Leatherhead put Merstham to the sword yesterday and got rewarded with four goals and three points. It was clear from the opening minutes that Leatherhead could go on to demolish Merstham yesterday, with our host's defence straining and having to bring in the referee and assistant to help bolster it... a goal ruled out for a dodgy offside and two good shouts for a penalty turned down.
Ibz has returned a much improved player since joining Maidstone and his run of scoring continues as he calmly found the bottom corner. Woods too has impressed as his powerful shot found the other corner... the ball coming to him via a clear handball (make that three penalty misses, ref).
The officials realised that defending wasn't their forte, so opted to attack and awarded a weak penalty. With a hand delicately placed on the striker's shoulder, his feet slipped out from under him and the ref could not wait to give it. 2-1.
Travis is back to his best and calmly slotted away our third and off to the tea bar to queue as only one person was working on it, despite the increased crowds on Non-league Day.
Second half and it was more of the same. Mensah broke free after performing an outstanding role of controlling midfield and got our fourth. The ref had given up on Merstham by this point and awarded us an equally laughable penalty, but DSane did the sporting thing and smacked his effort against the post.
The intensity did drop off as substitutions were made but we remained very much in control until the end. This only left the final whistle and Merstham manager, Barry Hayles (a man who put Southampton out of the League Cup once) to somehow find room to blame the officials and complain for several minutes instead of recognising his own inability to control our attacking formation.
Hornchurch it is Saturday then...