Dec 21 2011 By Jon Batham
DANNY Leech is hoping for a ‘special delivery’ on his own on Boxing Day – a long overdue win in the Wealdstone Harrow derby.
The Borough postie has been flat out on Saturday’s for weeks, having already done a full day’s work delivering the nation’s Christmas greetings on his round in Feltham, before dashing to Earlsmead to take his place in the Harrow rear-guard.
Consequently, he is hoping a full night’s kip free of an early morning alarm call will help produce Harrow’s first win in the festive fixture for many a moon.
“A special delivery of my own of a win in the Wealdstone derby with a couple of goals would be nice,” he said. “We haven’t won a derby on Boxing Day in my time so it is due and they have given us a few hammerings in recent years so we owe them.”
“At least Boxing Day I won’t have done a postal round and I will be fresh and not had to wake up at 4am hopefully.
“Today I had to rush to get here as I didn’t finish until 12:30pm – I’d already done a full day’s work and then had to do 90 minutes on the pitch.”
Not that the 27-year-old is under any illusions about the task ahead of Borough at The Vale given their rivals have suffered just one defeat in 17.
And with an influx of new players at Borough since the arrival of boss Dave Anderson in the summer, Leech is also aware he and the few other remaining stalwarts will have to brief the uninitiated on the ‘niceties’ and unique atmosphere of games with the Stones.
He added: “There are a few new lads who do not know the significance of the Wealdstone derby, but us lads who have been here a while will let them know what it is about.
“We have got to be at it from the start because their fans are going to be loud and on our backs. And Wealdstone are flying at the moment, but that could work in our favour if they underestimate us.”