Leatherhead 1 Molesey 0

Over the last four seasons Molesey seem to have suffered cup heartache every year.

There was the semi-final defeat away at Camberley, the semi-final lost at Reading Town, and also the disappointing defeat after travelling all the way to Dereham in the FA Vase.

This season's heartache came at Fetcham Grove as the Moles went down to a late Leatherhead goal in the semi-final of the Surrey Senior Cup.

The Moles recalled all of the first team squad after sending a majority of fringe players to play Egham on Saturday.

Andy Graves, Luke Elliott, Jordan McCartney, Joe Pratley-Jones, Ashley Lodge, Ross Chalke and Darius Heravi were all brought into the starting eleven for the Moles' biggest game of the season.

You could tell there was a lot riding on this match from the outset with both sets of players allowing nerves to dominate them early on resulting in a lot of loose passes and sloppy play in possession.

But it would be fair to say that there was a distinct difference between the two teams with the home side looking distinctly more dangerous up front, their wide players were causing the defence problems all night and Andy Graves and Luke Elliott had a difficult night stemming the flow of crosses into the box.

The nerves were shown most clearly in the 18th minute when Luke Elliott had more time than he thought and ended up smacking a clearence off of Jordan McCartney and the ball spun just over the Moles own bar to give the Tanners a corner.

Leatherhead dominated possesion throughout the half but the Moles fashioned two chances in the fist 45 minutes. Firstly Ross Chalke had a weak effort easily held by the 'keeper and then Darius Heravi was forced just a little too far wide when he was otherwise in on goal.

The second half almost immediately settled into the same pattern as the first.

Within a few minutes the Moles defence was split by Leatherhead striker Andrews but his effort when in one-on-one cleared the crossbar by some distance.

A few minutes later Molesey broke forward and found themselves with four attackers against four defenders.

Ashley Lodge did well to create space for himself but his shot was deflected away from goal to Heravi who played it to the edge of the box for the on rushing James McShane. McShane's shot was scuffed slightly and when the ball went to the back post no one was there for the finish.

Just on the hour mark Luke Elliott gave away a silly freekick on the edge of the Molesey area. The ball was well struck from the freekick and bizarely it hit the underside of the bar bounced off of the floor and somehow landed on the roof of the net.

The Tanners fans and players were screaming that it had crossed the line but the referee pointed for a goal kick and the match continued.

However this started a twenty minute period of the game where Molesey were chasing shadows and Leatherhead really turned the screw.

To combat his men being overrun in the midfield Steve Webb withdrew Paul Cross for Aimee Blessing and sat with five in midfield to try and help the team retain possession.

But the Moles ran out with just seven minutes to go. Molesey won a corner that was cleared and set the home side up on the counter attack. After getting the ball to Hutchins he sidefooted the ball low and Colin Harris couldn't get down fast enough as the ball hit the bottom of his arm and bounced up into the goal.

The Moles threw on Michael Riggon for the last five minutes when they went back to a standard 4-4-2 and for the first time in the game they took the initiative and started forcing Leatherhead back.

With only a couple of minutes left on the clock Aimee Blessing hit a curling effort that was about a foot over the bar and then in the very last minute Molesey had their best opporutnity of the match.

In the fourth minute of stoppage time Molesey suddenly broke forward with Ashley Lodge, his ball down the side of the defence found Joe Pratley-Jones free and only 10 yards from goal.

The ball was on his weaker left foot but he hit a shot across the 'keeper that was tipped wide of the post by the 'keeper. The ball went an agonising inch from Michael Riggons boot when any touch would have converted the effort into a goal.

That was the last effort of the game and the Moles fans and players were devastated that they had come so close to snatching an equaliser at the death only to be denied by an inch of space.

Molesey's season is now effectively over from any chance of a trophies stand point but they will need to lift themselves up for their next match which is away at Sandhurst on Thursday.

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