Fulham traveled to Long Ditton to take on Esher in the final league
game of 2006. Winning would see us move away from Esher in the league
and put some pressure on Wandsworth Town. Fulham started without
regular keeper Michael O'Mahony who was committed to a family
arrangement and could not call up reserve keeper Michael Roberts as the reserves were
in action against Derby in the English Deaf Cup. Defender Andrew
Vorster took over in-between the sticks. Captain PJ Lot was out
injured and Mark Gill had to miss the game due to work.

Fulham went 1-0 up thanks to a well taken goal from Shyloh, extending his goal run to seven games, though this gave false hope, as the whites failed to get any rhythm, or take control of the game in the same fashion as they had done in previous matches. Many bad individual performances and the lack of discipline from some individuals did not help the collective team performance, the all-round hunger and desire to win was just not there on the day, the only desire was only shown by Esher who deserved to beat us at the end of the day. It was a very frustrating afternoon, and the worst game of the season to date, and one that saw our winning run ended at seven games. Esher came out as winners at 1-2, catching keeper Andrew Vorster out with a soft free-kick and floating one over him in the second half.

Serious questions must be asked of the players ambitions for the season, any more repeat performances, will see us stay in Division Two for another season, and seriously compromise our ambitions of one day reaching the KDFL Premiership.

Promotion is still in the hands of Fulham, who lie 2nd in the table with the same points as Esher but edging it on better goal difference. Wandsworth Town are 8 points ahead in pole position to seal promotion. If Wandsworth continue their fine form, it will be a scrap to the death by the rest of the teams in the league for the second and final promotion spot.

It is vital that all players use the Christmas break to re-charge and reflect on the abysmal performance against Esher, and come back into the new year refreshed and look to start another winning run, and get the promotion campaign back on track.

Stat attack

The defeat by Esher, was the end of the clubs record winning run, which extended to seven games

Shyloh is setting a new club record and has scored 11 goals in seven consecutive games so far

Fulham have yet to experience a 0-0 draw after 112 games since the club was formed in 2003