Friday, January 18, 2019

Worthing are coming!

Worthing travel up the A24 for this league fixture.  Our guests are flirting with the play-off places, but got the cold shoulder in the week when they were at the wrong end of a 4-1 beating at the hands of Dorking Wanderers.

Leatherhead's mixed form continues.  It is anyone's guess as to how we get on against a team looking to bounce back.

Kick off at 3pm.  See you there.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Corinthian-Casuals 2 - 1 Tanners

Leatherhead complete an unfortunate double, losing 2-1 home and away to Corinthian-Casuals.  For the first seven to eight minutes we were sensational and could have notched up a healthy 3-0 lead had we taken the clear chances that fell our way.  We put away our third chance when the 'keeper could only pat Shaun's powerful shot into the path of Wallace who placed the ball into the back of the net.

At 1-0 there was a certain feeling that the rest of the game would be academic - Leatherhead meant business - but that soon dissipated as we went on to play 80 minutes of mediocre football.

The hosts played their part, applying pressure for ten minutes where they looked very dangerous but we appeared to have weathered that storm when they struck.  They broke away from our corner and slotted it past Zak.

Fifteen minutes into the second half and Corinthian-Casuals took the lead.  A cross and a tap in doing the damage this time.

I am not saying this game was boring but my son informed me seven trains passed by during the game.  I wish he had alerted me to this sideshow earlier as it could have spared me watching Leatherhead surrender possession within midfield with alarming regularity.  I could have admired the latest South West Trains livery instead of the slumped shoulders of players that looked very much beaten.

So it is home to Worthing next Saturday.  No trains to watch but we are on a flight path, so passenger plane spotting could be on the cards...

Travelling Tanners

Lock up your referee assistants, we are going to Corinthian-Casuals.  We travel to Tolworth in search of a little bit of revenge.  In the home game, in truth, we were bullied a bit by a side pumped up on the injustice of a dodgy penalty.  They also took their chances where we fluffed our lines.

The table proves to be as dynamic as ever this year, with us returning to the comfort of mid table but a loss would send our hosts above us.

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

Saturday, January 05, 2019

Tanners 2 - 1 Potters Bar

This game was quickly chalked up to be a "must win" as a loss would see our guests go above us while make the relegation zone loom large.  Therefore both clubs set out with the task of who could look more average.

Potters Bar certainly looked more average than us, by virtue of the fact we were looking distinctly lacking in most departments.  The warning signs were there before Potters Bar scored, in the end a simple through ball and a confident finish made it 0-1.

Thankfully Leatherhead upped their game.  Dan Gallagher bossed midfield while Travis looked lively.  It was through Travis we equalised; latching onto a calmly placed Jerry pass to beat the 'keeper near post.

Into the second half and Leatherhead looked a lot better and it wasn't long after the restart we made it 2-1.  Amoo, back to his lively self, sent in a perfect ball for Olutade to get his head onto.  Normally we would expect a diving header to fly over the bar but he found the roof of the net to score a goal to be proud of.

The ref', who had quite a good first half, then took centre stage,  Leatherhead would feel they could have had two penalties, certainly the second appeal looked more certain when the defender took out Sean first before even getting close to the ball. 

Try as he might, the ref' couldn't bring about the equaliser - despite some good pressure from the visitors - and the must win was won.

Corinthian Casuals next week, I hope it is a calmer affair than the last game...

Potters Bar are coming

After the disappointment of the Mole Valley derby, we entertain Potters Bar today and a real chance to get back to winning ways.

Potters Bar have enjoyed a similar journey in the league to us; sitting just one point behind us.

Kick off at 3pm, see you there.

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Dorking Wanderers 2 - 0 Tanners

In a match of David and Goliath, The Goliath of Leatherhead was slayed by the Dorking David; armed only with a sling, a free ground and a squad heavily subsidised by Denbies.

