Tunbridge Wells 3-2 Fisher FC
Saturday 14 November 2015
Southern Counties East League
by Kent and Sussex Courier
Jason Bourne admits there was a sense of relief after celebrating his first win as Tunbridge Wells manager on Saturday. In horrendous conditions, Wells beat ten-man Fisher 3-2 at Culverden.
“You don’t want it going on too long, especially just playing Saturday games and having a week to wait to put it right,” Bourne said. “It does feel like a sense of relief now we’re up and running. There’s been a lot of hard work from the management team and the players over the last couple of weeks, so it’s nice to see something back. The boys have given everything – even last week – and now we’re getting them playing the way we want.
“It was a good win. We conceded early, that put us on the back foot and again, it was a very, very preventable goal. But the boys were brilliant, they responded well and played with tempo and good possession to work their way back into it.”
Wells didn’t get off to the best start, Alfie Roche giving the visitors the lead on seven minutes. But Bourne’s side came storming back. The game’s turning point came on 12 minutes when Fisher’s Reion McFarlane was sent-off for kicking out at a player off the ball and Wells’ Jamie Lawrence scored from the resulting free-kick, the ball being swung in and evading everyone.
And it got better for the hosts as Joe Nwoko, with a fine turn and shot, and Jason Barton, heading home another Lawrence free-kick, put them 3-1 up at the break. Bourne admits he had to hook Lawrence at the break, fearing the midfielder would get a second booking.
“We were 3-1 up but given our history in the second-half we weren’t too comfortable. We knew we had to come out and at least continue what we’d started.
“We had Digger on a yellow and he made a needless tackle before half-time. He was on thin ice so I took him off and had a reshuffle. That played into their hands a bit, Digger is such a tenacious player, especially given the conditions.
“But we started brightly and Joe, who was a handful again, had a couple of chances. We should have put the game to bed.
“They played with ten for most of the game, and in fairness, you wouldn’t have known. They did well, it was a good game, but we were well-worthy of the three points.”
In increasingly unplayable conditions, Fisher pulled one back late on, Shelton Gooden making it 3-2, but it was too little, too late. Bourne revealed midfielder John Sinclair has left the club. The Wells boss is also hoping to announce two exciting signings in the next couple of days.