Friday, December 27, 2013
Thursday, December 26, 2013
Parkinson opened the scoring with an early goal. Then Bradbrook chipped just minutes before the end of the first half.
Leatherhead were comfortable and when Bradbrook added his second of the day it was time to enjoy Boxing Day before heading back and assessing what needs to be done at the club house... details of how you can do the same can be found here.
Hopefully the bad weather forecast for tomorrow can spare the club further damage...
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
If it is on it is at 3pm and the directions can be found here.
Meanwhile the clean-up operation goes on at The Grove...
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Saturday, December 21, 2013
Friday, December 20, 2013
Ramsgate arrive to a festive Fetcham Grove that is boasting a “happy hour” before the game as well as the football on the big screen. Ramsgate though are not feeling as festive as I thought they would as they sit in 8th. At one point I thought they would be up there in this lead pack with us but there is still time for a revival.
Hopefully Leatherhead can find their scoring boots to provide some festive cheer on the pitch after a goalless draw at Corinthian-Casuals deprived us of the “Jingle Bells” song away fans love to sing at this time of year.
Kick off at 3pm. See you there!
Saturday, December 14, 2013
Draycott came the closest in the first half. Running on to a lofted ball into the box, fired past the 'keeper but found the crossbar and the ball bounced to safety.
Second half and perhaps it was Corinthians in the ascendency. Certainly the ball spent longer in our half as it did theirs. Leatherhead will come away feeling that all three points should be ours though. Two penalty shouts went up with both not given.
The first with Draycott about to shoot he was barged off the ball with no real attempt at a fair tackle. Then Mo used some trickery in the box and went down, albeit theatrically, as he was caught by a careless flick of a tackle.
A couple of headers on target too could have won the game, one from Coyle really should have more of a challenge for the keeper rather than straight at him, but as it was it remained goalless.
The chance to go top was missed, not helped by Peacehaven giving Worthing a good thrashing. On to the weekend for the chance to make amends and enjoy a "happy hour".
Friday, December 13, 2013
The last away game before Christmas so drop the missus off at the Bentall Centre and pop back for this encounter. Leatherhead face Corinthian-Casuals tomorrow in the league knowing that a win COULD take them to the top of the league as Hastings play on Monday and Peacehaven have a tricky game against Worthing.
It is not necessarily easy for us. While we have our hit man in Bradbrook they have their own threat in Jamie Byatt who has notched up double figures this season so far, an ex-Tanner in Steve Barilli … and let’s not mention the bogey ground!
Kick off at 3pm. Direction can be found here. See you there.
Saturday, December 07, 2013
A break through eventually came when Draycott fired in a perfect curling ball into the box for Parkinson to latch onto. The header looped over the flapping keeper.
Before that Tom Bradbrook, who had bossed the game, nearly got his goal when a low free kick bent around the wall only to see it hit the near post, then the far post and then out. The 'keeper was a mere spectator until the ball bounced in his direction.
Herne Bay then did look the most likely to score but we saw it out for the three points and to climb to third.
Friday, December 06, 2013
Thursday, December 05, 2013
The first frosty game of the season and a game without Bradbrook. We opted for Leroy upfront and why not? He is scoring and proving to be a handful so a further chance to build on that.
Leatherhead were dominating the first half and had the edge when it came to splitting the defence with a killer pass. First Draycott was clear but the 'keeper got to it first then Leroy took his chance by just getting a toe to the ball to sneak it past into the far corner.
Second half and we started to labour a bit while Molesey grew in confidence. Leroy could have made it two by lobbing the keeper but his attempt lacked the power to evade the covering defender who made the important goal bound clearance.
In the final 10 minutes, while we did blaze over at close range, was mainly Molesey attacking and those with light socks were fearing extra-time... but we held on for the win.
Herne Bay Saturday, and the return of the goal machine?
Tuesday, December 03, 2013
Sunday, December 01, 2013
Leatherhead have a chance to redeem themselves against another Kent side on Saturday with the visit of Herne Bay on Saturday after a midweek Surrey Senior Cup tie against Molesey...
Friday, November 29, 2013
Their boss seems up for it. We're up for it. Should be a great game. Directions can be found here, kick off at 3pm. Good luck fellas.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Leroy with a start made it 1-0 in the opening 15 minutes. Josh Hill, on his debut from Dartford, made it 2-0. With Bradbrook getting yet another goal just before half time it all looked too comfortable.
