Brady: Tanners' Trophy future faces double trouble
For Leatherhead to still be in the hat for the second qualifying round of the FA Trophy come Saturday evening, boss Richard Brady says they need to overcome two massive hurdles.
The Tanners go to Lewes of the Ryman Premier Division in the Trophy this weekend hoping to cause an upset.
However, in a similar scenario last weekend, the Tanners went to Biggleswade Town of the Southern Premier Division in the FA Cup, and were thumped 5-1 – Ian Draycott getting the only goal.
There is some good news for Brady ahead of the trip to Sussex with new signing Leroy Griffiths returning to the side after missing the FA Cup match with family commitments.
Brady said: “The cup and trophy draws have not been particularly kind – not only have we been drawn against teams from a higher division, we have also had to go away from home.
“Against Biggleswade we had to be playing at about nine out of 10 and hope they had an off day, but we were nowhere near that and they deserved to win.
“Having said that, they got a deflected goal to go 2-0 up and then we got ourselves back in it at 2-1, only for them to score just before half-time.
“Then as we attacked in the second half, they scored not long after the break, and that was that really.”
He added: “It will be the same at Lewes, it all comes down to what happens on the day – but I know many of the Lewes players and they are a good side.”
Leatherhead have not played a league match since a 2-2 draw at Hastings last month, but Brady is non-plussed about a back-log of games.
“Part of the reason we’re being drawn against very good teams in the competitions is that we’ve put some good runs together,” he said.
“But it does mean we’re falling behind in the league, but we’ve had that before and we’ll deal with it.”
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