Fisher FC 1-2 Croydon
Saturday 24th January 2015
Southern Counties East Football League
Fisher ended a run of three months without a win when fellow strugglers Croydon visited Champion Hill on Saturday, writes Ian Murphy.
The Fish, once again with a host of new names on the teamsheet, started well although the first real effort didn’t come until the 15th minute, when Max Rothwell fired wide after Jordan Adekunle did well to find him with a well-placed cross.
Fisher continued to cause problems for the Trams backline, with Adekunle and Calvin Ekpiteta looking particularly dangerous on the break. A dangerously placed free kick for the Fish in the 30th minute almost provided a deserved lead, but Frazer Bent’s headed effort went wide of the target. Minutes later Bent was forced off after picking up an injury, which saw Chas Davis introduced.
Fisher finally took the lead in the 39th minute when Davis battled well to retain possession in the box before setting up Ekpiteta who fired the ball home.
At the other end, Justin Lee was once again in fine form, with Aaron Seales and debutant Jake McIntyre providing a solid defensive partnership.
In the second half, Croydon started to look a little more dangerous, but McIntyre continued to impress in the heart of the defensive line, which limited the Trams to just a handful of chances, with Justin Lee able to clear up each time.
A fast run from Adekunle down the left wing in the 53rd minute ripped Croydon apart and set up Davis who headed home Fisher’s second of the afternoon. With a safe lead now in place, Fisher tried to take control of the game and continued to excel in defence when required. Croydon’s best effort of the second half fell to substitute Matteo Badckham who saw his fine effort saved by Lee.
At the other end, Fisher could, and probably should, have extended their lead further after a dangerous move set up sub (and debutant) Hassan Janneh, but he was unable to make a good connection and scuffed the chance.
A late spell of pressure from Croydon threatened to cause trouble, but the backline kept calm and did well to help Justin Lee to a well-deserved clean sheet and ultimately three valuable points which moves them level with Croydon on the league table and gives a bit of breathing space between them and the bottom three.