Saturday, August 30, 2014

Met Police 3 - 3 Tanners

Another high scoring encounter at Met Police but it will be the home side that will be the happier after we threw away a two goal lead.

Leatherhead started this game by far the more comfortable.   Stacy Long, a non-league Marion Pahars, and Matt Smart were pulling the strings in midfield and Rook winning flick-ons for Hughes Mason and Karagiannis to run onto.  It was therefore against the run of play that the Met opened the scoring.  A sloppy goal from my point of view.  A cross from deep found one striker alone on the penalty spot who guided his looping header over the stranded ‘keeper.  This shook Leatherhead and for about 5 minutes we were second best to everything.

Leatherhead did regroup and start launching some attacks and went on to build a 3-1 lead.  The equaliser coming from Karagiannis who was put through clear on goal, he looked to have taken it too wide but his clinical finish went under the ‘keeper and in off the far post.

Leatherhead thought they had the second moments later when the ‘keeper could only parry a shot on the edge of the box into the path Hughes Mason who tapped in with ease but he was adjudged to be offside.  Moments later he got his reward when a whipped in ball was flicked on by a defender onto another surprised Mat Police player whose touch laid it off perfectly for another simple tap in.

It got even better when a cross to the far post was met by Avery and there are few defenders that can deal with his heading ability.  It looped back over the ‘keeper for a healthy 3-1 lead.

Second half and Leatherhead seemingly had nothing to fear.  We were on the front foot and Met Police could barely string a few passes together.  Then on about 15 minutes something changed.  Their number 5 who had a torrid time in the first half was switched to right back and all of a sudden he could play and was delivering quality crosses.  The breakthrough came when one Met Polices found enough room on the edge of the box to shoot.  Now most of Met Police’s long range efforts only troubled the cricket game in the field behind but this one screamed past Wells.

Leatherhead fell into to hang on mode and a string of defensive substitutions were made.  I could see why as there was a point in the game when four tackles were pulled out of in a row so Brady probably wanted a bit more bite in midfield.  The problem was that we couldn’t keep playing the long ball anymore as we no longer had the pace to chase… but we did and so the pressure grew and grew until they got the equaliser with four minutes to go.

It didn’t look like Met Police were happy with just a point and they tried to get the winner but managed to hold on and even force a corner but it came to nothing.

We would have taken a point before the game but definitely another game of what might have been.  Billericay Wednesday it is then…

Friday, August 29, 2014

Travelling Tanners

After the 6 points notched up over the weekend there is always a danger that you could start to relax a bit.  No chance with this fixture though.  Met Police in recent years has been a classic encounter despite the lack of home crowd.

Met Police have had a similar start to the season to us.  Three points behind but with a game in hand so we are nicely poised.

Details of where the ground is (as if you didn’t know) can be found here.  Kick off at 3pm.  See you there!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Tanners 2 - 0 Dulwich

I am fairly certain Dulwich would have felt pretty confident coming into this game.  They have had a year to get established themselves in the league, our last meeting in the FA cup was pretty one sided and a few wall / flood jokes surfaced on twitter.  Once the game started though the flood jokes began to dry up.

Stacy Long has made quite the impression.  He scored again to open the scoring with a deft chip from the edge of the box on 20 minutes.  Leatherhead were put under some pressure for the last 15 minutes of the first half but that is as good as it got for the visitors as the Tanners went on to dominate for much of the second half.

Avery was causing Dulwich plenty of problems and finally he got his reward with a diving header on 80 minutes, pouncing on a fine cross by Ryan Mahal.

A significant win as it will give the side confidence when going into a game that is never dull… Met Police away…

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Dulwich are coming

A wet and miserable Bank Holiday is forecast but at least football is at hand to brighten things up.
Dulwich Hamlet come to the Grove. Let's hope we can become friends again with our new look ground.
Kick off at 3pm. Good luck fellas.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Tanners 2 - 1 Hornchurch

Leatherhead notch up their second win of the season against a side that is going to find life in the Premier difficult if they continue to defend as they did today.  It was clear in the early minutes we could get something from this game when they shinned their first clearance into the car park.
 
That proved to be the case when Rook beat the offside trap and calmly lobbed over the ‘keeper.  Rook has been deadly from one yard out this season and it was good to see a true goal scorers touch with this deft finish.  He went on to get on first name terms with Hornchurch’s number 4…
 
Second half and Leatherhead must have decided Hornchurch were not up to much which in turn allowed them to play.  We resorted to long ball clearances and before you know it we were camped in our half defending.  A familiar end to the game it seems.
 
It was during this pressure we got our second goal though.  Dolby down the left put in an over hit cross which fell to Smart who rolled it into Stacy Long’s path.  His curling shot beat the diving ‘keeper for his coolly taken debut goal.
 
At this point Leatherhead must have felt the job was done as moments later a long ball from the ‘keeper was met with two or three hopeful flick-ons until it fell to a striker who prodded it home to make it 2-1.
 
Back into our half we fell but we had enough about us to see it out for the win.
 
Up the league we bounce but we have Dulwich Hamlet coming on Monday…

Friday, August 22, 2014

Hornchurch are coming

AFC Hornchurch arrive to the Grove tomorrow for the first of a Bank Holiday weekend double header.  Leatherhead are holding their own and a point against Ks would have helped confirm that but we were denied in the last minute. 

Hornchurch have not had the best of starts with only one point and two goals to their name.  That said these guys know their way in this league, last year they were in the play-offs, so we should be wary.

Kick off at 3pm.  See you there.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Tanners 1 - 2 Ks

Tanners have a hard earned point snatched away in the last minutes tonight against our local rivals.  Painful stuff after we equipped ourselves relatively well for good 80 minutes of the game.

Tanners looked reasonably comfortable at the start of this game.  We perhaps even had more possession although Ks certainly had the best early chance, their striker blasting the ball into the leisure centre from close range.  Their goal was a lovely sweeping move that carved as apart and was well finished and at which point you might have expected the floodgates to open.

Not for the first time this season Leatherhead responded.  There is an online profile for Karagiannis that states he has a “sweet left foot”.  Ks would have done well to read this in advance as he shaped with his right, then switched to his left just inside the box.  His powerful shot bent in from outside the post into the top corner.  A bemused looking ‘keeper picked it out of the back of the net.  You don’t save those.

Karagiannis was in the thick of the action moments later.  Another shot whistling over the bar.  Then he was fouled just inside the box with the defender straddling the line.  The ref must have decided with one of the defenders feet outside the box it was not a penalty.  The free kick missed by a country mile.

Second half and it was pretty even but as it wore on there was a feeling Ks were going to snatch something.  They were placing us under increasing pressure and our clearances were getting more hurried.  We had our chances and Ks had their dives… their no3 was at it all game and should have been booked when feigning he was clipped when clearing the ball with the Leatherhead player nowhere near him.   Their striker was booked for diving moments later.

They did get a penalty at the death though.  No complaints with that though.  A raised hand in the box stopped a cross and the resulting penalty was finished by sending Wells the wrong way.

Disappointing but no time to dwell on it, Hornchurch visit Saturday…

Ks are coming

Tonight, it is the big one.  Our guests need no further introduction as our old rivals and it is good to be back going toe to toe with them again.

Ks come into this game with two wins and a draw.  The draw being to one of the pre-season favourites Dulwich, another side we get reacquainted with soon…

Kick off at 7.45… see you there!