Southall’s away day woes continued on Saturday as they went down 2-1 in Isleworth in a bad tempered affair.
Southall dominated the early exchanges and deservedly took the lead after 17 minutes. Tesfa Lowe was put through by Ryan De Costa and after his shot was parried by the home keeper, Troy Bantleman was on hand to tap the ball into the empty net.
The lead was nearly doubled on the half hour mark as De Costa’s lob beat the keeper but bounced over the bar. The home side, having posed little threat previously, were awarded a controversial penalty six minutes later.
The referee, flying in the face of current convention, judged that Nick Law in the visitors’ goal had committed a foul after failing to deal with a cross and Trevor Dennison equalised from the spot kick.
Southall continued to be the stronger side and were unfortunate not to re-take the lead when, on 42 minutes, Lowe had a decent strike well saved and only a minute later De Costa had a 25 yard free kick tipped over the bar.
Southall allowed the more physical nature of the home sides’ play rattle them after the break and the game degenerated into a series of squabbles and niggly fouls and from then on, Isleworth looked the more likely side to take the spoils and on 70 minutes they duly took the lead.
After some neat play down the left wing, Manjinder Madhar found himself unmarked in front of goal and once the ball was played into him, he gave Law no chance from only six yards out.
As the game drew to a close Southall battled back, but created few chances. Dom McPherson had a shot well saved on 82 minutes and they very nearly equalised deep into injury time the ball bounced back off the foot of the left hand post during a huge goalmouth scramble.
The result leaves Southall in sixth place in the Middlesex County Premier League, still chasing their first away win of the season.
Southall are back in action on January 3 (2pm) when high-flying Hayes United are the visitors to Argyle Road.