Whyteleafe make Fisher pay to the tune of four goals

Influential: Che Stadhart has proved a revelation since signing for Leafe            Chris Layton

Influential: Che Stadhart has proved a revelation since signing for Leafe Chris Layton

First published in Sport

By Chris Layton
 

Whyteleafe hit four goals for the second consecutive match in the Kent League Premier Division, this time putting Fisher to the sword at Church Road.

A Ryan Maxwell penalty, plus goals from Paul Scott, former Sutton United midfielder Michael Abnett and an down goal saw Fisher beaten 4-1.

A heavy shower moments before kick off made the pitch very slippery and a few players struggled to stay on their feet early on but as the match wore on the pitch improved and the players came to terms with the conditions.

Both sides had shots early on in the game but neither keeper seemed particularly troubled.

For Leafe, Che Stadhart had a shot blocked by a Fisher defender on six minutes and at the other end Marvin Alebiosu shot from distance was well wide of Joe McLoughlin’s goal.

Whyteleafe’s forward line pairing of Stadhart and Scott looked to be the more menacing particularly with Abnett in support.

Some good work from these players culminated in an untidy opening goal on 19 minutes, when the ball was scrambled in having hit the post, rebounding off a defender and ricocheting off Scott’s knee into the net.

The match became fairly scrappy and Fisher had their fair share of the possession as Whyteleafe players slipped around - but they doubled their lead as the visitors appeared to be getting the upper hand.

Stadhart broke free and turned the ball passed Billy Hensman only for the keeper Hensman to bring him down. Ryan Maxwell took the penalty kick and despatched it in his customary manner.

As the first half wore on the visitors’ heads dropped a little and Leafe looked more in control, focusing their build up work on the right hand side with Bentley Graham in particular seeing a lot of the ball.

Whyteleafe could have increased their lead a minute after the restart when Scott beat Fisher’s risky offside trap but his shot went wide of the left upright.

The visitors continued to plug away they eventually made a breakthrough to make the home supporters a little anxious. 

A free kick was awarded down near the touch line which Adam Wadmore struck firmly. Only he will know whether it was intended as a strike on goal or a misdirected cross into the box but it evaded everyone, struck the underside of the bar and went in.

Whyteleafe still looked the more likely team to score with Graham and substitute Jay Garrick having strike on goal which came to nothing.

But a minute after Garrick’s effort looped over the bar, Abnett found the Fisher defence opening up in front of him and Hensman running out to him.

Abnett deftly lifted the ball up and over the oncoming keeper and it dropped delightfully into the open net.

From then on Leafe took control, but a Scott shot five minute before time looked to be the closest anyone was going to come to adding to the score.

However, in added on time another substitute, Ollie Thornton fresh from the Whyteleafe Youth team, had time to cross the ball which was turned into his own net by Jordan Clark.

Leafe travel to Sevenoaks this weekend.

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