Away campaign ends with great win
Whyteleafe 1-3 The Mead
The Mead’s final away game of the produced possibly one of the best away performances of the season as three points were taken from an artificial pitch for the first time this season.
After defeat at Carshalton, and draws at Cray and Walton Casuals, two goals from top scorer Paul Vines and a low drive from Bode Anidugbe sealed a 3-1 triumph and gained some revenge for the Surrey club’s 3-2 win at Princes in January. Ironically though, if Danny Parish hadn’t complained of a soar foot prior to kick off, he and not Vinesy would have partnered Richard Pacquette up front. But all over the pitch, there were excellent performances from those dressed in Blue and White as the home side were on the back foot almost from the start.
Twice in the opening exchanges, Jake McIntyre went close to adding to his recent goals – firstly his header was cleared off the line by Simeone and then a free kick went a yard wide as it bounced through the penalty area untouched.
The visitors took the lead midway through the half as Bode and Laurent Mendy combined well for Bode to drill home from the edge of the box leaving Whyteleafe keeper Merson wrong footed.
The goal rallied the home side into life and Lewis Carey had to be at his best in the Mead net to twice deny Simms in quick succession and then to brilliantly palm Bola’s low shot aside. Laurent then forced Merson into a super block before Bola missed a sitter at the other end firing wide with the Mead goal at his mercy!
The home side were tough level before half time as a misunderstanding between Lewis and Ellis Green saw the ball drop to Graham who rolled the ball into an empty net leaving the Mead protesting what both Ellis and Lewis considered a foul by Bola.
Whatever the Gaffer said in the visitors dressing room at the break certainly worked wonders as within a minute of the restart Vinesy beat keeper Merson to a through ball to knock the ball into an empty net to put the Mead back in front before moments later Vinesy effectively sealed the triumph shooting into the bottom corner from the edge of the box.
Try and they might the home side couldn’t get back into the game which was largely due to the outstanding Richard Avery and Joe Denny and the incredibly hard working Scott Kinch who brilliantly controlled the midfield. It was only in the closing stages that the home side rallied and Lewis was called upon twice more to deny Bola on two different occasions.
So one game left for Mead and they go into the final game looking for the eighth place finish and possibly a century of League goals…
THE MEAD – Carey, Green (Brand), McIntyre, Kinch (Smith), Avery, Denny, Mendy, Anidugbe, Pacquette, Vines (Parish), Danquah