Leafe dominate but leave it late for winWhyteleafe's strong start to the 2017-18 season continued with another victory that keeps them in second place, behind the leaders Walton Casuals on goals scored. Leigh Dynan’s men had the upper hand for long spells of the match but left it late to get the goals that kept up their 100% home record this season.
Guernsey had the first chance of the match in the fifth minute when Charlton Gauvin headed over from Kyle Smith's cross but the home side soon had the upper hand. Andrew Musungu shot just over in the ninth minute and Simon Geall almost turned a Bradley Simms cross into his own net. Tommy Hutchings forced a good save from Callum Stanton with a powerful 20 yard shot in the 18th minute.
Leafe had much the better of the half but the Green Lions defended resolutely and in number to keen open chances to a minimum. The visitors had two half chances of their own: Tom Dodds flicking on a long ball in the 33rd minute straight at Matt Pierson then a speculative 40 yard shot from Smith in the 40th minute when he spotted Pierson off his line and the home keeper scrambled back to keep the ball out.
Whyteleafe had the ball in the net in the 43rd minute. Jahmal Howlett-Mundle backheeling a ball from Shawn Clement-Peter into the net, however the Leafe captain was adjudged to have been in an offside position when the ball came to him.
The second half was completely dominated by the home team: Musungu had a 48th minute shot saved and then Hutchings shot wide from 25 yards. Sam Clayton headed over from a fine 56th minute cross from Hutchings. Ajakaiye cut into the box and shot over, then on the hour Clement Peter broke clear in the box and Stanton made a great save to deflect the ball beyond the post. Musungu then hit a 30 yard drive inches wide.
The popular Jerry Amoo came on as a substitute and in the 72nd minute, hit a shot that was deflected into the side netting by Harry Tobin.
The first of the night’s two goals came in the 73rd minute. Simms, an excellent recent acquisition from Erith Town, cross found Hutchings in the box. His shot was blocked on the line but following up, the former Leatherhead striker shot into the back of the net.
Self-confidence grew having taken the lead and the Leafe supporters only had to wait three minutes to see the score doubled. This time Hutchings was the provider, sending his striking partner clear with a neat flick, Daniel Ajakaiye slotted the ball under the advancing Stanton in typical fashion.
Whyteleafe were now attacking at will and with a little more composure in front of goal could and should have scored more, but many attempts were going high or wide with everyone keen to get on the score sheet.
Guernsey did have a couple of late chances for a consolation but Pierson made saves from Paris Pereira and Alex Le Provost.
Whyteleafe: Pierson, Simms, Musungu, Oluwatimilehin, Howlett-Mundle, Forbes, Azeez (Amoo 64), Clement-Peter (Day 83), Ajakaiye, Hutchings, Clayton (Gnahore 75). subs not used Scarborough, Postance.