29 April 2009
Fisher Athletic 0 - 5 Hayes and Yeading
It wasn't exactly a case of going out all guns blazing, as Fisher ended their season on a bit of a damp squib. But in reality promotion chasing Hayes were always likely to have too much firepower for the relegated Rotherhithe outfit.
The end of season statistics make grim reading too, with the concession of 100 goals in a season being the latest disappointing figure confirmed by Saturday's hefty defeat.
For much of the season the Black and Whites have fought valiantly in many games only to be ultimately beaten, but in the last three encounters that pattern has changed to falling behind to sloppy early goals.
At the weekend Fisher found themselves two goals down before they knew where they were, and ultimately out of the contest within ten minutes. Although striker Josh Scott was allowed too much room to turn by Louis Hollingsworth, his long range shot should have been saved by Stuart Robinson who let the effort pass under his body and into the net.
The second soon followed when Toby Little caught Carlton Murray-Price dawdling in midfield and laid a neat ball to Steven Gregory. With the ball passed out wide to Danny Allen-Page his accurate cross found Little in acres of space in the area and he neatly headed passed Robinson.
The Fish already looked beaten at this point, with the repeated defeats they have encountered all year finally looking to take its toll on players who have really put themselves on line for the club.
The fact the lead was not larger at the break was more down to the wasteful finishing of Little and Scott, who were both proving thorns in the side of the home outfit.
Within minutes of the restart those missed chances were put to one side as Hayes finally made their advantage tell. Steven Perkins, who was repeatedly left unmarked at the back post from set pieces, again found himself in space and when his header bounced back off the crossbar Steven Gregory was on hand to hammer the ball home.
With 25 minutes to go all the scoring had been completed for the afternoon, when first Little was allowed to stroll into the area with embarrassing ease before slotting his second of the afternoon passed a helpless Robinson.
But the final nail was applied by Steve Perkins who got on the end of an inswinging cross from Gary McDonald, and despite the efforts of Matt Ruby who tried to nick the goal on the line Perkins was credited with the final score.
Letting in thirteen goals in the last three games is not how any team would want to finish a season, but in the final few games the men who have donned the Black and White jersey's have finally been found out. But it must be added that their efforts this season could go a long way to ensuring the club itself live to fight another day.
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