Leatherhead FC (2) 2 – 2 (1)Woking FC
On a wet, cold Tuesday night at River Lane, Leatherhead hosted Woking FC.
Leatherhead started with a high intensity from the onset, applying high pressure to the Woking players, who were unable to find any rhythm, with Sam Blackman intercepting the ball on numerous occasions.
Woking created a few half chances within the opening 15 minutes, but it was Leatherhead who took the lead on the 17th minute.
Girling’s long goal kick was flicked on by Yannis Ambroisine and then by Chike Kandi, as Callum Davies was the first to react, and slide it under Woking’s helpless goalkeeper.
Woking looked dangerous on their left hand side, and this was the route of their equaliser in the 24th minute.
Woking’s number 7 was played through on the left hand side of the box and then drilled his effort across the goal, finding the bottom corner from 15 yards out.
The match was delicately poised, as both sides pushed for the lead before half time.
Woking scored the third goal of the game, but this time it was in their own goal.
An innocuous backpass from all of 30 yards out, was over- hit and flew past the scrambling goalkeeper into the bottom corner as Leatherhead went into the break 2-1 up. We will take a few more of those this season.
Once again a host of changes were made at half time, as Leatherhead struggled to get a hold of the ball and create chances in the second half; Girling had to be on hand to save an effort from eight yards out when Woking’s number 8 had the goal at his mercy in the 50th minute, Girling once again showing his quality.
Woking did find an equaliser in the 55th minute, Woking’s number 8 doing the damage as he worked his way to the by-line on the left hand side before cutting the ball back to number 11, who coolly slot the ball through the legs of Girling.
After this moment minimal chances were created by both sides, Woking pushed for the winner, however Leatherhead held firm and recorded a prestigious result against the Conference side.
Man of the Match:
Calum Davies – Callum showed poise and quality on the ball throughout the game and looked like Leatherhead’s main threat, and was rewarded with a fine goal.
Leatherhead’s next pre – season friendly will be away to Sheppey United FC on Thursday night. Sheppey play their football in the Southern Counties East League Premier Division, and are based in Kent, as Leatherhead attempt to continue their good performances throughout pre – season.
Updated 15:35 - 12 Jul 2017 by Alfie Gates