So into the second half which took a dramatic turn. A subbed player took the advantage of the dressing room facilities and turned on the showers only to trip a fuse (allegedly) to send the ground in darkness.
Thirteen minutes later, and after some motivation from Tony Gale, Walton Casuals came back out firing. First they won a penalty then soon after it was getting close at 3-2.
However, when you need a goal Leatherhead can turn to Bradbrook and he delivered. 4-2 and it was comfortable again.
This weekend we are off to Folkestone...
Another big game for Leatherhead tonight. Early pace setters Walton Casuals are set to entertain us tonight and further warning signs that this could be a tough game were issued when they announced two new signings.
Two ex-Leatherhead players line up tonight for the hosts. Gabriel Odunakie, who seems to have a knack of scoring on his debut and Mo Maan in goal.
Kick off at 7.45 down by the Thames. Good luck fellas.
Monday, November 25, 2013
Now that the, albeit welcome, distraction of the FA Cups has passed Leatherhead have found a new rich seam of form that has seen us climb into the pack of title chasers rather than appearing like mere play-off hopefuls. Winning the big games is one thing but consistently beating those in the lower half of the table has been an Achilles heel but perhaps now have we cracked it?
Certainly when you have two players in form as we have in Draycott and Bradbrook we have a chance. Those two notched up a goal apiece in the first half we were on our way.
Second half and Tom Bradbrook made it Leatherhead 3-0 Sittingbourne after rounding the keeper and finishing well to further add to his impressive tally.
On to Tuesday. A big one again with a trip to one of the best pubs outside a non-league ground and second place Walton Casuals.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Southampton, Eastleigh, Guernsey. Three massive clubs that have had the joy of Matt Le Tissier playing for them and one of them are coming to The Grove tonight. The new high profile new addition to the league have stumbled a little bit with some draws but they are still creeping up the league.
Rod has broken the forum fatwa and announced a curry is on offer, so get to the Grove early and enjoy some pre-match sustenance.
Kick off at 7.45. Good luck fellas!
Saturday, November 16, 2013
Leatherhead were in an attacking mood. Kev Terry, Draycott, Eisa and Bradbrook all probing for the first goal. The first goal game from Smith when he ran onto a ball that cut the defence in half, slotting it past the stranded keeper. The chances kept coming but as the goal went begging the fear of a 1-1 draw was at the back of a few supporters minds.
Certainly this seemed to be the case where perhaps the hosts dominated the opening 10 to 15 minutes of the second half. It was Bradbrook that came to our rescue. Indecisive over which boots to where but clinical with his head. Heading back across the goal to beat the 'keeper.
Then Leatherhead won a corner when Eisa was bundled over but the penalty (taken by Smith?) was well saved. This was a brief respite for the 'keeper after Draycott was hit hard in a tackle that deserved a red. He got his own back by curling in a low fast freekick right onto the head of Bradbrook and he does not miss those.
Eisa managed to get his goal with a low hard shot in the box after Bradbrook fed the ball to his feet. The clean sheet bonus was saved when Three Bridges scored in the dying minutes but they were well beaten today.
Onto the visit Guernsey on Wednesday who slipped up today...
Friday, November 15, 2013
A trip Crawley way to visit our new friends Three Bridges. They are finding life in this league a little hard and while they sit outside the relegation zone they only have four wins to their name. They have landed a new striker though so their fortunes could well change.
I have heard Tuesday night was a hard game to watch and we offered little. I hope we improve in time for my return to these shores…
Kick off at 3pm. Directions can be found here. See you there!
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Two points dropped or a point gained? Given we played out the last 16 minutes with 10 men you could say we came off quite happy but given our promotion aspirations the inability to concentrate on the league is disappointing.
From reports received it was Burgess Hill who controlled much of this game. Hitting the post once.
A trip to Three Bridges on Saturday to help focus the mind…
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Leatherhead face Burgess Hill Town tonight in the league. No news on their site as to whether the pitch is in trouble. I assume it is fighting fit and well rested as they have gone after nearly three weeks without a game.
An early kick off for you tonight. It is at 7.30pm. Directions found here. Good luck fellas!
