Monday, August 21, 2017
Friday, August 18, 2017
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Monday, August 14, 2017
Friday, August 11, 2017
Saturday, August 05, 2017
Thursday, August 03, 2017
Wednesday, August 02, 2017
Our guests ply their trade in the Southern League Premier Division so it should be an even match.
Saturday, July 29, 2017
Friday, July 28, 2017
Thursday, July 27, 2017
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Monday, July 24, 2017
Saturday, July 22, 2017
Friday, July 21, 2017
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Friday, July 07, 2017
Monday, June 26, 2017
The pre-season fixtures are out. They have some of the usual ones (Corinthian away) and some new grounds to visit (Canterbury, Glebe and Sheppy). Given the new manager, it is a shame we couldn't get AFC Wimbledon down to the Grove and give them a chance to finally beat us…
8th July 15:00- Vs Bromley (River Lane)
11th July 19:45 Vs Woking (River Lane)
13th July 19:45 Vs Sheppey Utd (Away)
15th July 15:00 Vs Corinthian FC (Away)
21st July 19:45 Vs Canterbury (Away)
22nd July 15:00 Vs Glebe (Away)
26th July 19:45 Vs Godalming (Away)
29th July 15:00 Vs Hayes and Yeading (Away)
2nd August 19:45 Vs Basingstoke (Fetcham Grove)
5th August 15:00 Vs Kingstonian (Fetcham Grove)
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Friday, May 05, 2017
Wednesday, May 03, 2017
Tuesday, May 02, 2017
Monday, May 01, 2017
Sunday, April 30, 2017
Chris Boulter, Mu Man and Josh Gallagher represented the Tanners on the field. Off the field the Tanners were well represented by many familiar faces, even an ex manager who had masterminded an embarrassingly easy play off win over Dulwich 6 years earlier.
The first half was dire, but flew by as yet another informal fans' forum developed in the little stand behind the goal. It was similar to the previous three forums in that no one knew any solid facts (or were hiding them behind secret agendas). Words were muttered whilst carefully checking who was around you......leases, car parks, lux, shares, BlueGold, roofs, toilets, etc etc.
Finally, we bored ourselves stupid with these conversations and moved onto discussing the poor quality of the game, and how badly it needed some magic in the form of a Kadell Daniel or a Jerome Frederico.
Casuals had by far the better of the 2nd half but spurned numerous chances, much to the annoyance of the increasingly foul mouthed Casuals supporters who must have been on loan from Chelsea. It was a difficult decision to stay for extra time and witness another 30 minutes of dross. Penalties were a welcome relief. Dorking prevailed and the pitch was swamped by at least two of their celebrating supporters.
That just left the run to the car park to beat the queue of traffic, and thoughts returned back to the mystery announcement due on Tuesday, or maybe Wednesday, or maybe....oh for God's sake!!
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Sunday, April 23, 2017
The meeting was positive, attended by over 30 supporters, and the overall message from those in attendance was we have been in a worse situation; and tell us what is wrong and we would try and fix it. There was life in the old girl yet.
With that in mind, one of the outputs of the meeting was a letter to the Board requesting that the 9 May meeting be used for information, a chance to lay out all the facts, and hold a subsequent meeting (or period) to vote. This was signed by 15 members, which exceeded the 10 required under the 2000 constitution. I was told that this may not be relevant under the 2013 constitution but I believe the request to be reasonable for the Board to consider in their meeting this week.
While everyone in the meeting was in favour of exploring ways to remain at Fetcham Grove I did speak to members who felt the game was up; Fetcham Grove had been allowed to decline too far. The one area that unites both camps is seeing both the proposal and the reasons as to why our current ground is beyond repair.
Tomorrow night may give further insight into this as Laurence and Gerald host a Q&A session in the bar at 7pm...
In the first half, the visitors had more of an edge about them. Just after the 15 minute mark, a ball into the box was handled and a penalty awarded which was coolly dispatched. We had our chances, and a diabolical short corner routine, but the first half ended 1-0.
