Fisher 4-2 Erith Town
Tuesday 26 September
SCEFL Premier Division
Matchball Sponsor: Millwall Community Trust
Scorers: Thomas Ngegba (33 mins), Manny Shoderu (37 mins), Conor Darwish (58 mins), Eniye Amgbaduba (87 mins)
Fisher’s goal glut in home games continued with another high scoring victory at St Pauls as Erith Town were beaten 4-2 under the lights.
New signing Nathan Tshola was given a place on the bench and Luke Thomas and Manny Shoderu returned to the starting eleven, replacing Ezekiel Miller and Inesh Sumithran, with Jojo Kinzonzi and Pat Hoy also joining the substitutes list after missing out at the weekend.
While Fisher quickly got control in midfield, pushing the ball around well with some slick passing, it was Erith Town who had the first sight of goal with a volleyed effort from distance just dipping over the bar and James Dyer saw a deflected shot pass wide of the goal. Fisher themselves put the Erith goal under some early pressure with a couple of corners but they lacked the quality in delivery to unduly trouble the visiting defence.
Fisher were certainly well on top in midfield with Charles Yiadom-Konadu putting in a trademark display of ball carrying and clever passing, but for all the good build up play with Conor Darwish regularly joining attacks from full back, a final pass would not quite create an opening. Andres Tobon and Yiadom-Konadu both has shots from distance easily saved by the Foley in the Erith goal. Another long range dipping effort from Dyer at the other end had Sam Amedu back peddling and relieved to see the ball pass over the bar as he fell back into the netting.
Fisher then wasted a great chance for the opener when Foley saved well after Manny Shoderu had been fed the ball on the left with time to pick a spot. However, the opening goal arrived seconds later, just past the half hour mark, as Yiadom-Konadu was felled after a surging run from halfway, with the midfield maestro getting back on his feet to deliver a peach of a cross from the resulting free kick, to allow Thomas Ngegba to power home a header from eight yards out.
Four minutes later Fisher doubled their lead with Shoderu atoning for his earlier miss, after great work down the left from Andres Tobon and Yiadom-Konadu had allowed him to be teed up twelve yards out and he slipped the ball effortlessly past Foley. Erith thought they had grabbed a goal back shortly before half time, when Harry Taylor hooked home from the edge of the box only to see an offside flag raised.
The second half continued in the same style with Fisher looking firmly on top thanks to a dominant midfield, with Tyron Mbuenimo deputising very effectively for Miller in the holding role and both full backs joining in attacks down the flanks. On fifty seven minutes Fisher added a third when Yiadom-Konadu switched play with a cross field pass and Conor Darwish skipped inside a tackle and ignoring the fact the ball was on his weaker right foot, smashed a swerving effort into the near top corner for a goals of the month contender.
Fisher had two great chances to wrap the game up with a fourth as a wonderful one touch passing passage of play ended up with Shoderu flashing a low shot wide after Yaidom-Konadu’s clever reverse pass put him in on goal and Fred Obasa raced clear in a counter-attack on the left only to see Foley save well as he looked to push the ball under the keeper. The Fish were almost made to pay for those two misses though, as with just over ten minutes to play a deep corner found Ryan Mahal at the back post to head home and with their tails up Erith added a second when Henry Arnold found space to nip in and touch the ball past Amedu and then roll it into the empty net to set up a nervy ending.
However, Fisher were not be denied the points and three minutes from time a sublime one touch passing move from a short corner routine drew Erith’s markers out of position and Obasa cut in from the left to pull the ball back to substitute Eniye Amgbaduba who side footed home from close range.
With the two goal cushion restored Fisher saw out the added time but still needed a fabulous one handed save from Amedu to stop the visitors pulling a third goal back, the big stopper getting down to his right to keep out Dyer’s header with a strong hand.
The final whistle signalled three more points added to the impressive early season tally as Fisher consolidated their spot in the top three. With goals raining in, these are exciting times in SE16 as the 198 in attendance will vouch for.