Fleet Town 2 Basingstoke Town 6

Basingstoke Town showed their Southern Premier level class to sweep past a plucky Fleet Town to run out comfortable winners in the First Round of the BigFreeBet.com League Cup.

 

It only took Basingstoke Two and a half minutes to find their way through the Fleet defence and open the scoring when Callum Bunting turned in the middle of the box to direct the ball past Beach into the corner of the net. Fleet came straight back and Pekun was able to play in a couple of crosses, but these were intercepted by the visitors defence before reaching the target players. When Bunting was in again, Liam Beach pulled off the save to deny him, but after 17 minutes, ex Fleet boy Ben Wright does what he does best and found himself in the right place to tap in a cross for Basingstoke’s second. The next serious goalmouth action did not come until the 40 minute mark, when Fleet struggled to scramble the ball away from a corner, but the pressure was building and on their next attack, a mis-timed challenge in the box and the visitors had a Penalty, which was taken by Callum Bunting who buried it in his bottom left corner as Liam dived the other way. One final attack from Fleet before the break saw a dangerous cross deflected behind for a corner, when this was played in, the Basingstoke keeper Holt had to be at his best to get up and catch the ball under the crossbar, under pressure from Fleet players.

The second half saw the introduction of Bunyan and Ruzicka to bolster the Fleet line, but it was still the visitors that had the first chance, when Fleet scrambled the ball away it fell for the visitors and was fired back in and hit the cross bar, this ball was then cleared and Fleet were in at the other end as Danilo Cadete took his chance and scored to reduce the deficit. Soon though Basingstoke were back on top, but had to resort to more long ball play to find their way through, one of these played right over everybody into the space behind the defence fell into the path of the in-rushing Bunting who took the ball in his stride and fired it into the goal for his hat-trick. When Patrik Ruzicka got in for Fleet his effort was partly stopped by Holt in goal, but ran loose and under pressure from Patrik the defender tapped it back to the keeper to collect, as Holt picked it up, the referee deemed it as a back pass and Fleet had an indirect free kick in the middle of the six yard box, with the Basingstoke side lined up on the goal line, a tap and shot brought a fine save from Holt who got a hand to the shot to push it behind for another Fleet corner. On the night there was no stopping Basingstoke pouring forward, a good run from Artwell, he did all the hard work to make space but when he pulled the trigger Ashleigh fired the ball wide of the target. In the 73rd minute a free kick to Basingstoke which was played in and dropped perfectly for Ben Wright to volley home for the visitors fifth. Within a matter of seconds it was 6, as the visitors quickly got the ball back, run down the wing and cross for Dan Collier to head in at the far post. Fleet though had more of the final minutes with Danilo and Patrik causing the problems for the visitors and finally got their reward in the final minute when good control from Ruzicka he made space for himself to shoot and score to add a bit more respectability to the scoreline.

Next up on Saturday is a game home to Yate Town in the FA Trophy.

Fleet Town : 1 Beach, 2 Felix Ahorlu, 3 Marcus Castano, 4 Cummins, 5 Wales, 6 Oram, 7 Bogdan Anghel, 8 Oliver Bennett, 9 Michael Milne, 10 Cadete, 11 Pekun.

subs 12 Ashley Lloyd (on for Pekun 55 mins), 14 Bunya (on for Anghel 45 mins), 17 Ruzicka (on for Milne 45 mins)

not used 15 Bobby Dormer, 16 James Smith.