The second half brought new vigour into Leatherhead and we looked to take the advantage. The strike that levelled it at 1-1 was either goal or fluke of the season which came from a short corner (which pains me to say), as Jerome lofted a ball into the area that beat everyone and found the back of the net.
Harlow struck back with 15 minutes to go from a well directed header which sent their 'keeper into a bout of smug celebration directed... a celebration that went on to haunt him.
First of all Nana was played in and lashed in a powerful shot into the bottom corner. 2-2. Not so smug. Then as we play the last minute of injury time a shot hit the hand of a defender which played in Jerry. While he was deemed onside due to this second phase of play he must have believed he was way off (as did the defence) such was the nonchalance of his strike. It went under the now devastated 'keeper to end our season with a 3-2 win.
Leatherhead marched off the pitch full of hugs and selfies (but no punches) and somewhere a WhatsApp group is created called "Ex-Levred" with perhaps 7-8 participants. I doubt we will see such a talented bunch that ended our season for a long time.
Friday, April 21, 2017
Now that the hard work on the pitch is almost over, our thoughts turn to affairs off of it and the important decision that lies ahead.
A group of supporters have come together to explore the feasibility of remaining at Fetcham Grove. This is not to simply oppose or block such a move but in order that all of the costs, benefits, risks and opportunities are understood when making such an important decision.
Therefore we are hosting a supporter led meeting tomorrow, before the Harlow game, at 2pm in Leatherhead Cricket Club for all fans / members. This is just to gage opinion and to outline what we believe we need to do over the next two weeks.
I am reliably told the bar will be open and we look forward to seeing you there.
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Monday, April 17, 2017
Sunday, April 16, 2017
Friday, April 14, 2017
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Monday, April 10, 2017
Friday, April 07, 2017
Wednesday, April 05, 2017
Tuesday, April 04, 2017
Sunday, April 02, 2017
This was the first game in charge for the unlikeable, uncouth, former pub side manager of Billericay, Craig Edwards. He had called his new side to the ground an hour early to allow extra time to shout, swear, and threaten them.
K's are having a nightmare of late. They have lost their last 7 games and accumulated just 2 points from the last 11 games. With Craig's expletives doubtless ringing in their ears, K's started the game like startled chickens who had just spotted a fox entering the coop.......running around all over the place like their live's depended on it.
The Tanners looked confused, reluctant to join in, hoping we could play total football instead. But we were left with no choice other than to get stuck in and play like a Sam Allardyce side rather than a Jimmy Bullard one. We got to half time goalless without too much alarm except for the length of the tea bar queue staffed by a solitary lady.
It looked likely that this game would be won with one scrappy goal. In fact it was won by 2 scrappy goals to 1 scrappy goal with our scrappy goals from the immense Jerry Jerry and the impact sub Nana. Jubilant scenes followed the final whistle after a very nervous last 5 minutes.
There isn't much time to enjoy our 3 point cushion which could very quickly evaporate as we travel to Dulwich on Tuesday. They normally run us ragged at their place in front of a 1,000 or more urban bohemians looking on smugly.
Travel Tip: Go to McDonalds before the game if you are hungry as the burgers are £8.50.
Saturday, April 01, 2017
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
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
Saturday, March 11, 2017
Monday, March 06, 2017
There are better sides than Leatherhead who will make the trip south and come off worse that a 1-0 defeat but flattery does not get you points on the board.
While Leatherhead looked far more composed at the back than a few weeks ago the pressure told and Bognor got their goal midway in the first half. It was now a case if we could respond and get a goal back.
Wells kept us in it with a fantastic save but we failed to snatch a goal that would have kept us within three points of safety (given our goal difference).
