Dorking Wanderers proved why they were worthy Bostik Premier League champions as they put three past by Leatherhead at Fetcham Grove.

The Wanderers, who were given a guard of honour by the Tanners, showed their class and firepower with goals from Jason Prior, Matthew Briggs and James McShane to claim the bragging rights in the Mole Valley Derby.

With the play-offs still in reach, The Tanners were keen to get back to winning ways after a disappointing result against Brightlingsea Regent and manager Nikki Bull fielded a starting 11 without a recognised striker.

Dorking took the lead in the 16th minute when their top scorer, Jason Prior added to his tally by expertly finishing from the edge of the box. Prior was the first to pounce on a headed clearance from Will Seager and hit a sweet half volley that almost broke the net.

The first half saw few chances for either team as they battled for control of the game. The Tanners were unable to make the most of a number of set pieces and Dorking’s Briggs flashed a shot wide when played through by Prior.

The second half picked up where the first left off with half-time substitute, Elliot Buchanan firing into the side netting and Dan Gallagher dinking a shot over Slavomir Huk before Sam Beard cleared the ball off the line.

With The Tanners starting to take control of the game, a quick fire double by Dorking put an end to the contest.

Firstly, Matthew Briggs grabbed Dorking’s second with a composed finish sliding the ball under Zakl Oualah just before the hour mark. Within three minutes of their second Dorking sealed the win with a third from James McShane who had an easy task of tapping into an empty net after Jason Prior turned provider with a cross across the six-yard box.

The contest was all but over and a crowd of 816 saw The Tanners try to grab a goal but solid defending and wayward passing prevented them from making an impact.

Following the match, Tanners boss, Nikki Bull reflected on the game; “I think at the end of the day, the class told in the end. It was similar to when we played them at their place and they had that bit of quality at key moments in the game. They were ruthless today and were clinical in front of goal.”

With their play-off hopes distinguished, Bull said; “This season was about putting a foundation down. It took us time to get going, we wasted pre-season and the first 10 games of the season putting out a team that didn’t represent what I wanted but we had to build and slowly but surely we have done that.”

Leatherhead finish their season away to Kingstonian on Saturday looking to end their season on a high.