Saturday, November 09, 2013
Hayden’s season isn’t getting any better. His team of ex-Leatherhead players failed to make themselves at home as Draycott’s second half goal proved to be the difference.
Leatherhead climb into the play-off places and a trip to Burgess Hill on Tuesday to see if we can climb further…
Friday, November 08, 2013
Tomorrow (weather permitting) will see Merstham arrive to the Grove. The Merstham team reads like a Who’s Who of old Leatherhead favourites and friends. Hayden Bird also comes to the Grove with his Merstham side that are failing to live up to the promise they did in the pre-season when there was a revolving door stationed on the Epsom Road with many players heading to our old rival.
They are having a terrible run but represent a wounded animal to a side that can now “concentrate on the league”…
Kick off at 3pm. Good luck fellas!
Saturday, November 02, 2013
Friday, November 01, 2013
If Richard Brady needs to motivate the players then all he needs to do is place a few of his tweets on the dressing room wall.
Dulwich Hamlet have more than settled in the Ryman Premier League. They are sitting in second place behind Maidstone. This is going to be a tough game despite the obvious motivation of the petty abuse the Leatherhead faithful have received.
Directions can be found here. Kick off at 3pm. Good luck fellas.
Saturday, October 26, 2013
Leatherhead come back from a goal down to take all three points today at The Grove. Goals from Draycott and Griffiths get us back to winning ways.
No action until Saturday where we play Dulwich Hamandchipsonshoulders in the Trophy. Get there early to drink cans of drink outside anyone?
Friday, October 25, 2013
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Monday, October 21, 2013
After our exit from the FA cup I did not see this result coming. Travelling away to Lewes with league fixtures piling up I had a fear we wouldn’t be up for it but a good display saw us over the line.
Lewes took the lead but goals in either side of half time set us up into the next round. Draw today on the radio.
Friday, October 18, 2013
The FA Trophy and I don’t see eye to eye. I can’t get excited about it but now it represents one of our last hoorays in cup football this season. Should be quite a good gate though. Lewes are a well supported club who are no doubting looking to make us feel welcome.
Monday, October 14, 2013
Saturday, October 12, 2013
Fairy dust one week. Peter Pan the next but today The Lost Boys were put out of the FA Cup in emphatic style by our hosts Biggleswade.
Leatherhead played a defensive game. Bradbrook asked to work alone and it would seemed we had learnt nothing from our trip to Binfield. There two centre backs could marshal the exposed Bradbrook as the long obvious aerial balls were pumped in. Today was no different.
After some opening scares we held our own but we looked under par. Then on the stroke of half time Biggleswade got the opener and it was only a few minutes after the restart they made it 2-0.
Only then was Bradbrook allowed some more advanced support in the form of Draycott and it paid off. Draycott scored to put us in with a shout but then it fell apart. Biggleswade made it three within a minute and heads fell.
Two goals in the last three minutes confirmed today as a disaster but not many Leatherhead fans were there to see it. The writing seemed on the wall long before the fourth and fifth goal went in.
Good luck to Biggleswade. On to Lewes in The Trophy then…
Friday, October 11, 2013
The big one tomorrow. An away trip in the third qualifying round to a ground we have visited before. Biggleswade. In a recent radio interview their manager is quite happy with the draw. They have played 22 FA Cup games at their ground and only lost one. There within the remaining 21 lies a hidden story of a late Kev Terry equaliser and a win for Leatherhead in the replay.
We have Bradbrook back after being coaxed away by a Secret Sheikh deployed by Walton & Hersham perhaps. He spent the week in Dubai.
Directions can be found here. Kick off at 3pm. See you there!
Wednesday, October 09, 2013
Sunday, October 06, 2013
Friday, October 04, 2013
FA Trophy action tomorrow and the visit of Ryman Div 1 North opponents Harlow Town. They sit in 10th but have outscored us with an impressive 30 goals to their name. That is better than any team in our league.
Could be a mixed bag. The team has taken some knocks in recent weeks and the FA Cup waits in the wings so on the one hand I can see this being low on the priorities. Then on the other hand a couple of new faces enter the mix for a chance for them to impress. Only one way to find out…
Kick off at 3pm. Good luck fellas.
