Thursday, March 23, 2017
Sunday, March 19, 2017
A very familiar story for Leatherhead; a cracking first half and then capitulation in the second to allow the three points to slip away.
I like going to Enfield. Last time their crowd was buoyed a couple of coach loads of Belgian fans so I wondered what a standard game would be like but there is a very pleasant and welcoming buzz to the place. The pitch looked greener but still the occasional puff of dust to show the pitch was hard and dry again.
For the 20 or so behind the goal in the first half it was looking like the trip was worth it. Enfield could not cope with Jerome and Kadell and chuck in the threat of Carr up front we had them on the back foot. We got the breakthrough after Jerome worked some space on the edge of the box and had the audacity to try and lob the ‘keeper. It was inch perfect with their shot stopper only tickling as it sailed over him. 1-0.
We pressed on but the warning signs were there of what was to come. Namely with us mucking about with it at the back, trying to be clever and to waste time but Wells got mixed up and was forced into a rash tackle outside his area. A red card was expected but he got away with it and stayed on the pitch to pull off a fantastic save from the resulting set piece.
So, into the second half and the table showed us outside the relegation zone. All we had to do was play the same and we’d be OK, but that is not how it turned out. I am no expert but any threat we had down the wings suddenly dried up and we had no plan b. Perhaps Jimmy didn’t fancy any of the options on the bench as no change came until the damage was done, opting to clap encouragement.
The first Enfield goal was classic Leatherhead. A free kick on the edge of the box was directed to the back post where a player was completely unmarked and headed home.
The second goal, well we out Leatherheaded ourselves again but I have some sympathy. It looked like Kadell was fouled on the edge of the box but the ref played on; so from a dangerous position we find ourselves chasing the ball and they score from the breakaway move.
Subs did happen with about 5 minutes to go in drips and drabs – it was as if we were the team looking to waste time – but nothing came of it.
Back into the bottom four and we wait for a tough game this Saturday…
Saturday, March 18, 2017
While on a company conference we were treated to a motivational speech by the famous conductor and producer, Christian Gansch where told the story of how they played the concert of their lives in Berlin. Three days later they were in Paris in good spirits when the conductor them while setting up with a simple message, “Berlin didn’t happen”. The point being the past performance did not make it an automatic right that they would play well again and they had to prepare for the concert like any other.
At this point I should have been thinking about career paths or succession planning but my mind drifted to our plight following a good home win. While confidence is important, Enfield Town will pose a completely different audience. However we play, I hope they know their brass from their oboe.
Kick off at 3pm. Directions can be found here. See you there!
Thursday, March 16, 2017
A thoroughly professional performance gives us new hope.
Folkestone expected to win this one and were taken aback by our attacking positive football. Jimmy's Plan B of more direct football and cutting out the mucking around at the back, has reaped rewards quickly with 7 points from 4 games.
We were too hot to handle for Folkestone for much of this game and they frequently resorted to breaking up our attacks with cynical fouls. The referee let them off initially but grew tired of the persistent fouling and handed out about 6 yellow cards by the end of the game.
The new addition of Jerome Frederick made the difference last Saturday when he came on at half time and he opened the scoring last night with a cracker. We could have been 2 or 3 up at half time so there were still plenty of nerves when we went in with a slender 1-0 advantage. Folkestone livened up briefly at the start of the 2nd half but we regained our composure and made certain of the 3 points with a Daniel Carr penalty.
We now have a tough games at Enfield then home to Wingate & Finchley but if the players stay positive and maintain the energy levels there is no reason why we can't pick up points. How about 4 points lads?
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Kick of at 7.45. Good luck fellas.
Monday, March 13, 2017
2015 - 48 points - 24 teams (Lthd 10th 67 points)
2014 - 49 points - 24 teams (Lthd in Southern)
2013 - 41 points - 22 teams (Lthd in Southern)
2012 - 41 points - 22 teams (Lthd 18th 41 points - relegated)
Sunday, March 12, 2017