the League in thirteen games.
It was the Mead who had the first chance of note when Avo headed Ellis Green's corner wide. Within a couple of minutes though the home side took the lead as Oldham's run into the box was crudely halted and Uzun duly sent Lewis Carey the wrong way from the spot. It could easily have been 2-0 in the very next attack had Odunaike not missed a golden opportunity.
If the Mead though needed any confirmation that it wasn't going to be their day, it came at the midway point of the half when Casuals full back Morgan played a ball into the box that Avo could only turn into his own net. It was nearly three a short time later when Oldham was denied by a fabulous save from Lewis low to his right. The Mead almost pulled one back on the stroke of half time when home keeper Bracken misjudged a long free kick into the box and Jake McIntyre's shot went into the side netting.
Two behind going into the second period and still the Mead sadly couldn't create a chance worthy of note - indeed the visitors were grateful to Lewis for a second fine save to deny a Casuals break. Richard Pacquette's introduction with 25 minutes left for a limping Scott Kinch allowed a slightly more flexible front line but still Bracken wasn't forced into a save of note. Jake and Paul Vines did combine for Pacq to fie just too high but that really was as close as the Mead got until stoppage time when Vinesy looped header over the statuesque Casuals keeper. Despite nearly ten minutes of time added on, the visitors just couldn't find an equaliser and so its extremely frustrating back to back 1-2 defeats for the Mead against Play Off chasers. The Gaffer will be looking for a better return on Wednesday evening when the Mead welcome East Grinstead Town to Princes...
THE MEAD - Carey, Denny (Brand), Danquah, Kinch (Pacquette), Avery, McIntyre (Adelowo), Green, Anidugbe, Vines, Parish, Mendy
Sub - Ovenden