Chesham United 4 Fleet Town 2

After a really tough FA Vase tie Fleet travelled to a strong Chesham team that sat 4th in the Bet Victor Southern League Premier South (Step 3) and had won all of their home league games. This being said Fleet travelled with a full squad and confidence that if they played to their full potential they could cause Chesham some problems.

On a beautiful pitch and with sunshine appearing the conditions were set for a great game of football. Playing their normal 4-3-3 Fleet built there way into the game very quickly and found that when they broke they had plenty of space to move forward into when they had the ball. Both teams moved the ball well with experienced striker Jefferson Louis a focus for Chesham attacks and Fleet using danger man Bradley Wilson as much as possible. Chesham had a number of chances but found Fleet goalkeeper Chris Harris in fine form, one highlight being a save from a Chesham striker no more than 5 yards out. Fleet nearly struck on half-time when a Bradley Wilson break left him turning inside the full-back and bending the ball inches wide of the far post.

The second half continued in much the same vein with good attacking football played by both teams. With the game in the balance Fleet took the lead when Brad Passfield headed in a far post cross to scenes of great celebration on the pitch and behind the goal. Was this goal going to be enough to see Fleet through, the one thing it did was rile the Chesham team and get them pushing forward even more. Fleet’s lead lasted for 6/7 minutes when a great save by Chris Harris only rolled to a Chesham player who was able to force it home for the equaliser. With Chesham pouring forward Fleet’s counter attacks were few and far between but they still looked dangerous going forward. Unfortunately the pressure finally told when Chesham scored with a far post header of their own and then pounced on a Fleet error to extend their lead to 3-1. Fleet made changes bringing on Jake Hammond and Enow Ojong and straight away Enow’s pace worried the Chesham defence. It however wasn’t until the 89th minute that Fleet pulled a goal back. A good run by Enow Ojong led to a cross that Jake Hammond headed home. Any hope for a Fleet equaliser was dashed when a Chesham striker ran through from a clearly offside position to score a 4th.

So Fleet’s FA Cup journey was over for another season, but it was a good run and today’s performance showed that Fleet can play good football, something to take into the league season.

Fleet: 1. Chris Harris, 2. Ross Ewen, 3. Josh Burrowes, 4. Sam Williams (c), 5. Cavan Atkinson, 6. Brad Passfield, 7. Bradley Wilson, 8. Jack Howard, 9. Aaron Redford, 10. Billy Oram, 11. Taylor Watts

Subs: 12. Jake Hammond (9) 13. Aiden Upward, 14. Daniel Framp (3), 15. Enow Ojong (10), 16. Tom Williams (10), 17. Stuart Derry, 18. Indy Thomas

Goals: Bradley Passfield (54), Jake Hammond (89)

Man of Match: Chris Harris

Attendance: 289

Fleet’s next game of the season is Saturday 14th September when we play Portland United away in the Wessex League Cup. Kick Off is 3.00pm