Saturday, September 20, 2014

Tanners 0 - 2 Enfield Town

I am no expert, I have never managed a football team before BUT I am an accountant and studied statistics and the recent results have not made good reading.  No wins in the last 7 games.  Out of the FA Cup to lower opposition.  A draw against a side with 10 for much of the second half and finished with 9.  Today we were bossed around by a side where we could have hoped for more a month ago.

The main problem, as far as the fans behind the goal see it, is tactic being deployed recently.  Our best players pushed out wide feeding on scraps and with slow lofted balls into Rook who is asked to do a job he seems uncomfortable with.  He opened the season scoring when running onto whipped in crosses.  Now with his back to goal, heavily marked and trying to deal with an obvious ball in the penalty box it is slim pickings. 

Leatherhead had two spells worth typing about.  In the first half they had five minutes of pressure.  Karagiannis hit the post and a ball fell at the feet of Jerry in front of goal but he couldn’t adjust in time to strike.  True to form we were caught on the break and a swift move brought their opener.

Second half and for 45 minutes were largely ineffectual.  Stacy, who had struggled out wide to effect the game, was at last allowed to move more central towards the end of the game with the introduction of Dolby and he started to look the most likely to score.  Thank god for him and Smart.

Into stoppage time and we struck the post again and forced a series of corners but as in the first half we failed to convert and down the other way they went and a cool finish beat Wells from distance.

Fifth placed Hendon come to The Grove on Wednesday night. 


Friday, September 19, 2014

Enfield Town are coming

Enfield Town make their way from north of the river tomorrow to visit the Grove.  We must have played these fellas before but I cannot remember it.  They certainly were not part of the Premier set up in our last outing there in 2011/12. 

We are chipping away at the league.  Lacking the winning touch but drawing our way to our current mid-table standing.  Hopefully tomorrow we can go that one goal better and get all three points.

Kick off at 3pm.  See you there.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Canvey Island 1 - 1 Tanners

Leatherhead could have taken all three points against a side that was down to 9 men.

It was an incisive move that allowed Canvey to open their account.  A good through ball cut opens our defence for the striker runs onto the pass and score.  Leatherhead did respond with Hughes-Mason hitting the post at close range and Karagiannis trying his luck from range but the half ended 1-0 to the hosts.

Second half and the game started swinging in Leatherhead’s favour.  A straight red for a player for a challenge that the home fans seemed convinced it was rather harsh.  Leatherhead started to press the advantage.  The goal came long range.  Stacy, who can hit them, struck a powerful shot that was blocked by the ‘keeper but the ball squirmed through his hands and over the line for the equaliser. 

As the game drew to a close a Canvey Island player went down under a challenge but the ref viewed it as a dive and brandished his second yellow card of the evening.  They were down to 9 men and continued to pressure for the winner.  In the last minute a chance came but the shot went wide.

Another point and back we come to the Grove Saturday.  Enfield Town are coming…

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Travelling Tanners

There is nothing else the Tanners can do after the disappointment of the early cup exit then to dust themselves off and get into Essex for tonight’s Ryman fixture against Canvey Island.

The preview needs nothing more than what they have posted on their site.  It reads… “This will be our ninth competitive fixture against Leatherhead, with our record to date reading P 8, W 7, D 1, L 0, F 17, A 6.”   Good luck with that fellas!

Kick off at 7.45 and directions can be found here.


Saturday, September 13, 2014

Tanners 1 - 2 Faversham

Leatherhead exit the FA Cup after losing to lower league opposition after a largely disappointing display.  Faversham though played their part in our exit, signalling their intentions in the opening minute by winning a corner.  We did not heed the early warning and Faversham opened the scoring with a free header from the resulting corner.  Moments later they nearly doubled the score but this time the header looped onto the top of the net.

Leatherhead found their way back into the game through a set piece.  It was not going to come from open play as we seemed content to pump the ball up to Rook who was marshalled out of the game whenever he got within 18 yards of goal.

Karagiannis drilling the low free kick past the impressive visiting ‘keeper despite the best efforts of the ref to allow the wall as close as possible.

Second half and Leatherhead were more inventive in their play and perhaps looked the most likely to score.  Stacy being bundled over in the box in the first five minutes certainly looked like a good shout for a penalty too.

As the game wore on the fear of knockout punch grew.  Despite our greater possession the final ball lacked pace and was lofted either straight to the ‘keeper or again into Rook who was on a tight leash again.

The sucker punch came when their striker decided he had enough of the two Leatherhead players snapping at his heels so from 25 yards let fly with a shot that flew over Wells and dipped into the goal.  A spectacular striker indeed.

Leatherhead felt they had a good shout for another penalty when Stacy’s shot was blocked by an outstretched arm but the ref, keen to be everyone’s friend, waved it away.

Very disappointing and hardly the platform to launch an attack on Canvey Island midweek…

Friday, September 12, 2014

Faversham are coming

Faversham arrive at the Grove tomorrow drifting in on a carpet of FA Cup magic filled air.  There game against Westfield was by all accounts a classic.  Faversham perhaps felt the FA Cup gods were against them when they saw themselves enter the 90th minute one nil down and having seen Westfield’s goalkeeper escape a red card when deliberately handballing outside of the area.

Then they equalised and if that was not enough went on to win in the 94th minute.  With our knack of conceding late goals we should beware.

Kick off at 3pm.  See you there!


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Bury Town 1 - 1 Tanners

Only a supporter of the same calibre of Rod can comment how we did last night.  He skipped to the train station, ticket in hand, to make the long journey to Bury to watch Leatherhead battle this one out.

By all accounts we played well.  Stacy Long continuing to impress with an opener on the 30 minute mark.

Bury Town though wanted their unbeaten run and Leatherhead finally succumbed to the pressure in the 82 minute.

Disappointing perhaps BUT FA Cup weekend this Saturday weekend!