With the Halloween season in full flow, unfortunately there was something of a horror show from the Fisher backline on Saturday as the side went down 4-1 on the road at Whitstable Town. Whilst the trip to the seaside might have brought some respite for the Fisher Faithful post-match, the scoreline on the pitch was far more trick than treat.
Fisher boss Gary Abbott was honest in his assessment of the performance. “Every goal we have conceded today was down to us, we’ve been our own downfall once again. For the opener Ricky Wadman should have been a bit smarter coming off his line and caught the ball in front of their forward before he gets his shot away from 6 yards out – with that you’re 1-0 down after 11 minutes. The second goal we have just stood and watch them throw the ball to their player when we should be much tighter to him and marking him out of the game; he then turns, runs 10 yards and shoots from 20 yards into top corner. Don’t get me wrong, it is a great goal from their lad, but it doesn’t happen if we mark him properly.” With those goals from Craig Thompson and Charlie Smith, the Oystermen went in 2-0 up at the break.
Unfortunately the second period didn’t see any change in the flow of the game, with Whitstable coverting through Darren Marsden 10 minutes after the break, before young centre-half Mikel Thompson sliced one through his own goal on 81 to make it 4-0. “Looking again at the third goal, we’ve got a centre half with the ball at his feet facing our own goalkeeper. If he makes the simple decisions and rolls it back to Ricky from their then there is no danger at all, but he tried playing his way into trouble and gives the ball to them and through they go to score. 3-0 down after we were all over them at the start of second half, but it’s all gone with another silly mistake. The last goal for them was an own goal from young Mikel, who instead of side footing the ball and getting a good contact just lashes out at the ball, slices it and it’s into our own goal.”
With 83 minutes on the clock Toyo Adeshina popped up unmarked in the Whitstable box to fire one home, but it was too little too late for the Fish, with the game finishing 4-1. Abbo was understandably disappointed with the performance, but focused once again on pulling the team together and getting set to go again; with results going in our favour elsewhere it is clear that we are only a couple of good results away from climbing the table.
“Looking at the last 20 mins we have created 3 or 4 good changes to score, we get one back through Toyo but it’s same old story, nothing I can do when we make individual mistakes. The team we had out there today just wasn’t strong enough, we can all see that. We only had one centre half available today, and he is a young man at 17 playing against players with experience. We’ve played people out of position, and only been able to name two on the bench. We’re looking like there are some positives over the coming weeks with Luke Haidarovic and Dwayne Agyemang both coming back from long-term injury layoffs. We all know what someone like Luke can bring to the team, so if we can get those two back to fitness then we are going to be stronger to go again. With a stronger squad and the great support we have I know we can get this turned around. I say every week about our supporters, they’re brilliant and it was the same yesterday. We will turn it around with their great support driving this team on.”
Whitstable Town 4 – 1 Fisher
Whitstable Town goals – Craig Thompson ’11, Charlie Smith ’21, Darren Marsden ’55, Mikel Thompson (o.g.) ’81
Fisher goals – Toyo Adeshina 83′
Fisher Starting XI – Wadman, Roche, Izukanne, Hussein (c) (off for Mckangou ’58), Adeshina, Thompson, Adesina (off for McKenzie ’46), Mensah, Menga, Williams, McLeod-Bentley
Fisher subs – Mackangou (on for Hussein), McKenzie (on for Adesina), Abbott
Attendance – 138
Match image (c) Leslie Biggs, courtesy of Whitstable Town. Full match gallery on Leslie’s Flickr album.