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L Minshull (27'), J Midson (45'), C Kandi (69'), Y Ambroisine (72')
Sat 26 Aug 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - Premier Division Attendance 415

Away team make themselves at home at the Grove

Taimour Lay reports on K's first home Saturday game at Fetcham Grove

My pre-match routine at Kingsmeadow mainly involved putting provocative stickers on the Oyster machine at Norbiton Station before searching for vintage Alan Dowson T-shirts in the club shop. Approaching Fetcham Grove for my first “home game” this season, at a miscalculatedly early 12.30pm, I had nothing to do but wander into Leatherhead Library to research our new locale and landlords. And there it was: nestled between Alternative Sports and the Home Maintenance section, a copy of “How Green is Mole Valley? A History of Leatherhead FC”.

This seemed a fitting title on a day when it wasn’t quite clear how green Mole Valley was. Some of the tell-tale signs of a K’s home game were there: I bought a Golden Goal ticket from Brian, I supplicated myself to Mark Murphy on the turnstile, there were more smatterings of red and white hoops than you’d get at an ordinary away game.

Other things confused: there was real milk at the tea bar; a sign outside informed us that there was no parking available for “visiting fans”, without saying who was who; the players didn’t come out to Tears for Fears**; and there was, it must be said, a lot of green paint and green seats and green shirts in a part of Mole Valley which is itself very green (Evidence: I even met a thrusting horse in the curious farmland behind the leisure centre, something that is statistically less likely to happen on Kingston Road).

(**Thanks to Rob for blasting it out when the players emerged for the second-half.)

So where the K’s began and the Tanners ended only became truly apparent when the goals started going in – unfortunately all of them for the away (home) side. Behind the netting and the bar-cage, Leatherhead fans cheered while, curiously, the mainstand barely moved, suggesting a K’s takeover of the seating areas. Perhaps Mole Valley is only half Green after all.

What turned into a grim 4-0 defeat started fairly brightly. While this iteration of K’s don’t really create chances, there are spells of action in the opposition half that suggest a game-plan. Striker turned centre-back turned striker Ricky Sappleton was upfront in a 4-3-3, with Tom Derry and Ben Ward-Cochrane (provider of a mere four assists in a friendly against Hornchurch mid-week) buzzing ineffectually like wasps at an abandoned picnic.

Leatherhead took some time to adjust but then realised there were goals to be had if they got the delivery right. Two crosses from Sean Clohessey produced two goals before half-time for Lee Minshull and former Womble Jack Midson.

With K’s having only scored one goal all season, a comeback seemed unlikely – although a spirited 15 minutes after the break did produce a chance for Derry and the odd enterprising run by substitute Jack Parter. A largely one-paced midfield toiled without advancing. And Sappleton occasionally thought about doing things before confronting the mind-body problem.

On a sunny day, the only obvious solution to the game was a retreat to one of the many grassy knolls around the pitch for a lengthy catch-up with friends. Marriages, births, deaths, trips to Gibraltar. Meanwhile, Leatherhead got two more through Chike Kandi and Yannis Ambroisine: crosses uncleared, hesitation, indecision and punishment completing a rout. The Tanners fans sang something about Kingston and home.

The final whistle and a final thought: we need to score at Fetcham Grove. We need a bundle. We need some fun. Then it might start to feel just a bit more red and white.

Kingstonian: Rob Tolfrey, Aaron Goode, Toby Little, Manolis Gogonas, Sam Page, Rokas Janilionis, James Haran, Lewis Taylor, Tom Derry, Ben Ward-Cochrane, Ricky Sappleton.

Subs: Mohammed Yusuf, Charlie Taylor (for Ricky Sappleton, 75m), Jack Parter (for James Haran, HT), Alec Fiddes (for Ben Ward-Cochrane, 75m).

