Monday 2 January 2017
Horley Town 4 Raynes Park Vale 0
Combined Counties Premier, 11.30am
My first taste of Combined Counties football and thought both the skill and fitness was not at the same level as the Eastern Counties league, officiating was also poor – but I may have chosen the wrong game!
First half was very one sided as the home team went two up as Raynes Park Vale were very poor, but a few changes of formation (and attitude) at half time saw a closer second half – it took 20 minutes for the home side to get back on top and then they got two further goals.
‘New Defence’ is a smart newish ground with a seated stand attached to the changing rooms and bar. The bar is upstairs and game can be watched from there. Small covered terrace behind one goal and a more shed like cover behind the other goal.
Ground is just 5 minutes from Gatwick Airport.
Merstham 0 Leatherhead 0
Ryman League Premier, 3pm
Home team had the better chances but Leatherhead good on the break, both teams had young players with plenty of skill but too many wanted an extra touch or try one trick to many. Good officiating kept the game flowing but neither keeper had many saves to make. Good to ex Ipswich player , Jimmy Bullard on the touchline.
Ground is neat and has plenty of character with views out over the Surrey hills , must lose some money having the clubhouse outside the ground.