Deal Town 4-1 Fisher
Saturday 18 December 2021
SCEFL Premier Divison
Fish Scorer: Main (6 mins)
photo credit: Dave Anderson
In their final game before Christmas and possibly the final game before a suspension of football, Fisher fell to a comprehensive defeat on the Kent coast against a dominant Deal Town side.
With several players unavailable, either struck by COVID, injured or suspended Fisher knew they were always going to be up against a stern test against an in form side, smarting from their 3-0 defeat at St Paul’s earlier in the season. An early warning was served when Troy Howard skipped inside Sam Fitzgerald’s tackle and shot hard against the upright with just five minutes gone. However Fisher immediately went down the other end and Malaki Coker skipped past two tackles only to be felled by a third and as everyone looked towards the referee, who turned down the penalty appeals, Harry Main nipped in to tuck the loose ball home and give the Fish the lead.
It was a lead that was to only last twelve minutes as Adewunmi gave away a careless free kick out wide on the right and two attempts to clear the in-swinging delivery saw the ball fall to Tom Chapman who smashed a low drive into the net to equalise.
Chances for the Fish were few and far between, with Coker scuffing an effort that was easily gathered by Tompkins in the Deal goal, whilst Carpanini in the Fisher goal had to pull off two athletic saves to stop the hosts going in front. His efforts were in vain though as on the stroke of half time a perfectly flighted corner saw Billy Munday attack the six yard box with purpose and leap high to head home powerfully from two yards out, giving Carpanini no chance.
Ten minutes into the second half Fisher failed to learn their lessons, and having coughed up another needless cheap corner, the deep delivery was thundered home by Kane Smith, rising highest at the far post. The third goal killed the game as a contest and despite a later flurry that saw Thompson drag an effort wide and a long range free kick from almost half way from Temi Oladejo almost catching Tompkins out as the ball bounced past the far post, Fisher rarely looked like getting back into the game. Thompson wasted the best chance of a consolation late on when not getting enough power or bend in his shot, having jinked into the box, allowing Tompkins to catch comfortably.
The hosts wrapped up the win with a fourth late on when yet another corner landed on a Deal head, with Munday forcing his uncontested header home.
Four goals from corners shows where the festive training programme will be centred, as hopefully the side are able to sort matters out with two home games planned over the Christmas and New Year period.