JOHN Fisher may have been the only local Hellenic League manager to pick up any points on Saturday, but he was still left with a bad taste in his mouth following his side’s 1-1 draw with Ardley.
TJ Bohane struck to level things for Highworth after Ardley had taken an early lead in a game Fisher believes his side had claims to win, but it was the actions of visiting boss Kevin Brock which angered the Worthians boss on Saturday night.
Former Oxford, QPR and Newcastle midfielder Brock elected to speed off just minutes after the final whistle, instead of enjoying the customary post-match drink with his opposite number in the clubhouse, leaving Fisher to feel frustrated, disenchanted and let down.
“We played alright and we probably should have won but what annoys me is the way they conducted themselves after the game,” Fisher said.
“Nobody came in the bar after to have a drink or anything and that’s what local football is all about. I’ve never not gone into the opposition’s clubhouse after a game, that’s not what I’m about.
“The away side should always stay for a bit and they just got in the cars and drove home. They’re renowned for doing it and that’s wrong. I find it disrespectful to be honest and I really don’t like it, we’re all trying to win games but you have to give the opposition some respect.
“Not to come into the bar after a game is a load of rubbish. I’ve lost a lot of games in my time and I always go and talk to the opposition manager.”
Aside from his disappointment at the opposition’s post-match actions, Fisher was pleased with his side’s performance and wasn’t overly impressed with the display title-chasing Ardley put in.
“We conceded after two minutes from a free-kick, which was fair enough, but from then we had the better chances,” he said.
“TJ equalised and then had some more chances to win it and for a team trying to win the league I think Ardley lacked a bit of a spark. They were there but not there, and I found that surprising.”
Next up for Highworth is a Challenge Cup quarter-final clash at Shortwood reserves this evening, with The Elms side needing a win to keep their season going.
“It’s a big game for us because we need to win it to keep our season going,” he said.
“They’re second in the division below us so people will make us favourites but we will give them all the respect they deserve from it.
“Hopefully we can make it through to the semi-final because if we don’t our season will peter out a little. At the end of the day I fully expect us to win.”