Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Travelling Tanners

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

Tanners 2 - 1 East Thurrock

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…

Saturday, February 28, 2015

East Thurrock are coming

An emotional day today as we say farewell to the legend Billy Miller. A minutes applause will observed before the game.
Meanwhile Leatherhead host East Thurrock in this league clash. Our fellow play-off chasing hopefuls comes to Grove in good form…
Kick off at 3 PM. See you there…

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Tanners 4 - 0 Bury Town

All in all a miserable evening for the visitors.  While the started looking the hungrier of the two sides the lack of quality that has lead them to the bottom of the table started to show.

The opening goal was a telling example.  From a corner Jerry was closely marked, but he managed to use his strength and guile to get enough space to guide his header into the back of the net.

In the dying minutes of the first half the game was all but over when we were awarded a penalty and Vas achieved what Messi could not and scored from the spot in off the post.

Second half and there was little doubt that Leatherhead would cruise to victory.  Bury did rally for a brief spell but in truth Vas was looking too hot to handle as he danced through their defence on a number of occasions.

In the last 10 minutes Hughes-Mason added further misery with two goals.  The second being a cheeky flick from the outside of the boot into the top corner.

With this win Leatherhead can now surely consider themselves safe… but in some quarters people are talking of play-offs…

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Bury Town are coming... again...

Spare a thought for Bury Town.  It is one thing to have a Saturday game cancelled and have to make the trip mid-week but another to have actually have made the trip only for a jobs worth to call it off.

This can only add to what has been, so far, a long hard season for Bury Town.  They sit bottom of the table and unless they pick up some points soon they will look certain to for the drop.  Yet again I recall the VCD game which means we will need to take this seriously.

Kick off at 7:45.  See you there!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Wingate & Finchley 0-0 Tanners

The oldest cantilevered grandstand in Britain provided Rod shelter on a bitterly cold afternoon in Summers Lane. The building was given grade II listed status in 2013 for its use of advanced concrete engineering and being one of the very few double sided stands in existence serving two different clubs.

Fascinating stuff off the pitch but on the pitch it was a different story. There were no Lippizaner horses prancing around here and no Viennese Waltz. The first half ended goalless which will be no real surprise to you considering the match ended goalless as well.

The 2nd half was a more lively affair. We had a few half chances but it was the hosts who looked like they were going to snatch a winner during a late onslaught. Our midfield tired but our defence somehow kept the ball out when it seemed certain that either Wingate or Finchley would score. The team have grown in belief as the season has progressed, and this performance showed that we are tough to beat and have earned the right to be in this league.

Elsewhere, there is still plenty to look forward to this season. Dulwich losing in the play offs for example, or the possibility of a bruising encounter between Merstham and Whyteleafe in the play offs.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Travelling Tanners

Lovers of football and gardening are in for a real treat this weekend, Wingate & Finchley are placed just by the Glebelands Allotments.  Our recent form has perhaps given us belief we have bedded in the league for the season but tomorrow will be a tough test.  Our hosts are 9 points better off yet somehow have scored two less goals having conceded the same amount.

Directions can be found here.  Kick off at 3pm.  Good luck fellas.