Monday, September 30, 2013
An outstanding performance tonight was rewarded with a well-earned point away at Hastings. A side crippled by injury sees a few new faces slot into the side. Obersteller (from Welling I believe) and Plean bolstering the side.
It started well too. Despite some early pressure Kev Terry’s pin point cross found an inform Bradbrook to put us in the lead. Lucky to have him on the pitch as the car he was in had a flat tyre on the way to the ground.
Hastings are having a good run themselves and managed get one back by lashing the loose ball into the top corner at close range. 1-1 at half time.
Second half and Leatherhead really started to get into their stride. It was unfortunate then that Ibrahim was adjudged to trip a Hastings player in the box and concede a penalty which was duly dispatched. 2-1 to the hosts.
It looked like our play was not going to be reward. A header saved cleared off the line and a long range effort well saved from Semakula just two instances of our dominance.
Then when it looked like it was going to be tough justice Bradbrook struck again. He managed to turned superbly onto Eisa's pass, before unleashing a 20 yard shot that shot past the home shot stopper.
A good point against a good side with promotion ambitions of their own. Onto Harlow in the Trophy…
Sunday, September 29, 2013
Well, it’s been a busy weekend for someone. Tomorrow Leatherhead travel to Hastings for a Monday night fixture. Something of a first for me and perhaps this is what lead to the confusion. Hastings sit above us in the league and, while losing to Merstham will be a low point for them, they pose a real threat. Directions can be found here kick off at 7.45.
Then onto the Walton & Hersham League Cup fixture which seemed to be slotted in on the Wednesday night. That has now been re-scheduled for Wednesday 9th October at Fetcham Grove. Kick off 7.45pm.
That means the next game at the Grove is against Harlow Town in the FA Trophy on Saturday, 5th October.
In all seriousness, we know Rod and his programme collection give up their time for free and do a bloody good job BUT if you want to join the full public enquiry please follow the hashtag #rodhasmuckedup.
Saturday, September 28, 2013
Obviously this unsettled us. Tait and Draycott playing with injuries with some others out of position. The side just did not look interested for long periods of the game. Quiet with no real leadership. Had it not been for Bradbrook we would not be in the hat on Monday.
Although Bradbrook did not have an easy opening 30-40 minutes. Binfield's centrehalves had him in their pockets while we lumped long high balls down the middle. Only when we pushed it into the corners in the last five minutes for him to chase did we start moving their defence and create some pressure.
Until then it was all Binfield. Their opening goal a ball pushed through the middle and calmly chipping the 'keeper. They went on to create three chances in similar fashion but they did not finish.
Second half and while Leatherhead were not quite as bad it was still Binfield in control. No one could see where a goal was coming until the 70th minute when the ball bounced to Draycott who had the composure to beat a keeper who was poorly positioned in the goal.
Binfield's keeper reacted in a way that signalled they now wanted the draw. Refusing to give the ball to Draycott to restart the game quickly. Leatherhead now started smelling fear and for the first time really took hold of the game.
While in the last five minutes they had some chances and but for a point blank save from Ibrahim they would have scored. In the last minute Leatherhead won a free kick about 22 yards out. As Bradbrook stepped up they home side seemed to panic, throwing extra men into the wall. The confusion was taken advantage of and Bradbrook bent the ball through a gap and past an unsighted 'keeper.
A win that even the hardest of Leatherhead supporters would admit was lucky and barely deserved. We're in the draw BUT will need to improve to take on some of the names left in the hat.
Friday, September 27, 2013
THIS is what the FA Cup is all about in my mind. We’ve dispatched with the familiar opposition and now we get to travel to a new ground and play in a competitive game.
Binfield are already pretty pleased with themselves over their run as they are into the second qualifying round of the competition for the first time in their history. Be warned, they want more though.
Warning signs must be shown at our end too. The last three results have seen us ship seven goals and gain two points against sides that a team with ambitions of promotion should be putting to bed.
What a match it promises to be. Directions can be found here. Kick off at 3pm. See you there!
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
After the blip of Saturday comes a chance to bounce back. Tomorrow sees our old friends Walton & Hersham come to the Grove during a challenging start to the season for them. That said, they are in better shape than Eastbourne who stole two points from us as an eye drifted to the FA Cup game (perhaps).
Kick off at 7.45. Good luck Tanners.
