Leatherhead 3 Staines Town 0 Four in a row for Sandmann
Leatherhead moved up to fifteenth in the Ryman Premier League table with a comfortable 3-0 win against Staines Town on Wednesday evening.
It was another impressive performance for Mike Sandmann as Tanners chalked up a fourth successive victory for their new manager.
And with Tomi Adeloye, Sam Blackman and Kaka Dembele all ending their brief loan spells at Fetcham Grove this week, Sandmann strengthened the Tanners squad with the signing of Frannie Collin on a month’s loan from Maidstone United.
The Stones front man made an immediate impact for the hosts when the referee penalised Staines for a handball incident in the visitors’ penalty area with only 75 seconds played.
There were no protests from the Swans as Collin collected the ball and blasted the spot-kick past firmly past goalkeeper Jack Turner to give Tanners the lead with less than two minutes on the clock.
The visitors responded well, keeping good possession of the ball but without making inroads through a solid Tanners defence marshalled by their vastly experienced centre-back Steve Watt.
On 21 minutes Swans play-maker Luke Wanadio broke clear through the middle, feeding an advancing Jack Hutchinson. But Leatherhead’s Ryan Mahal made a fine interception to rob the ball from the Staines forward before he could get in a shot.
Leatherhead made good use of the flanks on the surprisingly good Fetcham Grove playing surface, with wing-backs Adam Cash and Adam Green both getting forward and pumping probing crosses into the visitors’ penalty area.
But Staines were also dangerous on the break, with Jack Bennett shooting wide after 29 minutes and Ahmed Abdulla’s powerful strike well saved by Leatherhead keeper Louis Wells.
Collin missed a difficult chance to add a second for the hosts after 39 minutes. Turner spilled a cross in the Swans’ penalty area but the loan striker fired over from a tight angle.
Tanners pressed forward in the second half and doubled their lead on 55 minutes. Chris Kinnear headed on a long ball out of defence into the path of Kiernan Hughes-Mason, who drilled a superb shot past Turner from the edge of the area.
Staines almost pulled a goal back on the hour mark when Pat Cox latched onto a loose ball in Leatherhead’s penalty area, but Wells stood up well to make another fine save.
Leatherhead pushed forward in search of a third goal and it eventually arrived in the form of a bizarre own goal.
Hughes-Mason broke clear of his marker down the right on 78 minutes, before drilling a deep cross to the far post.
Defender Erivaldo Felix stuck out a boot in an effort to clear the ball away for a corner, but only succeeded in deflecting Hughes-Mason’s cross into his own net with no other player in the immediate vicinity challenging for the ball.
Leatherhead: Louis Wells, Adam Cash, Adam Green, Paul Semakula, Steve Watt, Jerry Nnamani, Alex Brown (Sam Blackman 71), Chris Kinnear, Frannie Collin, Kiernan Hughes-Mason (Phil Walsh 82), Ryan Mahal (Kaka Dembele 83)
Unused subs: Tomi Adeloye and Stephen Okoh
Staines Town: Jack Turner, Erivaldo Felix, Jack Bennett, Tommy Brewer, Michael Kinsella, Joe O’Cearuill, Luke Wanadio, Ahmed Abdullah (Terence Vancooten 62), Pat Cox, Jack Hutchinson (Warren Thomas 69), Jeremy Boakye
Unused subs: Mitchall Gough, Callum McAllister and Harry Churchill