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1st Team - Match centre

Leatherhead
Leiston
Full time
M Blake (92', 80')
Sat 21 Apr 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - Premier Division Attendance 407

Leatherhead 2 Blues 2

Blake returns at the double

Two goals from Matt Blake lifted the Blues into the play off places following this draw at Leatherhead. The hosts went into the break a goal to the good thanks to Derry’s stoppage time goal and a fairly scrappy game looked to be slipping away from the Blues until some late drama in the final ten minutes when Matt Blake levelled the scores before another Derry goal was followed by a stoppage time leveller from Matt Blake.

In truth, the game never really got going until those final few frantic minutes. Early pressure saw the hosts Tom Richards’ cross-cum shot clawed over by Marcus Garnham as both teams struggled on a bumpy pitch. Leiston’s first chance came when Chris Henderson picked up the ball outside the box and after exchanging a neat lay off from Jake Reed, he weaved his way into the box but he shot over Manny Agboola’s crossbar. Byron Lawrence shot wide of Agboola’s left hand post before Niall McManus appealed for a handball in the penalty area but the Referee waved away any protests. The opener came in first half stoppage time. Byron Lawrence's attempted pass fell kindly to Nana Boakye-Yiadom whose shot was beaten out by Marcus Garnham but Tom Derry just beat Joe Jefford to the loose ball and smashed home from close range.

The second period continued with Leiston still struggling to get a foothold into the match. Blues boss Glen Driver decided to bring on Matt Blake to spice up the attack and the change soon paid dividends. But first they had Marcus Garnham to thank for blocking Jack Midson’s effort to keep them in the game. With ten minutes remaining the visitors were level. Both substitutes were involved as Darren Mills effort from outside the box looked to be heading into the bottom right hand corner only for the intervention of a fine Agboola save but from the tightest of angles Matt Blake turned home the loose ball to restore parity. But Leatherhead came back again and four minutes later they were back in front. D’Sean Theobalds shot was saved by Marcus Garnham but the ball fell again to Derry who found the net despite the best efforts of Marcus Garnham. But the visitors refused to give in and in the second of four minutes of stoppages they were back level. Marcus Garnham’s long kick found Matt Blake inside the box via the head of centre back Jerry Nnamani and after controlling on his chest Matt Blake calmly volleyed past Agboola much to the delight of the away support.

FT - Leatherhead 2 Blues 2

Leatherhead - Agboola, Clohessy, Shaw, McManus, Gallagher, Nnamani, Boakye-Yiadom, Theobalds, Derry, Midson, Richards. Subs not used:- Davies, Williams-Bowers, Wood, Seager.

Blues - Garnham, Hammond, Dunbar, Ainsley (Docherty 55 mins), Jefford, Bullard, Lawrence, Henderson, Reed, Brothers (Blake 70 mins), Finch (Mills 75 mins). Subs not used - Marsden and Eagle.

Man of the Match - Marcus Garnham

Attendance - 393

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Marcus Garnham

Player of the Match

Marcus Garnham

Key moments

80:00
Goal Matt Blake scores for Leiston
90:00 +2:00
Goal Matt Blake scores for Leiston

Highlights

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90:00 +2:00 Goal 0 - 2
Matt Blake scores for Leiston
90:00 +2:00 Assist
Marcus Garnham makes an assist for Leiston
89:00 Player of the Match
Marcus Garnham is awarded player of the match for Leiston
80:00 Assist
Darren Mills makes an assist for Leiston
80:00 Goal 0 - 1
Matt Blake scores for Leiston
75:00 Sub Off
Patrick Brothers is substituted off for Leiston
75:00 Sub On
Matt Blake is substituted on for Leiston
75:00 Sub On
Darren Mills is substituted on for Leiston
75:00 Sub Off
Christy Finch is substituted off for Leiston
55:00 Sub Off
Jack Ainsley is substituted off for Leiston
55:00 Sub On
Dominic Docherty is substituted on for Leiston
48:00 Yellow Card
Byron Lawrence is yellow carded for Leiston
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Leatherhead
  • Leiston
  • 0
  • Byron Lawrence Yellow Card 48:00'
  • Dominic Docherty Sub On 55:00'
  • Jack Ainsley Sub Off 55:00'
  • Matt Blake Sub On 75:00'
  • Patrick Brothers Sub Off 75:00'
  • Darren Mills Sub On 75:00'
  • Christy Finch Sub Off 75:00'
  • Matt Blake Goal 80:00'
  • Darren Mills Assist 80:00'
  • Matt Blake Goal 90:00 +2:00'
  • Marcus Garnham Assist 90:00 +2:00'

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1
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Margate
1
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Billericay Town
Needham Market
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Wingate & Finchley
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0
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League table

# 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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