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Tooting & Mitcham United
Leiston
Full time
T Bullard (44'), J Ainsley (82' Pen)
Sat 24 Feb 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - Premier Division Attendance 149

Tooting & Mitcham United 0 Blues 2

Good away win for the Blues

Glen Driver and Tony Kinsella kept the same side that beat Billericay Town last Saturday afternoon. Byron Lawrence came back into the squad, while Matt Rutterford dropped out and into the Reserves for their important Suffolk Senior Cup match.

On a dry, sunny but extremely bitter afternoon, Leiston had to work hard for the win against grafting opponents. Tooting & Mitcham, who started the day third from bottom, had the first real effort as Chase O’Neill ventured forward after a good run but his shot was well saved by Marcus Garnham in the visitors goal. Darren Mills had a good opportunity for Leiston but home goalkeeper Matte Pierson made an excellent save to deny him. Patrick Brothers then clipped the top of the crossbar while at the other end Marcus Garnham had to be alert to a Danny Bassett strike. The Blues took the lead in first half stoppage time when Patrick Brothers’ free kick was flicked on by Matt Blake with Tom Bullard volleying into the roof of the net from close range.

Juevan Spencer smashed over from close range early in the second period for Tooting & Mitcham and Peter Wedgeworth had a free kick saved by Marcus Garnham. But Leiston were keeping it tight at the back and after Seb Dunbar broke away and was fouled in the penalty area, Jack Ainsley stroked home the penalty low to Pierson's left in the 82nd minute to seal the three points. Chris Henderson jinxed past three players as the clock ticked down but saw his strike palmed onto the post by Pierson. There was no late scares for Leiston and they held on to the three points to complete their third double of the season and a second 2-0 victory over Tooting & Mitcham this season.

FT - Tooting & Mitcham United 0 Blues 2

Tooting & Mitcham United - Pierson, Fadahunsi, Wedgeworth, Morgan-Griffiths, Drage, Rowe, Bassett (Jones 61 mins), Bennett (Ajeon 82 mins), Folkes (Simpson 50 mins), O’Neill, Spencer. Subs not used - James and Patterson-Bohner.

Blues - Garnham, Hammond, Dunbar, Ainsley, Jefford, Bullard, Marsden (Docherty 70 mins), Henderson, Blake (Lawrence 66 mins), Mills, Brothers (Finch 85 mins). Subs not used - Knights and Trotter.

Man of the Match - Tom Bullard

Attendance - 149

Tom Bullard

Player of the Match

Tom Bullard

Key moments

44:00
Goal Tom Bullard scores for Leiston
82:00
Scored Penalty Jack Ainsley scores a penalty for Leiston

Highlights

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90:00 Player of the Match
Tom Bullard is awarded player of the match for Leiston
85:00 Sub Off
Patrick Brothers is substituted off for Leiston
85:00 Sub On
Christy Finch is substituted on for Leiston
82:00 Scored Penalty 0 - 2
Jack Ainsley scores a penalty for Leiston
82:00 Assist
Sebastian Dunbar makes an assist for Leiston
70:00 Sub On
Dominic Docherty is substituted on for Leiston
70:00 Sub Off
Joe Marsden is substituted off for Leiston
68:00 Yellow Card
Jack Ainsley is yellow carded for Leiston
66:00 Sub On
Byron Lawrence is substituted on for Leiston
66:00 Sub Off
Matt Blake is substituted off for Leiston
End of period 1
44:00 Assist
Matt Blake makes an assist for Leiston
44:00 Goal 0 - 1
Tom Bullard scores for Leiston
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As it happened

  • Tooting & Mitcham United
  • Leiston
  • 0
  • Matt Blake Assist 44:00'
  • Tom Bullard Goal 44:00'
  • Byron Lawrence Sub On 66:00'
  • Matt Blake Sub Off 66:00'
  • Jack Ainsley Yellow Card 68:00'
  • Dominic Docherty Sub On 70:00'
  • Joe Marsden Sub Off 70:00'
  • Sebastian Dunbar Assist 82:00'
  • Jack Ainsley Scored Penalty 82:00'
  • Christy Finch Sub On 85:00'
  • Patrick Brothers Sub Off 85:00'

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Staines Town
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Folkestone Invicta
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# Team Pl Pts
1. Billericay Town 46 99
2. Dulwich Hamlet 46 95
3. Hendon 46 85
4. Folkestone Invicta 46 85
5. Leiston 46 79
6. Leatherhead 46 79
7. Margate 46 77

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