SOUTHERN COUNTIES EAST PREMIER @ ST PAULS STADIUM
14 JANUARY 2017 --- 3PM
|ST PAULS HOME OF FISHER FC|
After a batch of games in midweek and the threat of frost etc over the latter part of the week the research had been done for a 3g game and although on the day most games in the blogs normal area played this was one I was looking forward too a trip down saarrf, ok lets get the first north south reference out of the way early on!
The handy thing about base station is that its just around 2 hours on the train to the big city and when I arrived for the 10am train a little early I jumped aboard the 0940 which would get me into London for 1130. Just before departure there was a very brief chat with former England international Chris Waddle who was going down to London to BT to cover a game from the studios.
|188 TO CANADA WATER|
|FORMER HOME OF FISHER ATHLETIC|
|BACK ALONG THE THAMES SPOT THE BUILDINGS|
Onto the ground and Salter Road is a pretty standard fayre when you walk along it and then you spot the selection of floodlights and light bricked wall the most obvious missing item is a large sign stating Fisher FC and I guess that will be on its way there is no signage at all on the exterior but it is early days. There are two blocks of turnstiles with just one open today and a pleasant greeting was obtained after paying for admission and programme I purchased the £25 draw ticket.
|THE STAN AND CHANGING ROOMS WITH THE SHARD IN THE BACKGROUND|
|DUG OUT SIDE BACKING ONTO THE THAMES|
|NO CAPTION NEEDED|
|FLAG COMPETITION AS FISHER FC SHOW THERE ARTWORK OFF|
There was a quick chat with Ian the clubs secretary to obtain the teams and thank him for a prompt response to my previous evenings enquiry, always great when clubs get back to visitors questions thank you Fisher FC. The club shop had a variety of merchandise smaller than I had expected but I guess they don't carry to much extra stock most is too order.
|REFEREE WALLY JAMES WINNING IN THE FASHION STAKES|
Game time, at last I hear you say, the first action saw Whitstable in play and they should have taken the lead Charlie Smith saw his shot saved by the Fisher keepers legs and Connor Hood at the back post flashed his shot across the goal and wide. For The Fish Luke Haidarovic tested the visiting keeper Dan Eason.
|MATCH ACTION WITH THE FISHER DEFENCE WINNING THIS TIME|
|SPOT OF BOTHER|
The second half developed into a little bit of a non event the neutrals were hoping for a Fisher goal to make it a potential comeback but they were trying hard but could not put any real flowing moves together which was a credit to the hardworking Whitstable team.
|QUICK WORD GUVNOR|
As we entered the first minute of time added on Taylor saved the best till last a fantastic full length save from a Harry Brown free kick 20 yards out.
The whistle finally blew just short of 5pm and Whitstable had secured the 3 points with a very well managed victory although Fisher struggled to put too much of note together it would be hoped that they have the ability in their squad to gain victories against those around them to pull away to safety. At the end their was a good appreciation from the home players to the fans which is always good to see.
|GO ON THEN JUST ONE MORE PICTURE OF CANARY WHARF|
A good day out and it was interesting to catch up with Fisher FC and I hope they can secure their status for next season while wishing them all the best for this supporter led club in their coming challenges, up The Fish.
[Hope to put on some unused pics on the Facebook page in the next few days]