Tanners trip for Blues

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Blues will be looking for their third straight league victory when they travel to Leatherhead on Saturday.
The trip to Fetcham Grove on Saturday will see Blues travel to the Surrey side for the first time in 18 years, and they will face a team who are one place behind them in the 11th with 42 points from 29 games.
When they sides met on August Bank Holiday Saturday and 89th minute goal from Jake Cass on his Blues debut gave the hosts a share of the points with a 1-1 draw.
The Tanners had a decent FA Cup run, reaching the final qualifying round with wins against Herne Bay, Haverhill Rovers and Hanwell Town before bowing out in a home replay against Hitchin Town, but their FA Trophy campaign  was brief as they lost 5-1 at league rivals Folkestone Invicta.

The Tanners are another old rival for the Blues, and they even have their own song at Woodside Park. The sides haven’t met since the 2000/01 season when we won 2-1 at Fetcham Grove before we pushed them towards relegation with a 4-0 home win in February 2001. After winning promotion through the play-offs four years ago, the Tanners had three mid-table seasons before narrowly missing out on the play-offs last year, finishing sixth with 79 points.

They reached the FA Cup second round last season, with their run including a televised replay win against Billericay Town in the first round, before losing 3-1 at Wycombe Wanderers. But they were subsequently found to have played an ineligible player at the start of that run and missed out on the prize money. They were less successful in the FA Trophy, going out against Royston in the second stage after a home win against Hythe Town.

Our most high-profile meetings with the Surrey side came back in 1974 when – as Amateur Cup holders – we received a bye to the first

Author: Dave Ryan