Sep 18 2012 By Zhen-Kuang Goh
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FA Trophy Preliminary Round: Northwood 0- Leatherhead 4
GARY Meakin bemoaned his side’s inability to convert their dominance into goals as they were dumped out of the FA Trophy on Saturday.
The Northwood boss admitted his side were not clinical enough in their 4–0 loss to Leatherhead but claimed the scoreline was not reflective of the performance.
“We dominated the first half other than in the first 10 minutes when they got the goal they needed,” he said.
"In the end it looks one-sided because we gave them their second and third goals by bad defending.
“Fair play to them, they put the ball in the back of the net and we didn't. We keep saying the other teams are clinical against us and we're not, so maybe that needs to change.”
Things started off badly for the hosts as they were put on the back foot early when Leatherhead's Chris Boulter headed in from a corner after just seven minutes.
Northwood appeared to lack creativity going forward early on but as the half wore on things looked brighter for the home side as they went into half-time trailing by a single goal.
However two quick strikes from Greg Andrews and Mark Simmons within ten minutes of the restart put the hosts on the back foot.
Northwood’s problems were compounded when defender Brad Hewitt was forced off with a dead leg and a late Elliot Thompson effort completed the scoring.