Tanners go top on goal difference after the Casuals are swept aside (From Richmond and Twickenham Times)
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Tanners go top on goal difference after the Casuals are swept aside
Leatherhead’s fine start to the season continued with a comfortable 3-0 win against Corinthian Casuals on Wednesday at Fetcham Grove.
Two goals from Allan Tait and another from Kev Terry sent Tanners to the top of the league table on goal difference.
Early on, the Tanners captain Liam Pestle tested Casuals Danny Bracken with an awkward cross and the keeper spilled the wet ball in front of goal but did well to recover quickly.
Man of the match Tait had his first sniff at goal after 15 minutes.
Winning possession wide on the left the Tanners striker bore down on goal and forced a fine save from Bracken at his near post.
Casuals had an opportunity to take the lead midway through the first half when Danny Green cut his way through the Leatherhead defence but his powerful shot was well saved by Tanners keeper Deren Ibrahim.
The visitors grew in confidence as they pressed forward. Ibrahim was helpless after 37 minutes as Green curled in a delightful delivery from the edge of the area which struck the woodwork.
That was as near as Casuals came to scoring and Tanners stormed into the lead after 40 minutes.
Jake Hobbs broke clear down the right and whipped a perfectly angled cross into the six yard box. Tait shrugged off his marker and struck home with a clinical finish in front of goal.
Leatherhead thought they had a legitimate second goal on the hour mark. Pestle sent in a probing cross from the left but Tom Bradbrook’s well-executed header was ruled out for offside.
Tanners eventually doubled their lead after 81 minutes with Tait producing an inch-perfect delivery for Terry to score from close range.
Tait secured the points three minutes later with another excellent finish, teasing his way round his marker before launching a well-angled lob over Bracken which flew into the top left hand corner.