Sunday, March 29, 2015
They have settled well in their new stadium, winning this their second game. With a crowd of 184 the Conference South must be licking their lips at the prospect of this side winning the play-offs...
Saturday, March 28, 2015
Monday, March 23, 2015
A large travelling contingent turned up at Fetcham Grove in an expectant mood but went home with only a point after a robust performance from Leatherhead.
Leatherhead gave a debut appearance to Phil Page. A powerful looking striker that certainly put himself about a bit and was booked for repeatedly doing so by a ref who spent more time doing up his shoe laces than officiating the game.
Our opener came from Vas. A long ball down the middle should have been dealt with but the defender hesitated to raise a boot and allowed Vas to head it on and run clear on goal. A composed finish beat the ‘keeper who is not relishing the thought of long distance travel next season.
Maidstone’s equaliser came about from a spell of poor refereeing. No question about the powerful headed finish from the corner, but that corner came from a spell where the ref failed to remember Dembele had been waved off the field of play after receiving treatment after being fouled. Despite screams from the physio the ref allowed play to go on with Dembele on the side lines and allow Maidstone to build an attack down their left. While our right-back was allowed on it was not in time to prevent the cross from which we conceded the corner.
The halftime discussion was mainly over why Leatherhead did not build an extra tea bar for the visiting supporters. Surely we should have known so many would come, the attendance at Harrow was a massive 372 after all…
Second half and the ref managed to get a grip of his laces but not the game. He certainly failed to control the Maidstone players as they tried to haul Vas off the floor, and sneak in a crafty kick, as he was booked for diving. A tad harsh. While there was no trip, Vas was undoubtedly pulled back in the box to deny him a shooting opportunity.
The remainder of the half was a lively yet even affair. Maidstone are undoubtedly worthy champions elect but Leatherhead should take heart from a well-earned point. No need to shrug this one off…
Friday, March 20, 2015
While some teams have struggled with form our visitors, Maidstone United, have just steadily got on with things and now sit at the top of the table in a rather healthy position to go on and win the league. Home they are getting 2,000 yet away the crowds are not as spectacular as one would hope. Certainly a bus load of Belgians could make a larger impression.
Time for us to get over our defeat and get used to playing football on a Saturday…
Kick off at 3pm. See you there.
Monday, March 16, 2015
Leatherhead found life hard on the road over the weekend and were soundly beaten in front of a boisterous crowd that may have played its part in getting their second.
From the kick off it was clear that the Belgian visitors were (and perhaps had been since the small hours) out to enjoy themselves. A party atmosphere was created at the far end long into the first half when in truth there was little to celebrate. The ref got involved a little too early for everyone’s liking. Booking one of our players for being slightly late on a tackle on just 3 minutes. Moments later a high boot caught Rook in the face so the yellow came out again. Dembele had our only shot on goal, curling just over while Enfield perhaps had one or two shots themselves.
Second half could not have started worse for Leatherhead. Straight from the kick-off they rampaged down the middle and slotted the ball past the diving Wells with ease. Dank u wel! It was not long before one of their players was bundled over seemingly outside the box. The ref, encouraged by a large noisy contingent behind the goal, gave it straight away. A pity as Vas was bundled over in similar fashion and a goal kick was awarded. That penalty was placed to Wells’ right and gave him no chance.
With 10 minutes to go we failed to deal with a spell of pressure and Enfield made it 3. The disco planned for the evening was now starting early.
It had been a frustrating day, Enfield Town possess some big (yet delicate as they are quick to hit the ground) players who marshalled our players robustly. A foul on Hughes-Mason caused him to react badly and the ref gave him a yellow card. That haunted him as in the dying minutes he saw another and so he ended his day with a red card.
While Semakula scored (while I was on the A10) it was not a great day and perhaps that new suit will need taking in a bit…
Friday, March 13, 2015
Leatherhead get back on the road tomorrow for the trip to Enfield Town.
A fatwa has been placed on talking about play-offs so we should now focus on maintaining momentum so we can continue in playing the same style of winning football.
The omens are good too. Enfield seem to be on a win one lose one run of form. They beat Margate in the last game…
Directions can be found here. Kick off at 3pm. See you there!
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Saturday, March 07, 2015
I don’t know what is more impressive. The run of form we are on or that a side like Canvey Island can come to The Grove with the sole purpose of slowing the game to a crawl in order to play out a point. It did not work. Leatherhead’s second half charge proved too much.
First half, while Leatherhead had the pace and looked dangerous at times, the visiting ‘keeper had little to do by the way of saves. However he set the pace for the game by walking through the motions of every goal kick to suck the life out of the game. Had Canvey shown more ambition they may have created more chances in the first half. They struck the post and could have had a good shout for a striker being brought down by the last man (although I thought it was a clear dive).
Second half and Leatherhead looked more purposeful. Rook came on, which at the time looked like a mistake. It was our fast pace that was causing them problems but as ever Rook is at hand to tap in the vital goal. The ‘keeper could only palm a vicious Hughes-Mason shot into Rook’s path and he gladly accepted the gift.
Unsurprisingly Canvey tried to up the pace but it was too late. 1-0 and the balloon remains intact…
Friday, March 06, 2015
Up, up and away in my beautiful… hang on…
Leatherhead’s impressive run of form will be tested by another Ryman Premier stalwart team, Canvey Island are coming to the Grove. Canvey had a miserable December and January but managed to bounce back a little with three wins in a row. After four winless matches they will no doubt look to string a few results together.
Kick off at 3pm. See you there!
Tuesday, March 03, 2015
If twitter is anything to go by some of the players, while enjoying this run, are starting to feel it physically so a midweek trip is probably not what the physio ordered.
Not that I can go, as I find myself in Basel, but I cannot for the life of me remember if I have been to this ground or not. I don’t think so. A new ground goes begging as we travel to a side who like us smashed four past Bury Town. They let one in so we can take the moral high ground there.
Kick off at 7:45. Directions can be found here. Good luck fellas.
Monday, March 02, 2015
Leatherhead are starting to look more than just comfortable in this division with a 2-1 win against a side that would have had serious ambitions on reaching the play-offs on arrival to the Grove.
It was certainly Leatherhead who looked took the game to the visitors for much of the first half. Creativity out on the wings while Josh maintained supremacy in the centre of midfield.
It is these kind of games that Leatherhead have been caught with a sucker punch but today our pressure finally told with pretty much the last kick of the first half. A clever pass into the box found Nwokeji inside the six yard box completely unmarked and had enough time to dig the ball out of the muddiest part of the pitch and strike the ball past the stranded ‘keeper.
If East Thurrock’s defence had made a mess of the offside trap for the first goal they certainly felt they had done their job properly when Hughes-Mason received the ball about 30 yards out and through on goal. The flag stayed down and Hughes-Mason coolly finished much to disgust of the central pairing, one of which was booked for his protests.
2-0 and Leatherhead looked comfortable until the ref, who by now was keen to even things up after the off-side blunder, gave a rather soft free-kick on the edge of our box with 5 minutes to go. A poorly placed wall gave Wells no chance and it was 2-1. Suddenly we lost our composure and it was East Thurrock who looked the most likely to score.
Leatherhead saw it out and now find themselves just 7 points off the play-offs…