Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Eastbourne Borough are coming

Eastbourne Borough arrive to the Grove for tonight’s pre-season Friendly.  The Conference South club will give us our toughest test of the pre-season and a chance to see our new charges work out.

If you’re a season ticket holder it is free.  If not the admission charge is £5.00 (Adult / OAP) and £2 for Under 12.

Kick off at 7.45.  See you there.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Carshalton 1 - 1 Tanners

Not the goalfest Richard Brady would have asked for but given the conditions still enough promise for it to be a worthwhile outing.

It was a hot day, hot enough for the ref to award FIFA style drink breaks, but the game opened at a fast pace with Leatherhead doing the most of the attacking.  After 20 minutes the game swung the other way with Carshalton on the front foot.

Perhaps this is what will disappoint the manager the most that not only did Carshalton produce a string of good chances for periods of the game they were in control.  Leatherhead could have struck to kill off some of this pressure but Rook blasted over from close range.  Miller did get the breakthrough, attacking down the left he broke free and slotted it into the far corner on 40 minutes.

Second half and Leatherhead came out firing again.  Rook was denied again at close range from so brave defending blocking the ball on the line.

In the closing 15 minutes Leatherhead came under more sustained pressure.   Leatherhead had to change both centre backs through injury then went on to make a triple substitution including the ‘keeper.  This may explain why the Carshalton striker was able to receive the ball on the penalty spot, turn and shoot to level the score.

Leatherhead had a golden chance moments later when Miller forced the ‘keeper into a good save but he could only parry it invitingly for a Leatherhead player to run onto and tap in.  The defender did enough to pressure the shot and it hit the post.

A draw then, but unbeaten and onto the next friendly at home against Eastbourne Borough then…

Travelling Tanners

Bom dia!  I am back from Brazil and Leatherhead are back in action today.  We’re off to Colston Avenue for a friendly versus Carshalton Athletic.

Leatherhead have been winning their friendlies but Richard is still looking for more.  A decent score line according to the local press…

Directions can be found here.  Kick off at 3pm and only a fiver to get in.  See you there.


Friday, June 06, 2014

Work party

On Monday a demolition company is coming to the ground to remove the pitch perimeter wall so the club needs to save the advertising hoardings around the ground.   Therefore there is a work party arranged for tomorrow at 9am.

There are plenty of other tasks to help out with too so hope as many of you as possible can make it to The Grove…

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Draycott leaves

Folkestone are promising goals galore in the Ryman Div One South with the signing of Draycott as he joins the ranks leaving The Grove for clubs to the east.  Perhaps the travel demands of the Premier are proving too much…

Rumour also has it we welcome back Louis Wells between the sticks who was with us in 2012.  News of new signings will no doubt wait until the players meet in July…

Friday, May 23, 2014

Getting friendly

The club has announced its initial tranche of friendlies as follows.  Often a few more can be sneaked in so keep an eye on the official site for updates…

12th July - Sittingbourne (a)
19th July - Corinthian (a)
26th July - Thamesmead (a)
30th July - Eastbourne Borough (h)
2nd August - Slough Town (h)


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Season ticket details

Details of next year’s season tickets are out as follows.

Membership - £25
As a member of the club you will be able to attend the AGM and vote on proposals (i.e. you will be influencing the future of the club).

Season Ticket (£170 Adults,  £120 Over 65s/Students & £55 Juniors (under 16))
Gives free entry to all home league games (not cup matches), home pre-season friendlies and Ryman Under 21 home League games, free parking within the ground on match days, with a parking permit and parking space allocated to you and includes all membership benefits above.

Vice President
As all of the above but with refreshments in board room before the game, at half-time and after the match.  Price options are Under 60 ten year member - £1,500 and Over 60 Life Member - £1,500 OR for Season 2014/15, £330 Adults and £210 Over 65s.

The club is also offering an Early Bird discount on season tickets if you apply before 2 July of £10 off the above prices.

Contact ra.bligh@ntlworld.com for the necessary forms!      


Monday, May 05, 2014

Folkestone pay the penalty...

Leatherhead clinch promotion and inflict the same penalty agony we had to endure four years earlier.  Bradbrook set us on our way.  A lob on 13 minutes beat the ‘keeper and gave us the deserved lead.  While we pressed unlike Guernsey the second goal couldn’t be found.

A half ******** time ******* team ******** talk from Cugley and the hosts came out firing.  Leatherhead were forced to try and hang on and tired legs finally gave way when on 87 minutes Folkestone equalized.

Extra time went the same way as regular time but without the goals.  Leatherhead, after regrouping, held their own but as the end neared Folkestone grew in confidence.

That confidence deserted them from the spot though with the impressive Ibrahim standing between them and success.  While Draycott under hit his effort Bradbrook, Coyle and Smith all scored.  Ibrahim saved two and his presence no doubt played a factor in the last telling penalty striking the post.

Promotion!  Time to start planning for some new grounds…