Canterbury City 4 Fisher 1
A timely victory for City as they came from behind at home to overrun a fading second-half Fisher.
A brace from man-of-the-match Charlie Dickens sealed the win as City looked more and more in control as the game wore on.
The first effort on goal though came from the visitors on five minutes when Billy Brown weaved his way into the City box before prodding the ball past keeper Joe Mant from a tight angle only to see it roll close to the goal but be cleared. Fisher probably started the brighter and in fact took the lead on nine minutes with a classy strike. A flowing move down the right saw Danny McCarthy knock the ball round his marker before crossing into the City box where Brown hit the sweetest of first-time half volleys into the roof of the net for 0-1.
City weren't behind for too long though and after both sides had wasted handily placed free-kicks, they drew level on sixteen minutes. Callum Emptage intercepted a Fisher move on the right and found Matt Day who instantly moved the ball onto Liam King and his quickly hit effort surprised Fisher keeper Christian Villanuci and the ball squirmed under his body and into the net for 1-1.
City were starting to look dangerous going forward and Ben Wilson almost squeezed Dean Grant clean through, Day's cross was then right in the zone but there was a lack of support in the box, while Jordan Wright's prodded effort was blocked before Wilson's ball to the far post just floated away and out for a goal-kick.
Fisher had their moments too but weren't really challenging the City goal. McCarthy's good overlapping run saw his cross well overhit while Jacob Katonia's long range free-kick was struck well over Mant's crossbar. It was City carrying the greater goal threat and while a Wright corner failed to prise open the Fisher defence, City did much better moments later when his free-kick was sent into the box and seemed to bobble loose from out of a crowd of players and as time momentarily stood still, Grant pounced to calmly and accurately trundle the ball home from close range for 2-1.
The visitors were now necessarily stung into action after loosing the lead and had a decent spell of play. Brown, looking by far their best player, cut inside only to see his fierce shot brilliantly blocked by Emptage, while Dickens then equalled the feat by denying McCarthy's long range effort. An attacking free-kick was squandered before Katonia's cross right across the face of the City goal failed to find any Fisher shirt near enough to divert it home and then a corner for the visitors wastefully passed without troubling the City defence.
City responded with Wright's cross being headed down and on target by Day only to see Villanuci dive across to save, but it was Fisher that ended the half on the attack. Katonia struck a poor shot well wide, before City were indebted to Mant who sprang out to deny McCarthy's point-blank shot with a splendid blocking, sprawling save before a more conventional take saw off a late Katonia effort and the break then soon arrived with City a goal to the good at 2-1.
The hosts slipped an opportunity to extend their lead soon after the restart when Wright's perfect crossfield pass found Emptage attacking down the right and his whipped in cross saw Day on the run glance a header agonisingly wide.
Luke Thomas then sent a speculative long shot well off target for Fisher before Brown's whipped in ball was hurriedly diverted out for a corner at his near post by Mant.
Joe Denny halted a Fisher break with a great tackle in his own box before Rob Brown's cross somehow missed and avoided players from both sides right in front of City's goal before being cleared. Another block from Denny and then a save from Mant kept Fisher in arrears before the keeper's long clearance was latched onto by Grant whose cross just evaded Day who was flying into the box at full pelt in pursuit and was inches away from making a telling contact.
A Grant foray into the Fisher box then saw his overhead flick bounce about before substitute Brett Ince, almost announced his arrival in style, with a snap volley from the edge of the box that flew just wide. On seventy-one minutes, City extended their lead when a corner from King on the left bypassed some inept defending on the near post and Dickens pounced to hook a strong volley into the roof of the net from close range for 3-1.
Fisher tried to respond as Rob Brown firstly curled a twenty-five yard free-kick just over the City angle and then he headed wide at the far post before at the other end Wilson almost caught Fisher napping when his wide right free-kick was thundered in direct on goal and Villanuci had to react smartly to push the ball out at his near post.
On seventy-nine minutes, City confirmed the victory with a fourth when Dickens bagged his second rising at the far post to head home Wilson's corner for 4-1. There was now no way back for the visitors and City looked capable of extending their lead while Fisher faded.
With the ninety minutes almost up they did manage an effort on goal when a Julio Da Mata header from a corner was blocked and Adebola Oluwo scooped the rebound wide, but other than that the chances all came from City. Giorgio Russo's fierce shot was blocked out for a corner at the near post by Villanuci while Grant's header was then deflected out for another. This was swung in and City almost scrambled the ball home but Fisher eventually cleared.
Finally, substitute Luwayne Greenwood saw his header snaffled by Villanuci before Wilson's forty-yard shot dipped just over the Fisher bar.
A good, solid, professional performance from City, four goals, three points and more of the same next time please...
Final score: Canterbury City 4 Fisher 1
City: Joe Mant, Callum Emptage, Ben Wilson, Charlie Dickens, Joe Denny, Will Thomas, Jordan Wright (Brett Ince), Liam King, Dean Grant, Matt Day (Luwayne Greenwood), Robbie Dolan (Giorgio Russo)