Play-off contenders Cray took all three points against a Tanners side that deserved to come away, at least, with a point.

Bob Langford was without Tommy Moorhouse , Jean-Serge Musungu (injured) and John Wilfort (unavailable) for this match.

Both Steve Goddard and Tony Cuff returned to the side with Cuff taking over the more forward central midfield role and Goddard wide to the right.

On the face of it both players were not in their usual positions but, until Godard retired injured, the changed worked well.

There is no doubt that the Tanners were the better side in the first half.

Cray were continually forced on to the back foot. Within the first minute, some effective Leatherhead pressure gained a corner on the right.

The ball was played long to Iain Hendry whose effort was well blocked by goalkeeper, Glen Knight.

The second corner produced a more routine save but set the pattern for most of the first half.

With the Tanners midfield – well lead by Stewart Holmes not allowing the Wanderers’ time to settle on the ball, the home side were forced into a series of errors that increased the pressure on their defence. Kev Terry could have opened his account with a skied shot at the far post from yet another Leatherhead corner.

Ironically it was some rare Cray pressure that lead to the Tanners’ goal.

A corner to the home side was cleared and reached Tom Hutchings. The young forward – who had looked dangerous all through the game – played an exquisite through ball that completely split the defence for Terry to convert with a low shot that gave Knight no chance.

The goal, coming right on the half time whistle was the ideal way to finish a half that the visitors had dominated.

A Cray half time team talk had the desired effect and an entirely different home side emerged from the dressing room.

They immediately took the game to Leatherhead who defended solidly and still had chances of their own.

Wanderers had replaced the ineffective Leigh Bremner with 18 year old Richmond Kissi and the youngster added extra energy to a determined Cray attack.

The home side drew level after 54 minutes. A poor clearance was found Kissi whose cross shot seemed goal bound but Lewis Wood bundled it into the net the share the honours.

Leatherhead had been slow to start this half and were made to pay for it but Cray are a strong, well organised side who were certainly not about to give any points away.

It was another mistake that gave Cray the lead in the 89th minute. A poor defensive error let in Richmond Kissi and he made no mistake with a powerful, low shot that beat the diving Chris Lewington.

Despite losing all three points – badly needed by the Mole Valley side – the Tanners did more than enough to deserve at least a share of the points.

Kev Terry has found his confidence again and, although Tom Hutchings is finding goals harder to come by, his distribution and eye for a killer ball has shown a maturity beyond his years.

The main problem is that they are leaking goals through defensive errors.

The defence should be good enough to keep out most Ryman attacks but lapses in concentration made them pay dearly on the night.

Team Lewington, Williams, Palmer, Hendry, Cartledge, Holmes(S), Cuff, Goddard (Shannon), Terry, Hutchings (Mitchell), Henry