Saturday, September 21, 2013
It could have been so different though. While Whitstable issued an early warning it was Leatherhead on top and looking the most likely. The visitors appeared to be treading water when the goal finally came. A free kick found a Terry Butcher-esque Coyle who headed back across goal to a grateful Bradbrook. An assured header shot past the 'keeper, 1-0.
Two chances came about ten minutes either side of half time. The first one to Kev Terry who was set clear straight through the middle to a keeper on the edge of his box. His shot saved with ease. Then Bradbrook had a similar chance but out to the left with another player in support for a tap in. Again the shot was saved.
If Leatherhead's opening goal was straightforward from a set piece then Whitstable's was even simpler. Cutting out the middle man and heading straight in for the equaliser.
At 1-1 Leatherhead were no doubt looking for the winner but to some degree the referee had a part to play. Consistent in his decisions but overly officious, halting the game to have a chat here or replace the ball there. This allowed Whitstable to settle while we began to panic. The damage was finally done when a shot was lashed in from distance after bouncing over the diving 'keeper.
The hero of lastweek had a chance to level but this time Birchell blasted across the face of the goal. The first defeat of the season was notched up. A mid-table Walton & Hersham come to the Grove on Wednesday. Time to finish what we started...
Friday, September 20, 2013
It may not be an issue for some but remember the Tour of Britain comes to down, albeit early for Leatherhead, which results in rolling road blocks. Check here for details of how you could be affected.
Kick off at 3pm. Get on your bikes and ride!
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Here are his thoughts on his programme collections... oh and some other people talking about winning goals and stuff.
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Monday, September 16, 2013
Saturday, September 14, 2013
Where I have always been critical is the needless changes that have been made to winning teams over the last two seasons. I am sure some drastic changes had to be made to find Kev Terry at left back but why muck around up front? Tait, who has been linking up with Bradbrook so well, found himself in midfield and out of sorts to accommodate a new striker. A square peg in a round hole unsettled this winning side and Crashalton were truly on top.
The pressure told and Carshalton powered a header after a dominating possession in the final third. Leatherhead reshuffled with Kev Terry now playing on the left wing. We managed to gather a few passes into their half and had a ball bounce off the bar. Then on winning a foul out to the left, the resulting free kick was headed home by Bradbrook.
Second half saw Tait advance up front and Draycott back in midfield. It worked. Now it was Leatherhead on the front foot and applying the pressure. Tait lobbing a ball to Bradbrook to head at the feet of the 'keeper. He could only spill it into the path of Birchell who prodded the ball for a scrappy yet important goal.
Ten minutes later later Carshalton were down to 10 when their captain launched into a tackle and caught a Leatherhead player head on. Not a good day for them.
Get refreshing your twitter accounts Monday. We're there.
Friday, September 13, 2013
Get your tin foil out and start cutting cardboard. The FA Cup weekend is almost upon us. Ryman Premier opposition descend to the Grove in the second of the two early round draws we have known about for some time.
Our visitors are not enjoying life in the Ryman Premier at the moment though. Only one win to their name they sit joint bottom, but hold the phone. Leatherhead did not enjoy the last two minutes of their game against the bottom club in our league so let’s be on our guard for the whole 90 this time.
Kick off at 3pm. See you there.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Leatherhead will feel disappointed after letting a two goal lead slip in stoppage time. Two early goals from Kev Terry and Tom Bradbrook got us on our way but it all went wrong.
Kev Terry got things underway within the first few minutes scoring on our first attack. Bradbrook continues his scoring run by latching onto a cross and heading home inside the six yard box and powered it home.
From then it all seemed to be going well until Eastbourne started applying some late pressure. It told on the stroke of 90 minutes when they pulled one back. Surely the bottom place club couldn’t make a comeback? Sadly for Leatherhead they could and on the last kick of the game they pulled it back 2-2.
One eye on the FA Cup perhaps?
As indicated briefly below Leatherhead travel to Eastbourne Town tonight. Another team playing on a Wednesday night… all of those dual registered players both sides could be unrecognisable. Painful memories of the last fixture though for me. Not a great game and a missed wedding anniversary to boot. Needless to say I won’t be there tonight.
That said it could be a lively one as Eastbourne are having a tough start while we are looking in fine form. Sorry if I jinx it.
