Fisher FC 1 Beckenham Town 2
A battling Fish side succumb to moments of naivety and suffer a heart-breaking defeat.
Sound familiar? Well, the result on the pitch was about the only thing about last night that even vaguely resembled the dark days of last season. If you want a comprehensive match report, kentishfootball.co.uk will sort you out. Suffice to say that Fisher showed signs of promise, with excellent individual performances from flying winger (and scorer of an audacious lob) Elstrom Die, midfielder Louis Sprosen, and goalkeeper Danny Baldwinson who deservedly picked up the man-of-the-match award. Ryan Palmer came on as substitute and looked lively on the right wing. Sadly, poor marking twice let the Fish down, though James Holder’s finish for Beckenham’s winner was first class.
But if Fish lost the battle on the pitch, the night was a clear victory off it. An excellent gate of 222 was entertained from start to finish, and Die’s equalising goal drew the loudest roar heard at a Fisher game for a long, long time. The merchandise stall (merchandise? At the Fish? Whatever next?!) was busy all night, doing a fine line in badges and smart polo shirts. Former Fish favourites Wayne Burnett and Steve Watts came to check out the new regime – it is to be hoped that Wayne left before he saw Die’s performance!
Many a Fish fan, and committee member, was heard to comment after the game that ‘it felt like a win’. And it was a victory for all those who refused to let Fisher die on 13th May 2009, who worked tirelessly all summer to establish a new club, run by the fans, and get us playing competitive football three months later. It is an incredible turnaround, and the committee in particular can feel rightly proud of the job they have done – in tougher months ahead it will be important to remember that nights like this are why we bother.
C’mon the Fish!