Pre Season Friendly
Cheshunt 2-2 Fisher
Match report from Peter Parry for Non League Chronicles
Tonight’s Game against Cheshunt is, I believe, the first time Fisher have played them since reforming.
The game itself was advertised as being played at the stadium but it was actually played on the 3G next door.
With both sides fielding a mixture of youngsters and trialists the game had a very good tempo to it, as players looked to impress. Add to that a ref who shall we say let a lot go for both sides a tasty game ensued.
9 minutes on the clock and Dennis Asante turned on a sixpence and fired his effort into the Chesham keepers top left hand corner without him moving. 0-1
A minute later and Sam Edwards sends a 20 yard drive whistling just wide of the keepers left hand post.
Fisher had started brightly and young Jack Gibbons had a lively start using the ball well and forcing the Chesham left back into a couple of last ditch tackles. It was Gibbons who produced the next chance playing a slide rule pass down the channel towards Asante but as he looked to get away the big number 5 for Chesham got a toe in to nick the ball away.
Carpanini in the Fisher goal was tested for the first time when a stinging drive from fully 25 yards by the 4 had Carpo getting down to save to his right.
The Trialist wearing 2 for Fisher dovetailed well down the right with Gibbons after a superb diagonal ball from Foulkes. Gibbons cross was met by Asante in the six yard box but he headed wide of the target.
The game ebbed and flowed as both teams played some quality football. Carpo had to be on his toes to push away a free kick from the left. The Chesham 5 fires over the half cleared ball wildly.
Just after the half hour Jack Gibbons sent a free kick into the keepers arms. Gibbons showed quick feet again to get down the right hand side once again teaming up well with the right back. Gibbons drove his cross low across goal and it just evades Asante as he looked to add his second.
Trey Small is next into action as he gets a chance coming in from the left he beat his man and as the ball sat up he slashed at it and sends the ball high wide and not particularly handsome.
Atkinson is replaced in midfield by a Trialist as he appeared to have picked up a knock.
Sarpong, playing at left back, showed some brilliant footwork dancing down the left touchline.
Fisher should be further in front as the half came to a close.
HT – Cheshunt 0-1 Fisher
The usual raft of changes, as is the norm in pre season, took place and it was sub Lee Weemes who was immediately into the fray forcing the keeper into a save. The goalie turned it round the post for a corner which was wasted.
Edwards managed to get some time and space and it was his smart reverse pass to Trialist wearing 17 who looked to be away and scampering towards goal. But the lino had other ideas and waved him offside.
Cheshams left winger wearing 11 and bearing more than a canny resemblance to Mo Salah hung up a high ball to the big number 10 who really should have scored with his header.
Sam Fitzgerald’s running battle with the 10 was a particular highlight of the game. As no quarter was asked or given. Fitzgerald winning on points as the 10 moved from centre forward into midfield for the last half hour looking a beaten man.
Sarpong showing great feet again rolled the ball into midfield, Franco just beat the keeper to the ball -a swift turn and he fired wide.
Cheshunt then returned fire when the 8 cracks the crossbar as the ball is rolled back to him from a corner. Tommy Taylor the half time change in goal for Fisher didn’t know much about it.
Weemes increased Fishers lead in the 68th minute. A pass from 17 left, Weemes showed his composure in front of goal with a side footed slot from just inside the area.
Cheshunt although 0-2 down had not let there heads drop and both substitute wide men began to influence the game.
The 17 began to weave through Fisher players with ease. Cheshunt’s right winger, wearing 15, forced Taylor to make a fine save low down after a nice dribble and shot that deserved more.
Cheshunt pulled a goal back in the 87th minute when a drive from the 15 cannoned back off the post and the 9 reacted the quickest, as all good centre forwards do, to tap home into the empty net as Taylor lay stranded. 1-2
Cheshunt’s equaliser came courtesy of a howler by Tommy Taylor. As a soft looking shot went through his hands In time added on. 2-2
Taylor like everyone else will be gutted as Fisher had done more than enough against opponents two steps higher. Tommy will recover from that as Fisher have two fine keepers battling for the number 1 spot this season.
The game finishes a Desmond (2-2) and the welcome and hospitality from Cheshunt was brilliant. I will be back at some stage to watch Cheshunt in the stadium.
FT Cheshunt 2-2 Fisher
NLC MOM – Michael Sarpong (Dancing feet)