Directions can be found here. Kick off at 7.45.
Monday, September 09, 2013
We are trying to arrange a supporters minibus to Eastbourne Town on Wednesday night. Dickie has a few names but we are still a bit light to make it viable. The minibus will leave Fetcham Grove at 4.30pm on Wednesday and, assuming they can get 12 supporters, should cost around £10 per head.
Please let Dickie know ASAP if you would like to go (number to be found in the message board).
They aim to make a decision as early as possible tomorrow based on numbers so please look out on the message board for updates.
Sunday, September 08, 2013
|Brendon Cass||5||Faversham Town||Goal (5)|
|David Cook||5||Hythe Town||Penalty (2), Goal (3)|
|James Everitt||5||Ramsgate||Goal (5)|
|Richmond KIssi||5||Redhill||Goal (5)|
|Aaron Rhule||4||Merstham||Goal (4)|
|Ashley Robinson||4||Crawley Down Gatwick||Goal (4)|
|Charlie Walker||4||Peacehaven & Telscombe||Goal (4)|
|Connor French||4||Walton Casuals||Goal (4)|
|Dane Luchford||4||Folkestone Invicta||Goal (4)|
|Liam Wright||4||Crawley Down Gatwick||Goal (4)|
|Max Miller||4||Burgess Hill Town||Goal (4)|
|Soloman Pinnock||4||Tooting & Mitcham United||Goal (4)|
|Allan Tait||3||Leatherhead||Goal (3)|
|Gary Charman||3||Horsham||Goal (3)|
|Jamie Brotherton||3||Peacehaven & Telscombe||Goal (3)|
Saturday, September 07, 2013
This is all going rather well. Leatherhead climb top after Crawley Down Gatwick slip up while we pile on the pressure onto lowly Tooting.
It didn’t start that way though with Tooting’s Dalhouse rising uncontested to head home from a corner on 24 minutes. Could be the first defeat of the season?
No. Leatherhead started their surge with a deft header from Parkinson that lobbed the ‘keeper just before half time.
If the Tooting ‘keeper was embarrassed by being caught out by the flicked header worse was to come. The pressure was building for in the second half before we finally got the breakthrough. Tom Bradbrook got us on our way. He had already headed one ball at close range right at the ‘keeper but on his second chance he made no mistake. A squared ball across the box allowed him to tap in to the goal thanks to an over committed ‘keeper. It got worse for the shot stopped when he was beaten near post by Bradbrook again minutes later.
Perhaps the “shot stopper” was worried about where his near post was when Kev Terry struck. Freed from a brief spell at right back he advanced on goal from the right and powered his shot across the ‘keeper and it nestled into the side netting.
Mo Eisa topped all the goals. Taking the ball through the middle he worked some space some 25 yards out and hit the ball powerfully into top corner.
Eastbourne away Wednesday…
Friday, September 06, 2013
Friday, August 23, 2013
Leatherhead’s unbeaten run gets another examination when we travel to Redhill. After four games they have just suffered the one defeat and sit three points behind us.
Directions can be found here. Kick off at 3pm. Good luck fellas.
(Holiday for me this time!)
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Leatherhead secure a draw in an entertaining game away at Horsham. It did not start well for us though with us conceding our first goal in the opening minute of the game. Tait was on hand to level the scores with a composed finish on half time.
Horsham’s hitmat Charman put the home side in the lead against the run of play but Leatherhead hit back quickly with a stunning free kick from Jack Hobbs.
The clean sheet run ends but the undefeated streak continues.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Saturday, August 17, 2013
Not much here for the highlights reel should we go on and achieve something this season. That said both Leatherhead and their ‘keeper remain unbeaten.
There has been much talk of Leatherhead’s chances this year, but the visitors had either not heard the rumour or didn’t care as they came out confidently.
On the opening day of the season the game was decided by Matt Smart’s “worldy”, beating the keeper with a 30 volley. Such is the error of margin as, but for the width of the post, Bradbrook was denied from 35 yards by the woodwork. You can’t hope to win all your games from out there though.
Seven points from the opening nine is still a good start. Horsham on Tuesday, they won at Guernsey and will be confident going into this game…
Friday, August 16, 2013
What is more the club are tempting you down earlier with live BT sport brought to you. Well, on past form it will be showing Cash In The Attic but if you ask nicely they will turn it over for you.
