Monday 04th April 2005

Watts wants success

EXPERIENCED Fisher Athletic striker Steve Watts says the team is going to have to pull its finger out if it wants to take the Southern League Division One East title, writes Stephen McCartney.

Fisher went two games without a win, after drawing with Uxbridge and then Wingate & Finchley over the Easter period before beating Waltham Forest 2-0 on Saturday.

But the South East Londoners have three games in hand over leaders East Thurrock United, who are five points ahead.

Watts, however, knows the Essex side are catachable, but insists the side must play to its maximum ability if they are to get success.

He told www.nonleaguedaily.com: "We've got to get together and work hard like we did against Barking & East Ham United in the cup a few weeks ago.

"We were brilliant against them, but we seem to be a side that turns it on and off when it suits us and that's not good enough.

"Some of the surfaces we have been playing on haven't helped because we can't really zip the ball about on the floor as well as we could earlier in the season.

"So we have to battle a bit more now.  We have to turn it on for every game.

"We have games in hand over East Thurrock and if we win two of them and draw the other we'll go top again so that's our incentive."

Midfielder Ryan Kirby, 30, formerly of Thurrock, Stevenage Borough, Preston North End, Crewe Alexandra and Wigan Athletic has joined Fisher on a non-contract basis ahead of last week's transfer deadline.

Fisher travel to 15th placed Harlow Town in the Southern League on Wednesday night and then travel to basement boys Tilbury - who won 5-2 at Erith & Belvedere at the weekend - next Saturday.

Southern League Division One East table (top 7)

Pos Team PLD W D L F A PTS
1 East Thurrock United 38 23 11 4 87 36 80
2 Fisher Athletic 35 23 6 6 84 38 75
3 Maldon Town 37 23 6 8 81 46 75
4 Uxbridge 37 22 6 9 73 38 72
5 Wivenhoe Town 37 19 10 8 62 38 67
6 Barking & East Ham 37 19 9 9 61 32 66
7 Barton Rovers 38 18 3 17 68 65 57

Harlow Town v Fisher Athletic
Southern League Division One East
Wednesday 6th April 2005
Kick Off 7:30pm
at Harlow Sports Centre, Hammarskjold Road, Harlow, Essex