No2 Coach Uche Ibemere was given the reigns in the second game of a double header. His first big change was to put Katana into her favoured midfield role and Casey donned the gloves.
Despite the downpour, Croydon started the brighter. Oke pace was being utilised well and an early turn and shot was well saved, bouncing out to Singh on the edge of the box, whose first-time half volley was well caught. Casey plucked a high shot from under the bar and hoofed the ball clear to Webster, who controlled and turned sublimely, finding Singh who squared for a shot that the Leatherhead keeper again saved.
Croydon were soaking up the pressure and countering well. In a bizarre muddy goalmouth scramble Katana, Singh and Oke all had shots blocked, the keeper pushing the last attempt wide.
The Greens rode their luck and had a string of corners themselves; the first Casey came out and punched against Webster’s head and out for another corner which Øvrevik then headed out for another. Natasha Wright and Siobhan McCay were terriers, snapping at heels and breaking up the Greens rhythms.
Half time 0-0 with the Trams the better side.
Once again it was a hungrier more direct Leatherhead that emerged from the half time talk. In their first real attack, their centre back pushed into the Croydon half and scored an absolute scorcher from over 30 yards that Casey had no chance of saving.0:1.
Moments later another great shot forced Casey to finger-tip onto the bar. Croydon still pressed and won a corner from Oke, yoyo-ing up and down on the left. It was taken short and Singh saw her shot headed out. A low grass cutter was taken well by Casey, growing into the keeper role.
Katana was revelling being back in midfield and some lovely touches and waltzing passes stretched the structured set-up of Leatherhead. Croydon were pressing for an equaliser with Fangawa on the right. Dyduch was re-introduced and forced another corner after great play by Singh, who was on song, and Gregory who was in the thick of the action. Somehow the extra possession wasn’t converted into clear enough chances, and despite a battling performance, leaders Leatherhead got the points they needed to be crowned Champions.
POM: Kacie Nadison Singh, just pipped it over Matylda Katana, covering every blade of glass.