Saturday, April 19, 2014

Burgess Hill are coming

An inform Burgess Hill come to The Grove in this Easter Weekend fixture.  They suffered a slight set back of losing to Faversham but they will think they have a chance of sneaking into the top 5 with the last three games to play.

Meanwhile a win for us could make sure of our runners up spot.

Kick off at 3pm. Good luck fellas.

Monday, April 14, 2014

CDG 0 - 5 Tanners

Leatherhead were welcomed to this new ground by a friendly bunch considering the run they have been on.  On the pitch they were equally as accommodating as it is clear they have yet to bond.  A defender referring to the man between the sticks as “keeper” as opposed to “Smudger” etc.

Bradbrook and Theo were left on the bench for this encounter, pushing Parkinson into the no 9 shirt.  It soon paid off with him collecting a cross at the edge of the box and stroking it low past “Keeper”.

There is one thing we can learn from this game.  Avery is good in the air.  He had already thundered one into the feet of the man on the post and soon after he leaped through a defender to score the second of the day.  The third goal moments later came from Avery heading down towards Jerry who prodded home.  He celebrated in disbelief he had scored.

Darren Smith was given an opportunity to make it four on 40 minutes.  A free-kick right on the edge of the box sailed into the top right hand corner.

Second half and the damage was done.  The home side were not looking dangerous and so we went about our business at a leisurely pace.  Avery added a goal to his tally from an instinctive strike some 15 yards out.

No one wanted a goal more than Kev Terry but it didn’t go his way.  Theo came on and could have scored a couple but luck was not on his side either.

Burgess Hill come to the Grove Saturday hoping to keep any chance of them making the play-offs alive.  A win could give us the runners up spot…

Friday, April 11, 2014

Travelling Tanners

With top spot now confirmed as being out of reach all that remains to do is finish second to ensure home advantage is retained going into the play-offs.  That good fight continues tomorrow with a trip to Crawley Down Gatwick.  A team that was flying at the start of the season but have drifted away alarmingly.  So much so a whole new look team has been created to keep them in the league.  I hope they don’t click into life tomorrow!

Kick off at 3:07.  A new ground so see you there!  A list of the new players for your reading pleasure is below…
 
Baff Addae from Thamesmead Town
Alex Addai from Carshalton Athletic
Karl Akehurst from Eastbourne Town
Fope Coker from Tilbury
Wade Eason from Peacehaven & Telscombe
Akwasi Fobi-Edusei from Horsham
Thomas Hughes from Tooting & Mitcham United
Jide Maduako from Cray Wanderers
Romone McCrae from Redhill

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Herne Bay 2 - 0 Tanners

Well that was disappointing.  Leatherhead lose to a second half brace allowing Peacehaven to claim the title.  Now all bad news as those below us too struggled.

Leatherhead could have built up a safe lead after a series of missed chances.  Leatherhead were also accused of being a tad too robust as the home side made all three changes to accommodate injuries.

Herne Bay then went on to punish us with a double from Jordan Casey.

A rare week off now until we travel to a new look Crawley Down Gatwick…

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Travelling Tanners

Leatherhead travel to Kent again to play Herne Bay who will be equally drained after beating Crawley Down Gatwick on Thursday night.
Kick off at 3pm.  Location here (no directions on their site from what I can see).  Good luck fellas.

Friday, April 04, 2014

Whitstable 2 - 3 Tanners

Richard of Arabia masterminded a welcome win in Kent thanks to a last minute Kev Terry tap in.  It look at first like it was going to be a formality with Draycott hitting the inside of the post in the first few minutes and their defence looking all at sea.  So typical of a wounded animal that 20 minutes later they slotted one in from the edge of the box.

Leatherhead responded well with a stooping header from Draycott levelling, but then we seemed to take our foot off the pedal and they forced a number of corners to put together some pressure of their own.

Second half and we began to dominate so no surprise when debutant Richard Avery scored with another header.  2-1 and perhaps we could finally think the three points were ours… but then in a rare foray the home side won a free kick 30 yards out which was expertly bent into the back of the net whilst our wall still seemed to be lining up.

This buoyed Whitstable and moments later they carved us open only for their striker to inexplicably hit the post from 5 yards when faced with an open goal.  Both sides had decent half chances, until in the last minute of injury time Eisa went on a mazy run, the ball found its way to Kev inside the box, he juggled it past the keeper and tapped home to much elation from the visiting few.

Herne Bay awaits…

(based on Dickie’s match report)

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Travelling Tanners

Leatherhead travel into the dust bowl of Whitstable tonight in a rare Thursday night outing.  They must be playing catch up as they beat Eastbourne 3-2 on Tuesday.  Leatherhead fans may as well find a nice B&B to stay in as they will be returning to that neck of the woods Saturday with a trip to Herne Bay.

Kick off at 7.45.  Directions can be found here.  Good luck fellas.