I have to say, I felt like an old man entering the ground.  Reminiscing of the natural banked terraces that could easily cope with a large crowd.  This new modern stadium seemed to lack this (the camber of the area behind the far goal seemed to ebb away, reducing the opportunity to view the game for example)  and would surely fail to live up to the 2,500 capacity it boasts.   A ten minute delay was needed for a crowd 1,000 shy of this.

Leatherhead did not really threaten.  We had a shot on goal that looked certain to beat the 'keeper that went wide but other than that it was either tame or direct at the 'keeper.  The first half was dominated by a ref that loved the attention and dished out yellow cards for not much really

Dorking hardly set the world alight but were clinical when needed.  Sole latching onto to a through ball in the first half and a clinical finish in the second.

No New Year's Day game for us; we are home to Potters Bar on Saturday...

Travelling Tanners

Finally Leatherhead get to play this rearranged fixture from March, and a chance to finally see Dorking's publicly funded new stadium.

Dorking started the season as the pacesetters but have dropped away in recent weeks.

Kick off at 3pm.  In the £1-an-hour car park by 11am.  See you there.

Friday, December 28, 2018

Tanners 1 - 0 Carshalton

A last gasp winner to warm the hearts of the Leatherhead fans who are scratching their heads over what has gone wrong this Christmas.  Normally Santa brings you presents, but this year the fat bugger appears to have made off with D'Sean and £30,000 of FA Cup winnings.

The first half was difficult to watch.  Firstly, we changed ends and played towards the Leisure Centre end which means you miss some of the game when going to the queue for the tea bar.  Also, Leatherhead continued to play some overly ambitious long diagonal balls that were cut out with ease.

Second half and we managed to string some nice moves together and looked a lot more threatening.  When Gallagher struck the bar and the follow-up blasted over it looked like our it wasn't going to be our day (Carshalton also hit the woodwork) but we found a way to break the deadlock.

The sub made a massive difference.  Rob Cullen came on and just added the composure required in these situations.  Then in the last minute of normal time a ball was swung into the box that saw Sean, Ibrrahim and a defender converge on the ball.  Some thought Sean had headed it home, I thought it was an own goal, but tit was Ibrahim with the decisive touch.

On to Saturday, and the much awaited trip to Dorking Wanderers and their flash new ground...


Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Carshalton are coming...

Shhh... don't tell the club they've forgotten to rearrange this fixture for 10am. This Boxing Day game kicks off at the optimum time of 3pm at should see a big crowd come to The Grove.

If you can have a bogey team after just a couple of games it would be Carshalton. A clear handball on the line went unpunished in the league fixture, while a stunning comeback saw us knocked out in a bizarre penalty shootout.

With a 2-0 defeat in the game before Christmas, Leatherhead will say their bad form is behind them. Oh yes it is... oh no it isn't...

Carshalton are coming...

Shhh... don't tell the club they've forgotten to rearrange this fixture for 10am. This Boxing Day game kicks off at the optimum time of 3pm at should see a big crowd come to The Grove.

If you can have a bogey team after just a couple of games it would be Carshalton. A clear handball on the line went unpunished in the league fixture, while a stunning comeback saw us knocked out in a bizarre penalty shootout.

With a 2-0 defeat in the game before Christmas, Leatherhead will say their bad form is behind them. Oh yes it is... oh no it isn't...

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Folkestone Invicta 2 - 0 Tanners

I missed this game as I made a rare trip watching Southampton away to Huddersfield.  A team that have been revitalised thanks to their new manager, "The Klopp of the Alps".  Meanwhile our very own Mansell of Hastings is struggling to maintain similar form.

Disappointing cup exits gave way to scintillating form, which gave way to crushing defeats, then green shoots of recovery then 2-0 defeats on the road to a side we were showing ambitions of overtaking.

The damage in this game, to make matter worse, was Ian Draycott.  An ex-Leatherhead player who found the net twice, which somehow feels like his goal tally for us in the 2013/14 season.

On to Boxing Day and the arrival of Bubble & Squeak, unwanted relatives and Carshalton Athletic...