HELLENIC LEAGUE: Fisher didn't enjoy hammering former club
6:00am Thursday 27th December 2012 in By Andy Warren, Deputy sports editor, firstname.lastname@example.org, @AndyWarren_
HIGHWORTH boss John Fisher admitted he didn’t enjoy watching his side tear former club Shrivenham apart on their way to a resounding 10-1 derby-day victory.
A goal from Steve Robinson set the tone for what was to follow after only two minutes, with a hat-trick from Bradley Clark, braces from Russell Byrne and Darren Smart and goals from Aaron Maximen and Shannon Pocock sealing the crushing win.
Shrivenham scored the goal of the game through a 30-yard free kick which made it 2-1, but it was all down hill from there as the home side run riot to pull themselves further away from the bottom of the table.
Fisher earned victory in the same fixture this time last year while in charge at Shrivvy, and while he was proud of his team’s performance, he admitted he didn’t enjoy watching his old club suffer.
“This sort of result should never happen really, and I did not enjoy it at all if I am honest,” he said.
“It is a club I used to manage and I know exactly how hard so many people behind the scenes work to help the club, and I know the result will hurt them.
“I think 5-1 would have been enough, and I think I would have preferred that rather than 10-1, but what can you do?
“We have to do what we have to do, and it was a good win for us.”
Fisher believes Robinson’s goal set the tone for what was to come, and was pleased with the way his side dominated proceedings.
“We scored really early on which was obviously a great start, and then they grabbed one back to make it 2-1 with what was probably the goal of the game,” he said.
“But we went in at half-time 4-1 up which was perfect, and I said to the lads that I would be more than happy with that as the final score, and that I didn’t want to concede again.
“We scored four in 10 minutes after half-time which was great, and we dominated them all over the pitch.
“I think our keeper only touched the ball six times during the second half, and that shouldn’t be happening, although Chelsea beat Aston Villa 8-0 so it sometimes does.”
The devastating defeat leaves Shrivvy well adrift at the foot of the Hellenic Premier table, and Fisher can’t see any way back for Les Gill’s men.
“Unfortunately I can’t see anything but relegation for Shrivenham this season, and I am sad to have to say that,” he said.
“It is going to be really hard for them to compete, and they have lost a few players too which makes it tougher.
“I think they had four players drop out before this game, and with respect that should not be happening for a Boxing Day game in a local derby.”