No midweek game but a very important game to focus on this Saturday…
Saturday, March 04, 2017
Leatherhead have a tough test on their hands today. Bognor Regis Town sit on top of the league, albeit with a game not in hand, and with a healthy 27 goal difference. While we have kept two clean sheets in a row that will be put to the test today.
Meanwhile Sudbury host Folkestone in what could be a crucial tie for our survival hopes…
Kick off at 3pm. Directions to be found here. Good luck fellas.
Monday, February 27, 2017
After going practically 75% of the season with only two clean sheets to their name, they have now doubled that tally in the last two games. The latter a credible draw against a side pushing for the play-offs in Tonbridge Angels, thus completing a mediocre double of drawing both games against them.
If there is hope for our survival it won’t come from this draw alone but the change the style we are now playing. No more inviting pressure by constantly overplaying it from the back; Louis Wells can now get his boots dirty and pick out a player further up the pitch. The endless sideways movement around the box has been replaced with more purposeful attacks, giving the other team something more to think about. The end result is a more entertaining game and a few points on the board. Pity it took until nearly March to work this out.
It could have been more though but for the visiting ‘keeper who pulled off two fantastic saves. Kadell looked like he had scored in the first half when he picked out the top corner from a powerful volley but the ‘keeper responded and tipped over. Then in the second half Jerry prodded a ball into the bottom corner but again we were thwarted.
Wells was called into action notably once to keep us level and take us within two points of Sudbury.
Dulwich will have a replay in the Trophy to contend with so that trip will have to wait. Just Bognor Regis to look forward to on Saturday then….
Friday, February 24, 2017
The stark reality of the situation is starting to hit home now. We are going to need to pull off some stunning results between now and the end of the season if we are going to stay up.
There is no better place to start that Tonbridge Angels tomorrow at home. Last time we played them it was an entertaining 4-4, but I doubt our visitors will be as charitable tomorrow.
Kick off at 3pm. See you there!
Thursday, February 23, 2017
In the bar before the game a fellow Leatherhead fan reeled off a few stats. Up until this game we had only kept two clean sheets, both against the same team Merstham. Not a good indication that you will stay up if you can only prevent one other team in the league from scoring against you. Further analysis showed AFC Sudbury are the only side we are realistically likely to pip to the post for the safety spot so a win today was crucial.
Leatherhead certainly approached the game slightly differently. It appeared less show-biz, slightly more direct and purposeful. AFC Sudbury, perhaps jaded from the long mid-week journey, had little in response but of course we had our scares.
Our opening goal came from a long ball down the middle (at last!) and the pace of Nana who rounded the ‘keeper and had an open goal in front of him. All he had to do was tap it in; tap it in with his left foot and this is where the fun began. He took his time, switched it to his right, took an extra touch and then another to avoid the returning defender.
“I don’t believe it!” I heard myself say amongst the panic behind the goal. A Victor Meldrew moment born of so many frustrating moments watching Leatherhead cock it up this year. Thankfully he composed himself in time to get his goal but his left foot became something of a theme. There was a good shooting chance in the first half that was shunned and in the second half there was a mix up in the AFC Sudbury defence that saw him in front of goal with the ‘keeper and two or three defenders all stranded… all stranded just to the right of him. Rather than switching it to the left and rolling into another open net he opted to go right and then right again as he ran into more and more trouble. Let’s leave the Nana bashing there; he worked hard and got the goal but it was a surprise he didn’t hop off when substituted.
Back to the game and the second half where we lived in fear it would all go wrong again in this end to end game. We should have been comfortable but for some reason the chances were being missed. Then came our salvation.
Callum Davies swung in what looked on first inspection an innocent looking cross but he picked out the run of Kadell Daniel who volleyed superbly past their ‘keeper to make it 2-0. Of course, Leatherhead being 2-0 at any point of the game does not guarantee anything but AFC Sudbury looked suitable wounded that a fightback seemed unlikely.
