Tanners taken to Town in the dying moments
Leatherhead threw away a two goal lead as Eastbourne Town scored twice late in injury time to share the points from a 2-2 draw at The Saffrons on Wednesday night.
Tanners dominated the match but switched off in the closing stages as Eastbourne hit back with goals in the third and fourth minute of stoppage time.
No one could have predicted the match would end as it did after Leatherhead made a lightening start with a goal after just 40 seconds.
Tanners burst forward in the opening minute with Tom Bradbrook forcing a good block from Town keeper Greg Nessling, but the ball ran to Kev Terry who calmly slotted home from the edge of the box.
Leatherhead followed up with two near misses in the next couple of minutes as they tore through a shell-shocked Town defence.
Bradbrook saw a shot come back off the inside of a post before Paul Semakula fired wide of the same post in the next attack.
It was no surprise when the visitors’ doubled their lead after 17 minutes following a well-worked move down the right.
Semakula found space to deliver the ball forward to an advancing Liam Pestle and the Tanners captain chipped a cross into the box for Bradbrook to head home from close range.
Leatherhead dominated possession but quickly resorted to route one football, seeking out Bradbrook with long balls down the middle.
Town wised up to these tactics, using two or more defenders to keep a tight rein on the tall Tanners striker.
However, Leatherhead should have wrapped up the three points with another good chance falling away after 73 minutes.
Matt Smart drove a free kick into the Eastbourne area but an unchallenged Bradbrook headed over from close range.
Town never gave up and showed signs of what was to follow with a breakaway move after 88 minutes.
The ball was driven across the width of the Leatherhead goalmouth and an unmarked Andrew Mensah fired wide from five yards.
Eastbourne stunned Tanners with a goal in the third minute of stoppage time, when Nathan Daly broke clear down the right and his cross was met by Mensah’s header which flew into the net.
Town sensed a point was up for grabs as they threw more men forward in search of a late equaliser.
Tanners lost possession straight from the restart and Eastbourne levelled before the visitors knew what had hit them.
Billy Medlock broke clear down the left and, with no one prepared to challenge him, found the net with a shot from the edge of the box.
There was barely time for the referee to restart before blowing for full time, leaving a bemused Leatherhead side to wonder how they had managed to concede two goals in injury time and drop two valuable points.
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