I will be on a plane to Kazakhstan so will miss out on the first visit of our new friends. Kick off at 3pm. Хорошо кожевники удачи!
Thursday, August 15, 2013
Leatherhead go top with getting one more than the two goal lead they needed. That only really tells perhaps a third of the story as 6-3 in favour of the Tanners could easily have been notched up.
Leatherhead looked the most purposeful than they have in a number of months. Flowing forward nicely and creating chances. The first two chances came thanks to a ‘keeper who had buttered up his gloves prior to stepping out on the pitch. Twice the ball squeezed out to fall goal wards only for a defender and then the post to help him out. Kev Terry then found the net after going clear and finding the bottom corner. He was deemed to be offside.
The goal came from a swift move down the center, then out to the right and the following cross found Tait perfectly. Soon after Corinthians responded, hitting the post and then a defender on the line full in the face.
Second half. Both sides looking to score, Leatherhead perhaps the more composed although this was one of the best Corinthian sides I have seen in a while. It was down to Kev Terry to make it safe. A composed trademark finish, slotted under their keeper.
Two nil and we could dream of going top. What could get better? What about a delicate lob over the stranded ‘keeper from about 20 yards by Tait. Yep, that ought to do it. 3-0.
Corinthians still found time to hit the post again while Bradbrook's outside of the foot tap in was ruled out for offside. Good times return to the Grove!
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Saturday, August 10, 2013
The perfect start for Leatherhead on the road at Ramsgate today getting all three points thanks to a first half Smart screamer.
From the off Leatherhead were all round sharper with Ramsgate looking quite sluggish in comparison. Shortly after the half hour mark the dominance paid off when Smart found himself with a chance to volley about 30 yards out. In it screamed and set us on our way.
Ramsgate managed to respond in the second half and made more of a game of it. Indeed but for the woodwork twice they could have well scored as the piled on the pressure for the last 20 minutes.
Leatherhead were not to be denied though and the opening day win was ours. Wednesday, yes Wednesday, it is then for a visit of Corinthian Casuals…
Friday, August 09, 2013
|Burgess Hill Town||16|
|Crawley Down Gatwick||20|
|Peacehaven & Telscombe||50|
|Tooting & Mitcham United||50|
|Walton & Hersham||50|
The time for tittle-tattle is now over as Leatherhead open their campaign away at Ramsgate. There will be some time to enjoy the beautiful game without the pressure of the opening fixture as Ramsgate are hosting a National Football Day event with coaching and penalty shoot outs for kids.
Leatherhead have been scoring well in pre-season but with only one clean sheet (although this has been a feature of our pre-seasons for years) there will be plenty of work to be done at the back.
Directions can be found here. Kick off at 3pm. Good luck fellas.
Monday, August 05, 2013
Only 2 first round ties and Leatherhead have been drawn in one of them! It's a Walton double for the first two rounds...
Leatherhead v Walton & Hersham
Walton Casuals v Leatherhead or Walton & Hersham
For the full draw got to Percy’s post (from which I shamelessly stole this article!).
Saturday, August 03, 2013
Thursday, August 01, 2013
A fine win on the road for Leatherhead. As the hosts prepare for their first season in the Ryman Premier League in their history they have been scoring well. In a way that continued with two first half goals.
Leatherhead had all the answers though. Firstly through a piece of skill from Kev Terry. Tait then got a brace to welcome his return to the side.
3-2 would have been a good scoreline by Bradbrook headed home to make it 4-2.
Home game on Saturday to boot…
Another away friendly and quite the journey too from memory as we take on Thamesmead Town. It was certainly an eventful trip where the referee found himself the villain sending off at least two of their players.
Tonight should be a more sedate affair and a chance to build on the clean sheet obtained Tuesday night against Ryman Premier opposition. We will certainly get a test, they have scored 9 goals over their last three friendlies.
It is a 7.30pm kick off. Directions to be found here.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
A nice clean sheet to build towards the season tonight. Not an overly exciting game but certainly we were on top in the early exchanges. As Lewes grew into the game so it drew to a stalemate but Richard Brady can certainly go home the happier of the two managers.
Sadly a lack of team sheet means I cannot add a great deal of value. Rod was clearly showing preseason nerves and failed even to name the substitutes on the bench.