On to Saturday and the visit of Tonbridge Angels…
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
I looked online for the odds and AFC Sudbury are about 3-1 for tonight. I am not sure if that is for them to win or to turn up as this fixture has been plagued with misfortune…
…which leads us nicely into our year so far! 2017 has been nothing short of a disaster so far and with Harrow winning 4-0 last night the picture is looking increasingly bleak. Oh for a win tonight!
Kick off at 7.45. See you there… I promise!
Friday, February 17, 2017
Advance clearance was needed before considering making this trip to Lowestoft Town. This could be six hours of driving with only 3-1 beating to break up the journey if recent performances are anything to go by.
Let’s look at the positives though. It’s a new ground… and… well, we did play well at Tonbridge Angels where we went thinking it would be a wasted trip so this may be the kind of game we bounce back. There is a coach going, so the travelling support should be in good voice too.
Kick off at 3pm. Directions can be found here. See you there.
Saturday, February 11, 2017
Under Sandmann we were ill-equipped and lacked the players to cope with the Ryman Premier League. Under Jimmy we have the players but lack the motivation and / or defensive discipline to win the important games and look certain to slide into the Ryman League South if 2017 form is anything to go by. Start planning your trips to Walton Casuals.
The performance in the first half was workman like. Not too gung-ho but we showed enough about us to carve out two good chances; forcing the ‘keeper into a good save and clipping the bar from a deft lob.
Then the warning sign. When under no pressure we give the ball away in our third of the pitch and presented an open goal. Wells came to our rescue and we can only hope they had learned their lesson.
They didn’t. Into the second half and we over play it at the back and pass it straight to their striker, whose powerful shot beat Wells near post.
Leatherhead did get one back. Some smart work from the sub Nana set up Carr in the middle of the goal who had to dig it out of the mud a little but found enough power to find the back of the net.
Then Leatherhead make the same mistake again, giving the ball away in a dangerous position and presented another open goal. 2-1. This disheartened the side and really we were treading water for the rest of the game with no spirit.
Burgess Hill players embraced when the final whistle went; they knew how big the game was. Pity no one told Jimmy and our players that.
Another crucial game and hopefully the weather or traffic conditions won’t get it called off.
The one thing we could not hold off any longer was the three point deduction which has put us back in the chase for relegation.
Kick off at 3pm (please check twitter and the RAC for updates). See you there.
Wednesday, February 08, 2017
AFC Sudbury make the long mid-week trip to Fetcham Grove in this crucial encounter. They sit just one point behind (or two ahead) and with a game in hand.
For the game against Canvey the first half showing was so poor that Jimmy must have laid down the law in the dressing room and let them think about it, as he waited outside the bar with a face like thunder. I hope he will not need to play such mind games tonight as drawing these games is becoming increasing unacceptable.
Kick off at 7.45. Good luck fellas.
Wednesday, February 01, 2017
Well. How to write this lot up? Trying to recollect the events of tonight is going to be practically impossible as there is only so much you can take in during a 90 minute game of football.
The first thing I recall is the ease in which Tonbridge opened the scoring in the opening minutes of both half. Both goals shots from distance catching Wells off-guard. Tonbridge were in an equally charitable mood and gifted Leatherhead their first goal. A long ball down the middle was misjudged and allowed Hamons to run on unmarked and slot past the ‘keeper. The goal was awarded to Carr, I’m not sure why.
Then a wonder strike (or a lucky cross) when Daniel who fired in a lofted ball to the far post and in it dipped. Ty Smith added to the joy by being afforded too much space in the box and his powerful – yet placed – shot found the side netting.
3-1 up at half time and we went into the bar to contemplate the state of Jimmy’s coat and the prospect of a 3-3 draw. This looked ever more likely when another audacious lob was attempted and scored by Tonbridge from distance in just the opening couple of minutes. Their third goal I don’t recall. I think a player dashed into the box and fired into a corner.
