Whyteleafe boss Fowler is too wily to talk promotion just yet

High-fliers: Louis Hollingworth in action for the Leafe in the 7-2 win over Fisher at the weekend

High-fliers: Louis Hollingworth in action for the Leafe in the 7-2 win over Fisher at the weekend

First published in Non-League Sutton Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Sports editor

Whyteleafe may be in the hot seat for promotion out of the Southern Counties East League, but boss John Fowler is too wily to get carried away.

Saturday's 7-2 win over Fisher - the third time Leafe have hit seven goals this season - has opened a six-point gap at the top of the table. 

Nearest challengers Ashford United were held to a 2-2 draw at Fisher on Monday night, and they go to Corinthian on Wednesday.

Leafe face a trip to Greenwich Borough tonight, before they go to Ashford United for what Fowler calls a "key game".

He said: "We started very well against Fisher, and after 15 minutes we were 2-0 up and I thought it was going to be a massive score.

"But credit to them coming back to 2-2, although our third goal just before half-time probably took the stuffing out of them.

"I needed to have a good word with the lads at half-time, just to remind them to stick to what we had done in training."

He added: "When we play Ashford, they will have had two games since last weekend, whereas we will have had just one.

"It's a key game because we could be nine points clear at the end and that may be too much for Ashford to make up.

"But football is funny old game, and I have been around too long to know that things can change very quickly."

Fowler also paid homage to the Leafe faithful who have been starved of success for many years following relegation from Ryman Division One South two years ago.

He said: “The supporters have been superb all season, and they have had a great impact on the team.

"They always talk with the players and there's a good buzz around the place.”


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