Match report from Peter Parry for Non League Chronicles
With the rain coming down in biblical proportions before kick everyone was thankful that it passed quickly and the game was able to get underway.
Early doors Reuel Powel-Downey had St Pauls to himself and as Tommy Taylor began to close the angle Powel-Downey bent his effort just wide of the post – An early let off for Fisher.
16 in and Fisher finally got their first sight of the Rusthall goal when Coker got an effort on target. This came after a pinball machine melee in the Rusthall box.
Fisher then earned a corner after a rushed Rusthall clearance. It was quickly taken and the far post delivery was beautiful, however, the ball went out for a goal kick with everyone pointing fingers at each other.
The game itself was pretty bogged down in midfield. This was until the ref decided to make himself a little busy by booking a Rusthall defender and the debutant Lee Weemes.
The handbags had woken the Fish from there slumber and a fine move involving Skipper Luke Thomas and Malaki Coker down the right saw Weemes get on the end of Coker’s cross but his header goes just wide.
On the half hour Weemes got away down the left channel, after a pass from another debutant in the shape of Victor Van Doleweerd. Weemes cross was gathered low by Matt Bailey at his near post.
Tommy Taylor then showed great awareness racing off his line to beat Powel-Downey to ball.
Fisher were now looking the more likely to open the scoring and went close again when Weemes brought another save from Matt Bailey after Thomas crossed in from the right.
A minute later Micheal Sarpong opened the scoring, with a slightly deflected rocket that found its way into Baileys top left hand corner. 1-0
Close to half time Rusthall earned themselves a corner when Aaron Glasgow cleared well when under pressure. The corner was then cleared by his centre-half partner Sam Fitzgerald, who on the day was a real leader.
HT Fisher 1-0 Rusthall
With the second half just moments old a Sarpong free kick from inside his own half caused some trouble in the Rusthall box and Sam Fitzgerald beat everyone to ball. His knockdown was hammered away.
Jack Gibbons entered the fray for Fisher replacing Van Doleweerd on the left wing.
Micheal Sarpong tried to catch Bailey off his line when he cut a cute shot over the keeper that just went over the bar.
The game quickly went out of Rusthall’s reach when debutant Lee Weemes bagged himself a five minute hat trick.
If Carlsberg did debuts this would have been it. Weemes is not the quickest, and he will tell you that, but he reads the game well and when Ryan Styles didn’t put enough weight on his back pass Weemes was still all over it, bursting through and slotting home for a debut goal on the hour. 2-0
Three minutes after his first goal Weemes banged home his second. This one from 25 yards when he caught Bailey out of position. 3-0
Two minutes later and Rusthall were waving the white flag as Weemes’ downward header at the far post was just over the line – completing a five minute treble. 4-0
Has anyone at Fisher scored a faster hat-trick?
Weemes departed to a standing ovation when replaced by Christian Udo.
The icing was put on the cake when hard working Coker got the goal that his performance deserved when Hein played him in. A neat swivel and a rifled finish into the roof of the net put Fisher top of the table at 5pm. 5-0
FT Fisher 5-0 Rusthall
NLC MOM (Lee Weemes) Dream Debut