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Leigh RMI 0 Gravesend & Northfleet 0


The Fleet

By Matt Lawton
April 12 2003

A totally inept performance from all parties involved at Hilton Park resulted in a dour 0-0 stalemate, which proved to not be much use to either side. Neither side deserved more than a point in a mind-numbing game, although RMI were lucky to escape on at least two occasions when the visitors missed golden opportunities with Stuart Coburn, for once, stranded.

However, the main talking point in the Mick Martyn Bar was of a totally clueless Wirral referee who seemed to try his best in making an already poor game even worse. He infuriated the RMI faithful with several perplexing decisions that left more than one on the terraces just as clueless as the man in the middle. Consistency just didn't exist and it will be a total injustice if Leigh RMI manager Mark Patterson doesn't report him to the Conference commitee, although the man in the black could not be held responsible for RMI's shortcomings.

Leigh usually start quite slowly, but that was no excuse for RMI failing to have a shot on goal until well in to the second half. While the visitors played neat, although ultimately fruitless, passing football, RMI lacked any imagination and creativity and seemed intent on only hoofing the ball forward in the hope of either Keith Scott or Ged Courtney getting on to the end of it.

Leigh failed to create a decent opportunity until well into the final quarter when substitute striker Neil Campbell, who had been relegated to the bench after a terrible performance in Monday night's 3-1 home defeat to Dagenham & Redbridge, fired across the face of goal. Whether it was a shot or cross was irrelevant as nobody failed to connect with the vital touch to divert it home. This proved to be RMI's only clear cut chance of a hugely unproductive game.

RMI will certainly have to improve dramatically in attacking departments before next week's notoriously difficult visit to Edgar Street to take on Hereford United.

In all honesty, there was only one positive aspect from today's game, although it isn't very satisying....at least Leigh came out with a point.

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