There's still time for Whyteleafe to over-turn 3-2 League Cup deficit (From Richmond and Twickenham Times)
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There's still time for Whyteleafe to over-turn 3-2 League Cup deficit
10:59am Monday 28th October 2013 in Sport
By Chris Layton
Whyteleafe went down by the narrowest of margins at Phoenix Sports but still have it all to play for in the second leg of this League Cup affair.
Leafe twice came from behind but the ambitious home side managed to snatch a narrow 3-2 lead ahead of the trip to Church Road this weekend.
Leafe manager John Fowler was missing three strong midfielders in Jason Thompson, Jensen Grant and Bentley Graham, and will be hoping to see the return of at least one or two of them in time for the next match.
The opening goal came for the Phoenix Sports on 18 minutes, via a fierce strike from the Southern Counties League top scorer Ricky Freeman.
Whyteleafe tried to get back on level terms for the remainder of the half but had to be satisfied with a one goal deficit at half time.
Shortly after the break however, Roscoe Dsane found himself in space outside of the box – he took a quick touch of the ball before firing a ferocious shot on goal, which left Phoenix keeper Dean Nash no chance.
The joy was short-lived however, as just three minutes later Freeman was on hand to finish off a good passing moving in front of Sheikh Ceesay’s goal and the home side were back in front.
But Leafe still had goals in them and equalised a second time, this time with a little bit of luck, on 68 minutes.
Sam Clayton’s speculative shot from the edge of the box to the far post should have been dealt with by Nash, but the ball rebounded unkindly for the keeper, off the back of defender Chris Hill and over the line with the Phoenix keeper stranded.
Phoenix were determined to finish the leg at least one goal to the good and Miles Dorset again made Leafe pay when 15 minutes from time he managed to squeeze in a third for the home side.
But as Phoenix Sports chairman Andrew Mortlock conceded, there are an awful lot more goals left in this tie.
Whyteleafe: Ceesay, Tommy Smith (Williams), Penfold (Johnson), Abraham, Leacock, Broomhead, Fowler, Thornton (Pratt), Dsane, Clayton, Taylor Smith.
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