Despite the vocal backing of the Fisher faithful on a cold Saturday at St Paul’s it was the same result as much of the season, with an early goal knocking the home side early which they never recovered from. Sevenoaks dangerman Byron Walker opened the scoring after 9 minutes, with the now familiar punt over the Fisher backline catching everyone apart from Walker out – who knocked in a great finish over Ricky Wadman. Gary was understandably disappointed to see his side caught out again.
“I’m so disappointed that we let a goal in the first 9 mins, but it was a great finish from Byron Walker. If you give a player with his quality time and space, he will punish you. We tried a few new things out there today, with the aim of staying in the game after our last few. I played a 4-5-1 purely to keep it tighter and stay in the game which I think paid off, we had a more solid base out there. It was nice to have Luke Haidarovic and Dwayne Agyemang back after they’ve both had lengthy injury layouts, and I think it showed what they bring to the team in terms of physicality and mentality. Both teams created some good chances in the opening 45 minutes; the last 10 minutes of the first half we had 3 or 4 very good chances to get ourselves back into the game but didn’t have the composure and quality to finish it off.”
Into the second period the Fish started as they had closed out the first period, building play well and creating chances – but all that hard work was undone on 65 as Harrison Carnegie capitalised on some dithering at the back to put the visitors 2 up. “We started the second half well and dominated for the opening 20 mins; truth be told, we should have got the goal we deserved but it just hasn’t happened. Five minutes later we should have stopped their cross into the box but we’ve not got bodies in the way, they get their first chance of the half and put it away. From there on in I would say they kept the ball well and managed the game, and unfortunately that’s another game that’s crept away from us.”
Gary did have a word of praise for Toyo Adeshina, a player who seems to be growing in confidence with every game he gets in a Fisher shirt – “Toyo is very dangerous, and put in some good driving runs today, but he came off with a pulled hamstring so hopefully it’s not that bad. We move on to the next training sessions and keep working hard to put this right. With no game next Saturday we will get the side together and train early on, then look forward to Tuesday night with a cup game at home to Sheppey United. We’ve obviously seen that other results went against us today, so we have got to turn this around ASAP and not get left behind.”
As Gary mentioned, due to Corinthian’s involvement in the FA Vase 2nd Round this weekend our trip to Gay Dawn Farm is to be rescheduled, so the Fish have a weekend off. We are back in action at St Paul’s on Tuesday 15 November with a home tie against Sheppey United in the Macron SCEFL Challenge Cup 2nd Round.
Fisher 0 – 2 Sevenoaks Town
Sevenoaks Town goals – Byron Walker ‘9, Harrison Carnegie ’65
Fisher Starting XI – Wadman, Roche, Miller, Hussein (c), Agyemang, Haidarovic, Adeshina, Pineda, Booker, Mensah, McLeod-Bentley
Fisher subs – Izukanne, Graham (on for McLeod-Bentley), Jabbie, Menga (on for Booker), McKenzie
Attendance – 156
Photograph © David Anderson. There are more match images on Dave’s Flickr page.