Their forth was a real eye opener. I have no idea what is taught in training but I wonder how much time is spent organising the defence. I say this because we have Jerry (former player of the season) and Howe (non-league player of pedigree) at the back there but to allow their striker so much space to head a goal is shocking. No organisation nor awareness of the danger and it happens all too often. Jimmy was incensed and got sent to the stand. Perhaps upset that the move came from the ref getting in the way of a Leatherhead pass and inadvertently chesting it into the path of a Tonbridge player.
We were not done yet and Ty Smith scores another goal I can’t remember. It escapes me as we could have won the game. Daniel Carr went on a hell of a run – Michael Owen and Argentina springs to mind – and was through on goal. We rushed to the barrier assuming a match winning cuddle was imminent but he opted for the surprise element of shooting near post instead of the inviting far post where the goal was gaping. Three Leatherhead supporters, two Dulwich supporters (!?) and a players father stood a gasp.
Very much a game of what could have been and now a weekend without a game to dwell on it…
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Sunday, January 29, 2017
In the early moments of the game the ref asked for “nothing silly” from the players while defending a corner. Wishful thinking as the usual slapstick defending was close at hand.
This corner came during a period of Leatherhead pressure. By pressure I mean playing the ball horizontally about 30 yards out with the occasional shot at goal. Pretty to watch but without much threat. The fateful corner was won just after 7 minutes and was swung straight into the impressively tall ‘keeper. His confident catch resulted in an equally confident kick up field where we came up short. A wild swing of the boot hit only air allowing their striker to run through on goal and put his shot away. This was pretty much the theme for the remainder of the second half and, but for Wells, the guests could have been three or four up.
Somehow we managed to stumble into the second half just one goal down and it took us about 10 minutes to truly find our feet. Then we did start to play by opting for a more direct style of play and using our pace to stretch the team who have a goal difference of -35.
On the hour mark we levelled. Some smart work down the left allowed our player to pick out a clinical pass just wide of the post. It fell to Carr who had the simplest of jobs to tap in. He was through one on one with the ‘keeper moments later but his low shot was well saved.
This was a game we had to win but, as we have with other teams around us, we only managed a draw. Off to fifth place Tonbridge Angles on Tuesday night then…
Friday, January 27, 2017
A mild night should allow the frozen pitch to thaw so we can get this game played tomorrow, but a freshly thawed pitch may create the sticky conditions that will make our punchy passing game difficult. Not a bad thing based on recent results.
Canvey Island are a side we simply have to beat. They sit in the relegation zone and are five points behind us so, given the three points could be coming off imminently, it is a nine pointer of a game.
Kick off at 3pm. See you there.
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Monday, January 23, 2017
I misread text made me believe the game was called off and by the time I realized it was too late to get there. A lucky escape. Despite Leatherhead’s coveted strikers and one man advantage we simply lacked the application, leadership and desire to get a win.
Wingate & Finchley have strung together a few nice results. Since Boxing Day they have drawn 1-1 with Havant & Waterlooville and Dulwich. They have beaten the sides around them. We on the other hand have only managed to draw with the sides near the drop zone and lose to those above.
It does not help when you cannot keep a clean sheet and it is no wonder why. A long ball from the ‘keeper sends their winger on an almost free run down their right. A cross into the box and an unmarked player taps it in. Hopeless.
On the half hour mark, the ref decided Leatherhead needed some help so asked a Wingate player to take an early shower. The old adage of it being harder to play against 10 men suddenly comes to the fore as for the remainder of the first half.
Leatherhead did rally for the second half but you could hardly describe their second as a “sucker punch”. From a throw-in Wingate moved the ball around the box with ease; Leatherhead standing there like statues with no commitment to close anything down. The invitation was accepted and the shot was rifled into the roof of the net from some distance. You see them end up in the car park but we got what we deserved.
A goal by Carr may have offered some excitement for the 99 people in attendance but it was too little too late. Back to the Grove Wednesday for the all-important game against AFC Sudbury.