Kennington 1-0 Fisher
Saturday 3 December 2021
SCEFL Premier Division
Photo credit: John Green
On another grey and cold afternoon Fisher produced a lacklustre performance which matched the weather for a lack of brightness and in a very forgettable game went down to a single goal defeat.
Manager Ajay Ashanike experimented with a back three with Luke Thomas and Temi Oladejo advanced into wing backs, but with hosts paying three up top, the experiment did not work and Fisher’s back three had their hands full with a player each and the extra men in midfield failing to get any dominance.
Whilst Isaac Thompson had the game’s first chance, stabbing over when working some space outside the box, it was Kennington who took the lead on 18 minutes. An unfortunate ricochet off Michael Sarpong found no one home in left back slot due the formation and the Kennington wide player played onside allowing him to pick out one of three Kennington players rushing into the box to bundle the ball into the net.
Fisher’s only chance of note to get back level in the forts half came when Oladejo’s cross saw defender clear under pressure from Harry Main and a hopeful penalty claim from the resulting corner that appeared to strike a defenders arm in being cleared.
The second half saw Fisher revert to a 433 formation and whilst this gave more possession still did not result in any real pressure on the Kennington goal and keeper Joe Mant was not forced into any meaningful saves. The few dead ball situations that came Fisher’s way often saw a poor delivery frequently not beating the first man.
Neil Spencer, Arinze Ossai and Christian Udo were brought on as Fisher turned to shuffle the pack and find some inspiration but it was not be a frustrating afternoon and none of the changes had any real impact bar Udo’s presence holding the ball in the Kennington half a little better.
The frustration grew as the referee saw every challenge as worthy of a yellow card which eventually resulted in a second yellow for Julio Da Mata late on. Unlike last weekend the late siege of the hosts goal did not materialise and the very low quality game petered out with the hosts taking the points.