Fleet Sink To The Bottom of Table
A disappointing afternoon in West London, saw a late surge from Hanwell Town snatch the points and extend their unbeaten run to lift them off the foot of the table and above Fleet Town.
Things had started brightly for Fleet as an early Nick Sowden cross was headed wide by Ashley Lloyd. Despite some good play by the hosts, excellent build up play with lots of accurate passing to feet, the final efforts were poor, or easily dealt with by Liam Beach. Although having fewer chances, when they came Fleet got closer to finding a way through, good wing play from Cadete and Abril finding their way around the back but not finding a target man in the middle and when they could build up an attack they looked good, with Ben Toye, Matt Bunyan and Patrik Ruzicka threatening. As the half progressed, Abril and Cadete both tried to make the opening for themselves, but their shots got saved. Half time came with no goals and for any neutrals showed why both sides were at the wrong end of the table.
The second half saw Fleet start brightly again, with Nick Sowden having a good shot saved. The turning point came after 65 minutes when Matt Bunyan went down and after a few minutes treatment he was stretchered off, without Matt’s guidance Fleet seemed to lose their way and being caught short and forced to give away too many free kicks in dangerous positions. For the hosts, a deep run after 77 minutes, from Callum Wright to the by-line, before he slid the ball across the box for Glen Yala to tap in from 3 yards. In the final ten minutes, Fleet created some better chances, with Danilo finding Ruzicka a couple of times, but Patrik was unable to find the target. With Fleet pressing for an equaaliser, they got undone after 89 minutes when a long ball down the right was played in to Wright, who under very close attention found a way to turn and lift the ball over Beach for Hanwell’s second. Due to the long stoppage for Matt Bunyan, there was a total of 7 added minutes, for Fleet to still press, but as hard as they tried, they could not find a way through, the best late effort was a shot from Sam Pekun which was saved.
Fleet Town : 1 Beach, 2 Wales, 3 Nick Sowden, 4 Lea Van Sullivan, 5 Dormer, 6 Ashley Lloyd, 7 Abril, 8 Bunyan, 9 Toye, 10 Ruzicka, 11 Cadete.
subs : 12 Oliver Bennett (on for Toye 56 mins), 14 Sam Pekun (on for Bunyan 65 mins), 16 Marcus Castano (on for Abril 61 mins)
not used 13 Harrison Button, 15 James Smith