On Saturday afternoon we welcome Tunbridge Wells to St Paul’s for the first time, with the Fish looking to start swimming in the right direction again after back-to-back defeats. Jason Bourne’s Tunbridge are probably the perfect opposition for Abbo and the team to get back to winning ways against, with The Wells currently languishing second bottom on just 2 points. Bourne was captain on Tunbridge’s most famous day of recent years when they reached Wembley in the FA Vase in 2012/13.
Tunbridge enjoyed a good victory last time out with a 4-1 at home against Steying Town in the FA Vase, a result which goes against their League form. Aside from draws away at Erith Town (2-2) and at Beckenham Town (0-0), The Wells have struggle so far with four defeats at the hands of Corinthian (1-2), AFC Croydon Athletic (1-3), Crowborough Athletic (1-2) and Sevenoaks Town (2-0).
Last season there was only 2 points between Tunbridge and the Fish, with the visitors finishing just ahead of us in 14th. It was two wins for The Wells last year, with a 0-3 turnover at Champion Hill and 3-2 at the Culverden Stadium, goals for Fisher coming from Alfie Roche and Shelton Gooden, following Reion McFarlane’s early red card.
Whilst points have been hard to come by for the visitors, there have been a few standout performances. Midfielder Ollie Bankole (pictured) scored twice in the Vase last week, adding to a goal in the FA Cup in August. Perry Spackman has a couple of goals to his name too, and will need to be closely watched from set pieces.
As ever we will be open at St Paul’s from 1.45pm, ready for a 3pm kick off. The Clubhouse will be open with hot and cold drinks (still no alcohol at this stage due to further delays in the awarding of the ground management contract), the Fisher Super Draw will be back with the chance to win £25, and you can still save money on the cost of following the Fish by picking up a Season Ticket for just £90, and you can get involved as a Member for just £10. Normal service will also be resumed with programmes following the shortages last weekend, with a reduction in price to £1.
For anyone travelling to St Paul’s looking to make a day of it, why not check out some of the local buildings that are participating in this weekend’s Open House London event. Our pick of the local architectural treats are the Brunel Museum, Canada Water Library and CGP London.