Fleet Town 1 Northwood 0
Fleet Town welcomed Northwood down to the Franki Foundations Stadium, on the warmest day of 2018 so far, for their last home league game of the season. Northwood started brightly with Femi Azeez havng the space to play over a dangerous cross after one minute, that Fleet were forced to concede a corner, the first of many. After soaking up this early pressure, Fleet broke out on seven minutes and the shooting chance fell to Bradley Wilson, but his effort flew wide. A couple of minutes later Fleet had the ball out wide, on the by-line, just inside the box there was a tangle involving Conrad Lucan and much to the visitors dismay, the referee blew and pointed to the spot. Today, the task of taking the Penalty was given to Bradley Wilson, he confidently struck the ball to his right and it nestled in the net. Northwood were soon looking for a way back and proving to be no push-over, creating more chances than Fleet, who had to work hard to keep them at bay and set up any chances of their own, but the home side were coming closer to goal than the visitors. From a Liam Beach goal kick, one short pass, one long ball and Bradley Wilson was in, his shot being deflected and only a corner as a reward. Later it was Ross Ewen his deep ball heading towards the far post, only a flap from Borja Loeches-Teixeira just took the ball away from the head of the incoming Callum Abraham-Barlow. Northwood kept coming and found Liam Beach in fine form, after half an hour, one of their best moves saw Femi Azeez provide the cross that picked out Wilson Chingoka who turned but skewed his shot wide of the target. Moments later, Jermaine Osei was through for the visitors, he jinked and swiveled to make the space in the D for his shot, only a dive from Liam Beach denied him, getting the touch that sent the ball round the post. Fleet broke out and Conrad Lucan combined with Bradley Wilson to create the chance for Bradley to hit a dangerous cross/shot which the Northwood keeper was just able to push away. In this end to end battle, next it was Jermaine Osei for the visitors, his cross was perfect for Femi Azeez, but Femi skyed his shot 20 yards over the goal. Northwood’s Evans Kouassi ran at the box, he cut in and let fly a firece shot heading for the corner of the goal until Liam Beach dived across and got a touch to send the ball run the post. Fleet got one more chance before the break, the cross finding the head of Chris Wales only being half ceared by the visitors keeper, the ball made its way to Conrad Lucan to shoot over.
The second half saw Fleet consolidate and hold the hard won advantage they gained before the break. A good long ball was played for Bradley Wilson to collect, but out came Borja Loeches-Teixeira and won the touch to clear the danger. As substitutions were made the game settled into a quieter phase, once James Haworth and Greame Purdy settled in they were in the thick of the action but the clear chances did not fall to them, but one of Northwood’s subs, Sam Oyeniran did get his shot at glory, but was denied as Liam Beach at the expense of another corner. Inside the final five minutes and the visitors have two super chances to snatch an equaliser, but Sam Oyeniran shot wide and into added time it was Femi Azeez geting his head onto a ball played across the box, but his header flew wide of the post. Fleet saw out all the added time to hang on for a vital win which secures their place at the new look step four for next season.
Fleet Town : 1 Liam Beach, 2 Chris Wales, 3 Callum Abraham-Barlow, 4 Jirdan Aghatise, 5 Owen Roberts, 6 Chris Musgrove, 7 Ross Ewen, 8 Ashley Lloyd, 9 Matt Bunyan, 10 Bradley Wilson, 11 Conrad Lucan.
Subs : 12 James Haworth (on for Lucan 63 mins), 15 Greame Purdy (on for Bunyan 70 mins), 17 Michael Philip-Ogbuogu (on for Wilson 66 mins).
not used 14 Hamid Kanu, 16 Ryan Marklew.