Leatherhead: Zaki Oualah, Sean Clohessy, Tom Richards, Lee Minshull, Yannis Ambroisine, Jerry Nnamani, Danny Gallagher, Paul Semakula, Chike Kandi, Jack Midson, Niall McManus.

Subs: Tre Mitford, Tariq Turay, Sam Blackman (for Danny Gallagher, 62m), Temitope Emeka (for Lee Minshull, 72m), Calum Davies (for Niall McManus, 73m)

Goalscorers: Lee Minshull (27m, 0-1), Jack Midson (45m, 0-2), Chike Kandi (69m, 0-3), Yannis Ambroisine (72m, 0-4)

Attendance: 415

Key moments

Goal Lee Minshull scores for Leatherhead
Goal Jack Midson scores for Leatherhead
Goal Chike Kandi scores for Leatherhead
Goal Yannis Ambroisine scores for Leatherhead


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75:00 Sub Off
Ben Ward-Cochrane is substituted off for Kingstonian
75:00 Sub On
Alec Fiddes is substituted on for Kingstonian
75:00 Sub Off
Ricky Sappleton is substituted off for Kingstonian
75:00 Sub On
Charlie Taylor is substituted on for Kingstonian
73:00 Sub Off
Niall McManus is substituted off for Leatherhead
73:00 Sub On
Calum Davies is substituted on for Leatherhead
72:00 Sub On
Temitope Eweka is substituted on for Leatherhead
72:00 Sub Off
Lee Minshull is substituted off for Leatherhead
72:00 Goal 0 - 4
Yannis Ambroisine scores for Leatherhead
69:00 Goal 0 - 3
Chike Kandi scores for Leatherhead
62:00 Sub Off
Danny Gallagher is substituted off for Leatherhead
62:00 Sub On
Sam Blackman is substituted on for Leatherhead
45:01 Sub Off
James Haran is substituted off for Kingstonian
45:01 Sub On
Jack Parter is substituted on for Kingstonian
End of period 1
44:59 Goal 0 - 2
Jack Midson scores for Leatherhead
27:00 Goal 0 - 1
Lee Minshull scores for Leatherhead
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Kingstonian
  • Leatherhead
  • 0
  • Lee Minshull Goal 27:00'
  • Jack Midson Goal 44:59'
  • James Haran Sub Off 45:01'
  • Jack Parter Sub On 45:01'
  • Danny Gallagher Sub Off 62:00'
  • Sam Blackman Sub On 62:00'
  • Chike Kandi Goal 69:00'
  • Lee Minshull Sub Off 72:00'
  • Temitope Eweka Sub On 72:00'
  • Yannis Ambroisine Goal 72:00'
  • Niall McManus Sub Off 73:00'
  • Calum Davies Sub On 73:00'
  • Ben Ward-Cochrane Sub Off 75:00'
  • Alec Fiddes Sub On 75:00'
  • Ricky Sappleton Sub Off 75:00'
  • Charlie Taylor Sub On 75:00'

Team selection

  • 1. Zaki Oualah
  • 2. Sean Clohessy
  • 3. Tom Richards
  • 4. Lee Minshull
  • 5. Yannis Ambroisine
  • 6. Jerry Nnamani
  • 7. Danny Gallagher
  • 8. Paul Semakula
  • 9. Chike Kandi
  • 10. Jack Midson
  • 11. Niall McManus
  • 12. Tre Mitford
  • 14. Tariq Turay
  • 15. Sam Blackman
  • 16. Temitope Eweka
  • 17. Calum Davies

League round up

Other Premier Division results

Billericay Town
Burgess Hill Town
Dorking Wanderers
Staines Town
Folkestone Invicta
Lowestoft Town
Tooting & Mitcham United
Wingate & Finchley

League table

# Team Pl Pts
11. Tonbridge Angels 46 64
12. Harrow Borough 46 63
13. Kingstonian 46 59
14. Dorking Wanderers 46 58
15. Thurrock 46 57
16. Worthing 46 57
17. Enfield Town 46 56

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