Jack Hayman reports from St Paul’s for The Non-League Chronicles. Check out their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/thenonleaguechronicles/
Fisher & Deal Town played out a decent game of football to a 0-0 draw, in front of record crowd at St Paul’s on Saturday. The visitors had the first real opportunity with the game 6 minutes old, a ball from Troy Howard was only half flicked away by Sam Fitzgerald into the path of Jack Paxman. He took a touch and looked to have found the bottom corner but Fitzgerald atoned excellently and made a wonderful goal-line clearance to keep the scores level.
Deal were the better side in the opening period & Howard should have opened the scoring when he was left unmarked at the far post but could only head wide. Tarik Ibrahim had the first chance for The Fish soon after. Receiving the ball and turning his man before firing inches wide of the left hand upright.
The game went a bit flat with both sides cancelling each other out. Rob Brown had a great chance after a slick passing move started by Ibrahim nutmegging his man. Luke Thomas had made a surging overlapping run and he found Udo, who laid the ball off to Brown on the edge of the area but he fired straight at the keeper when well placed.
There was one more chance in the half, as a long ball found Paxman who evaded Luke Thomas and fired wide at the near post leaving Charlie Payne untroubled.
Fisher came out of the traps in the second half as Yilla & Katonia combined well early on before the latter fired into the keepers arms. Charlie Payne was called into action when Alfie Foster found himself free at the back post at a corner, he made a good reflex save before Christian Udo cleared.
Fisher had a lot of possession in the half but couldn’t find the final ball too often. Josh Biddlecombe had a great chance to break the deadlock on the counter after receiving the ball in the left hand channel. James Tonkin in goal did well to be fair & narrowed the angle, producing a good save with his legs.
Jamie Yilla was probably the most creative outlet for the home side and he had a go with an ambitious chip from a short corner routine which forced a punch from Tonkin in goal.
There was one last chance right at the death, Kevin Songolo introduced from the bench as a forward wriggled past a couple of Deal defenders in the area – but blasted well wide when well placed.
It was certainly a game with defences on top and Fisher can certainly look on the clean sheet as a positive in a game where several first team players were unavailable through injury.
MOTM: Jamie Yilla (Fisher) – Created some good opportunities & caused problems throughout.
Fisher: Payne, Thomas (C), Sarpong, Da Mata, Fitzgerald, Fauw, Ibrahim (Opoku 61), Katonia, Udo (Biddlecombe 69), Brown, Yilla (Songolo 75)
Not used: With, Carpanini
Booked: Udo (37) Fauw (63)
Deal: Tonkin, Hark, Penny, Foster, Greenfield, Munday, Paxman, Murray (C), Wilson, Scott (Stannard 61), Howard (Baker 69)
Referee: Tom Fennelly
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