Ashford United 2-1 Fisher FC
Saturday 5 December 2015
Southern Counties East League
Fisher left their away game with Ashford with no reward for their solid efforts as a penalty either side of the break proved enough to ensure the points stayed at the Homelands.
Fisher looked strong throughout the game, settling quickly on a near perfect 3G surface. The backline looked solid from the start, complementing a well organised, fluent midfield display well.
Shelton Gooden started the game as the lone striker with Travis Gregory and debutant James Fray looking to provide opportunities from the wings, and this worked well, but Ashford’s defence held out and quelled the Fish attack well.
The hosts were fairly tame and only managed to carve out a few half chances. Moments before the break, Ashford got forward in numbers and won a corner after confusion at the back between Rob Curtis and Daniel Flemming.
Fisher struggled to clear the resulting corner and eventually, as left back Jack Martin headed the ball away, conceded a penalty after a foul from Rob Curtis. The right back was awarded a straight red card, and the penalty was converted by Paul Booth, despite the best efforts of Joel Hannington.
After the break, Ashford won another penalty after Daniel Flemming was deemed to have fouled an Ashford striker just inside the box. Booth stepped up again and fired home again, this Hannington was powerless as he went the wrong way.
Fisher kept their heads and continued to press Ashford, and after introducing Alfie Roche and Emiliano Hysi (who replaced Fray and Jamie Taylor respectively) looked likely to pull one back.
Hysi grabbed his chance in the 80th minute, firing home a well struck free kick with help from the post to reduce the deficit to one goal.
Late on Frazer Bent was introduced in place of Jack Martin as the Fish looked to through everything at their hosts, but ultimately time ran out with the scores still at 2-1.
Read more here: http://fisherfc.co.uk/2015/12/05/a-tale-of-two-penalties/
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