Beckenham Town F.C Vs Fisher F.C: Southern Counties East Football League.
Tonight I travelled South to watch non-league side Beckenham Town take on local rivals Fisher F.C. No matter what happened tonight Beckenham would still remain top of the Southern Counties East League, whereas Fisher could climb up to 2nd with a win tonight. The reds come into this fixture of the back of a 3-0 FA Vase defeat to Bearsted, as for the visitors they’re looking to make it 5 wins in a row this evening. It was my first visit to Eden Park Avenue, and it was fair to say I was a big fan of it. It has a capacity of 4,000 with 150 being seated. Everything was very well priced, £4 entry, £1 programme, and £1 for a coffee.
The first 10 minutes in each half was crucial for both teams, within the first 10 minutes Fisher found themselves 2-0 ahead, Harry Tobin opened the scoring for The Fish after a 1st-minute corner, his header fortunately found the back of the net as goalkeeper Michael Mcentegart couldn’t get a strong enough hand to it. Six minutes in a flicked on ball found Mathieu Ramsamy he was then able to beat his man and calmly take the ball past the goalkeeper and give The Fish a two goal lead. The rest of the second half was mainly controlled by Beckenham, The Town should have at least had one back before the break Nathan Paul came in from the left and played the ball on a plate to Eku Dean but was unable to get full contact with the ball. A few more chances came for The Town through the left hand channel, Ike Robinson was able to play a few balls into the middle but nothing came of them. The Reds continued to control possession but failed to create any clear-cut chances, credit to Fisher though they defended very well throughout the first half. Late on in the first half Beckenham could have easily been down to 10 men after a quick Fisher break away, Jack Hope blocked the Fisher play from advancing past, to me it seemed deliberate whether it was last man/goal scoring opportunity is up for debate. Fisher firmly in the driving seat as the first half ended, Town on the other hand would have been frustrated by the lack of clearcut chances.
Once again the opening ten minutes of the half didn’t disappoint, 46 minutes in Eku Dean cut the deficit in half after his shot took a deflection to find the right-hand corner. Seven minutes later Town grabbed a equaliser, Jamie Humphris was able to play a low ball across goal to Eku Dean who was there to poke the ball home. Beckenham were very unlucky not to find a third throughout the game; Stefan Wright played the ball in behind to Eku Dean but his shot was very well saved from Daniel Wheeler. Town went close again, after a shot rattled the crossbar and fell to Aku Dean but Wheeler was there to make a very important save to keep the game at 2-2. Shortly after this Fisher found themselves back in front, the Beckenham Town keeper failed to keep hold of the ball after a shot and Tunde Aderonmu was on hand to slot the ball home, the goal was very much against the run of play but that’s not something Fisher boss Dean Harrison will be worried about. Near the end of the game, a late challenge by a Fisher defender caused a huge brawl, tensions seemed very high at this point and I was surprised the ref didn’t show anyone red. Town gave it all they had in the closing minutes but couldn’t find a equaliser, the game ended Beckenham Town 2-3 Fisher.
This game was exactly what I wanted from a local derby and I feel was a great advert for Non-league Football. Fisher took the chances they had and showed great team spirit to see the match out, for Beckenham it was simply they didn’t take their chances. Man of the match, for me, would have to go to Fisher goalkeeper Daniel Wheeler he made some great saves right before Fisher nicked the winner. I highly recommend a visit to Eden Park cheap prices and some great football on show, I’m sure both sides tonight will be fighting for promotion come the end of the season. Saturday I’m off to Hitchin Town for their FA Cup 4th Round Qualifier!
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