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Fisher 5-0 Rusthall
Saturday 31 July
SCEFL Premier Divison
Beer £10.50 x3
Game -12 21/22
The last day of July is of course an early start to the new Scefl season but an entirely understandable early start. With the dreaded c not far from everyone’s minds. It’s a sensible decision from the league to get the season underway a few weeks early. With months and months of friendly fixtures and lockdown cup tournaments a plenty it’s time to get underway in the league where three points for a win will once again be the bread & butter.
With the weather more Noah’s arc than midsummer Newly promoted Rusthall are today’s visitors to St Paul’s for the curtain raiser to the 21/22 season. Rusthall have recruited well over the summer and all eyes will be on bagsman Luke Adam’s who moved from Punjab United. Punjab’s loss will be Rusthalls gain.
The turnstiles clicking steadily people paying for season tickets, memberships and people paying for their player/staff sponsorships at St Paul’s it’s great to be back.
AJ has had the Rolodex open once again as he has been busy bringing in Fishers next lot of stars over the summer. Welcome to Lee Weemes, Dennis Asante, Victor Van Doleweerd, Greg McCrudden, Aaron Glasgow, Bruno Joblima, Victor Rambla, Patrick Hoy, Christian Portaresco, Lennart Hein and the returning Julio da Mata.
Would also like to place on record our thanks to the players who have departed over the summer. All the best for the future and thanks for all your efforts while wearing the famous black & white strip of the mighty Fisher.
With the rain coming down in biblical proportions before kick off everyone was thankful that the rain passed quickly.
Early doors Sam Fitzgerald just missed his connection on the ball and Revel Powel-Downey had St Pauls to himself. As Tommy Taylor began to close the angle Powel-Downey bent his effort wide of the post. An early let off for Fisher.
16 in and Fisher finally got their first sight of the Rusthall goal when Coker gets an effort on target. This was after a pinball machine melee in the Rusthall box.
Fisher earned a corner after a rushed Rusthall clearance. The corner was quickly taken and the far post delivery was beautiful. Sadly the ball went out for a goal kick with everyone pointing fingers at each other.
The game itself was pretty bogged down in midfield. This was until the ref decided to make himself busy by booking a Rusthall defender and debutant Weemes.
The handbags had woken the Fish from there slumber and a fine move involving Skipper Thomas and Coker down the right saw Weemes get on the end of Coker’s cross but his header goes just wide.
On the half hour Weemes gets away down the left channel after a pass from another debutant in the shape of Victor Van Doleweerd. Weemes cross is gathered low by Matt Bailey at his near post. Tommy Taylor showed great awareness as he had to race off his line to beat Powel-Downey to ball.
Fisher now looking the more likely to open the scoring went close again as Weemes brings another save from Bailey after Thomas crossed in from the right. A minute later Micheal Sarpong opened the scoring with a slightly deflected rocket that found its way into Baileys top left hand corner. 1-0
Close to half time Rusthall earned themselves a corner when Aaron Glasgow cleared well when under pressure. The corner was cleared by his centre half Partner Sam Fitzgerald who on the day was a real leader. Shouting at his team mates organising and marking Luke Adam’s out of the game.
HT Fisher 1-0 Rusthall
With the second half moments old a Sarpong free kick from inside his own half caused some trouble in the Rusthall box as Sam Fitzgerald beat everyone to ball. His knockdown was hammered away. Jack Gibbons entered the fray for Fisher replacing Van Doleweerd on the left wing. Micheal Sarpong tried to catch Bailey off his line when he cut a cute shot over the keeper that just went over the bar.
Fisher are now well in control of the game and a second goal will now put the game out of Rusthall’s reach.The game was well and truly out of Rusthalls reach when debutant Lee Weemes bagged himself a five minute hat trick. Not only is Weemes on the front of today’s programme he can sing Marios you should let me love you as well. Who knew!!
If Carlsberg did debuts this would have been it. Weemes is not the quickest he will tell you that. But he reads the game well and when Ryan Styles didn’t put enough weight on his back pass Weemes was all over it bursting through and slotting home for a debut goal on the hour. 2-0
Young Dennis Asante another debutant makes way for Fisher stalwart Trey Small.
Three minutes after his first goal Weemes bangs home from 25 yards when he catches Bailey out of position. 3-0
Two minutes later and Rusthall had put the white flag up as Weemes downward header at the far post was just over the line for a five minute treble. Has anyone at Fisher scored a faster hatrick? 4-0
Weemes departed to a standing ovation to be replaced by Christian Udo.
The icing was put on the cake when hard working Coker got the goal that his performance deserved when Hein played him in. A neat swivel and a rifled finish into the roof of the net put Fisher top of the table at 5pm. 5-0
FT Fisher 5-0 Rusthall
NLC MOM (Lee Weemes) Dream Debut
– Michael Sarpong
– Lee Weemes (3)
– Malaki Coker
Fisher Man of the match: Lee Weemes