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!