Fisher FC 0-1 Cray Valley PM FC
Monday 9 February 2015
Southern Counties East League
Despite a spirited second half display, a below par first half doomed Fisher to defeat against Cray Valley on Monday evening
Fisher were under pressure within seconds of kick off, and Justin Lee did well to stay calm under pressure to make some important early saves.
The game was quick to become scrappy, with both sides guilty of needless fouls, and the atmosphere on the pitch became hostile as both sets of players were angered by decisions going against them. It was a questionable call from the referee that ultimately lead to Cray’s winning goal. The Millers were awarded a free kick out on the right wing which was whipped in to Laurent Hamici who headed the ball past the outstretched arm of Justin Lee to put his side in front in the 15th minute.
Cray could have added to their lead but some stout defending and a few good saves from Justin Lee kept the deficit at just one goal. The shining lights of the Fish strike force were Jordan Adekunle, who found freedom down the left wing and created a few chances, and Chas Davis who battled well down the right side and worked well with Alfie Roche.
After the break, Fisher looked a little more creative and threatening, with the introduction of Femi Akinwande (who replaced Max Rothwell) adding pace in attack. The Fish showed heart throughout the second period as they tried to level the scores, with the best chance of the half falling to Alfie Roche, who’s shot brushed the cross bar and went behind for a goal kick (despite appearing to deflect off of Stevie Sutton’s left glove).
Late on the game became stretched and Fisher’s back line came under scrutiny as Cray tried to seal the win, but some solid defending, most notably from Al-Hassan Oshilaja and Victor Borode meant dangerous chances were at a premium, with Justin Lee able to deal with what went his way.
Overall, a disappointing result, but a second half which gives a platform for progress, which the Fish will be hoping comes on Saturday when they host fellow SCEFL strugglers Erith Town (3pm kick off, Champion Hill).
Photo courtesy: Cray Valley twitter