Monday, January 26, 2015

Tonbridge Angels 0 - 3 Tanners

The watch word behind the goal was “under-play” on Saturday.  Leatherhead under-played their way to victory by seemingly just doing enough frustrate the hosts.

The first chance of the game fell to Rook.  It looked like it wasn’t going to be his day at all when he was pulled up for the patented “Rook-grapple” deep in midfield.   Then a tempting cross was sent to the far post for Rook to head but he decided it was perhaps too high and ducked under it completely.  The defender, understandably, was not prepared for this and it bounced off of his shin straight back to Rook who was now faced only with a stranded ‘keeper.  Rook’s approach to the shot was as deliberate as a golfer approaching a tee shot off the 18th at the US Open.  Ensuring his body was correctly positioned and attempted the odd practice swing.  With the space now closed down he turned passed out of the box as if he was a cultured defender playing it out from the back to send the right back on his way down the wing.

Rook made amends shortly after.  Hughes-Mason broke free down our right and slide a ball just beyond the keeper straight to Rook just a yard out in the middle of an open goal.  He doesn’t miss those chances and so we were 1-0 up.

Second half and the game picked up.  Our hosts probably had the better of it but Leatherhead were just too organised at the back and there was always someone to make the last telling tackle.

Our second goal came from a breakaway after we had soaked up a spell of Tonbridge possession.  Hugh-Mason took charge of the ball down our right, who played in Nwokeji down the middle who in turn fed Vas the perfect ball on the left.  Vas, now through on goal, was presented with a chance he thrives on and the second goal flew in off the far post.

More Tonbridge pressure resumed until a less dramatic breakaway move saw Vas in a similar position albeit with more defenders around him.  His powerful shot was parried into the path of Nwokeji who finished to make it 3-0 and signal much of the 396 who attended to start leaving.

As the final whistle blew the hopeful message of “The Only Way Is Up” from Yazz played to the local support who chose to see out the last 10 minutes.  Leatherhead would no doubt quietly admit to not being quite so ambitious.  Sticking at 14th will do us fine….

Friday, January 23, 2015

Travelling Tanners

Richard Brady has denied he is twitching his bottom going into this game but it is a big one.  Tonbridge Angels sit just two points behind us with a game in hand.  Sure, we’re 9 points above the relegation zone but that gap can soon be closed.

Tonbridge, strangely, is a new ground for me so I am looking forward to this one.

Kick off at 3pm.  Directions can be found here.  See you there!


Sunday, January 18, 2015

Billericay 2 - 0 Tanners

Boy, those Billericay supporters are a tough bunch to please!

Despite a historic victory over non-league footballing royalty they still sang "We're just a pub team from Essex" after the final whistle. Come on guys, don't put yourselves down.  Craig will sing you his little nursery rhyme after the game to cheer you up.

Leatherhead will feel hard done by not to get anything out of this game. For the first 30 minutes we were the more likely to score with Stacy going close a couple of times and Vas always a threat.  Unfortunately, we conceded a goal shortly before half time followed by a superb goal from distance just after.  From then on Billericay defended resolutely and we huffed and puffed but we couldn't blow the house down.

Despite the cold and the infantile goading of our strikers by their defenders, it wasn't all bad.  We weren't queuing to cross the channel, and we had the reassurance of knowing that we would soon be returning to our comfortable homes in the Surrey Stockbroker Belt.

(Report by DominicWJM)

Friday, January 16, 2015

Travelling Tanners

A-ring-a-ding-ding!  We’re off to Billericay tomorrow for league action after, quite frankly, stuffing up our last chance of winning a cup in the week.  Suspensions will no doubt mean we will be without much of our regular defence to make matters worse.

Billericay will be looking for a double.  Last orders!

Kick off at 3pm. Directions can be found here.  Good luck fellas.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Tanners 2 - 3 Ashford Town (Middlesex)

A woeful 2nd half performance saw Leatherhead crash out of the Surrey Senior Cup to a team not only 2 leagues below them but also not even in Surrey!  A local Doctor described the performance as "downright embarrassing and borderline unacceptable" and few would disagree.

Richard Brady had put out a strong side with just a couple of new names in midfield. During the first half we cruised to a 2-0 lead and the biggest concern was the cost of printer cartridges and whether Ashford's shirts were turquoise or cyan.

However, this Leatherhead side are never more vulnerable than when 2-0 up and so it proved again. The midfield and defence simply fell apart and conceded 3 quick goals. No one was more surprised than a substituted Ashford player who emerged back into the tunnel after a quick shower to be greeted by the good news shouted across the pitch by the 'keeper.

With no teams left in the last 8 of this competition from a higher level this was a golden opportunity for some end of season glory. The Ryman League Cup Final was a fantastic evening and after all football is about winning trophies.  Supporters were left wondering If the players and management cared about winning the Surrey Senior Cup as much as we do.

(Report by DominicWJM)

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Ashford Town are coming

Surrey Senior Cup action tonight with the visit of Ashford Town (Middlesex) tonight.  This represents our last cup competition and one that suddenly becomes more enticing.  With Merstham beating Sutton we and Met Police remain the largest clubs in the competition.

We are not without our problems though.  The recent red cards could no kick in and we could be without a number of key players…

Kick-off at 7.45.  Good luck fellas.


Saturday, January 10, 2015

Tanners 1 - 1 Met Police

A hard fought point against a robust Met Police who clearly have ambitions of promotion this season.

Before the game you’d be forgiven for forgetting there was a game on.  A sit down lunch for the players of 1975 with the FA Cup in the corner of the room looking on as if to say “look at what you could’ve won”.

Back to the game and Leatherhead equipped themselves well in the first half.  The only moan was the home side felt the referee was very much out to protect the visitors and blew up for players seemingly doing nothing but holding their ground.

Second half and it could be argued the Met Police had the better of it, but hardly enough to call it “run of play” as has been tweeted.  The goal did come from a blunder though.  The ‘keeper tried to clear a back pass but scuffed his effort straight to Stacey.  He opted not to try and shoot from distance into an open goal but to pass to Vas who was through on goal but now with the formidable presence of the ‘keeper back in place.  His perfectly placed shot gave the ‘keeper no chance and so we took the lead.

The game seemed to amble along until the visitors were given a rather soft free kick a few yards outside the box.  The wall could have done better as the ball was knocked a couple of yards to the right to change the angle then shot powerfully into the bottom corner.

We did seem to survive a penalty shout for handball and the ball hitting the post before a coming together of Smart and a Met player saw a red card for the latter.  The extra man meant we dominated possession in the final 10 minutes but it was not converted into a winning goal.

Still. A good point and now Ashford (Middlesex) arrive Wednesday for the distraction of the Surrey Senior Cup.

Met Police are coming

The game is on! FA Cup in the bar. Football on the pitch.
Kick off at 3pm. See you there.