Bradbrook looked hard to handle for certainly the first. Tait got a start tonight. Oh, we had another youth team player in goal who did well.
Thamesmead on Thursday then…
The pre-season was looking a little bit skewed towards away grounds until this hastily arranged game was thrown into the mix to give us something to watch. Leatherhead have done well so far, although the first real test with a full squad only came last Saturday. This was won 3-1 against opposition at our level.
Tonight we face Ryman Premier opposition as Lewes make their way up from the south although the narrowly avoided relegation last year.
Kick off at 7.45. No ideas about the prices I am sad to say. See you there though.
Saturday, July 27, 2013
A well-rested Leatherhead side came out and gave a good account of themselves at VCD Athletic today. More of the first team as we would expect to see them were on show today with a starting lineup of Ibrahim, Pezza, Jezza, Coylie, Jenko, Semakula, Hobbsie, Tommo Parkinson, Smithie, O'Flaherty, Kev Tezza.
Leatherhead’s first half performance was simply too much for the home side. Goals from Hobbs, Smith and finally one from the local talisman Kev Terry. It was certainly a relief to hear Kev made it past Merstham without getting hauled in.
VCD pulled one back but Leatherhead’s first half dominance meant the damage was done.
Next up. A visit from Lewes. Yes. A game at The Grove!
Friday, July 26, 2013
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Monday, July 22, 2013
Tomorrow we travel to a club I have a certain soft spot for. I was picking up a bulky item I won on eBay and found myself and in their neck of the woods to took in a FA Vase game which they drew in the dying minutes.
A few months later they were under threat of eviction and asked for people to come to one of their last home games to support their plea. I am pleased to see we are returning to that ground tomorrow. I would love to be there but sadly I will find myself in Basel…
So far this pre-season campaign the club has hosted sides like Bognor Regis and Godalming and have lost 2-0 and 3-0. Should be a good chance to see the new team take shape.
Directions can be found here. Kick off at 7.45.
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
At last, they’re out. The Ryman League fixtures were issued today which sets up with an away tie to Ramsgate on 10 August. As usual we miss out on any kind of glamour Bank Holiday fixture with Chipstead visiting in August with us returning the favour on Boxing Day. News Day is Red Hill and Easter an away trip to Faversham.
Get your passports ready for 1 March 2014. We are off to Guernsey,
Don’t forget tonight is the AGM where you can hear all about the club’s ambitions for the season. It starts at 7.30 and you need to be a member to participate but I understand you can sign up on the night.
With the club issuing statements over Tommy and Dartford over the last few weeks it could be an interesting one…
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Another friendly for you tonight and this time we are off to Romford. Be sure you go to the right place though. My sources tell me it is at the Newbury Park venue (described here) and not at Ship Lane where they usually play. Also be warned it is a 7pm kick off!
Hopefully I will get more details of this game…
Sunday, July 14, 2013
Leatherhead get their preseason of to a winning start with a 3-2 win over the Kent based Corinthians. They were not pleased with the two sloppy goals they conceded but happy to come through a game played in hot conditions.
Not much news on our scorers other than Reggie Yembra got one on his debut…
Thursday, July 11, 2013
Tuesday, July 09, 2013
Today, well there or thereabouts, marks 10 years of The Lip! It started all those years ago when the then webmaster went to Bangkok never to return and I stepped in with an unofficial message board then the blog we know and love today.
Oh the memories. Here’s to another 10 years..?
Friday, July 05, 2013
Well. Not the kindest of draws for Leatherhead this year!
In the FA Cup, Tooting & Mitcham travel to The Grove in the Preliminary Round of the FA Cup, tie to be played on Saturday 31st August. If we get through that we will be a home against Carshalton Athletic in the First Qualifying Round, tie to be played on Saturday 14th September.
The FA Trophy is equally as cruel. First up is Harlow Town in the Preliminary Round with the winners travelling to Lewes.
Tuesday, July 02, 2013
The Ryman Official site runs an article where Hayden denies an increase in budget. Well, he laughs it off anyway.
He should mention, however, his love of Leatherhead players both past and present. In addition to the “Leatherhead three” Steve Sargent joins him, as does Jack Macleod and Greg Andrews.
There is a fella called Craig Tanner joining him too…