Fleet Town 2 Kempston Rovers 2
Both sides went into this match looking to extend their good form and the early exchanges showed two evenly matched sides trying a little too hard, not keeping the ball under control and giving possession away. The game was 12 minutes old before one side caused any real danger in the box, when Patrik Ruzicka got the ball into Luke Haskell, whose cross ran to a Kempston foot to clear. A few minutes later and a goalmouth scramble led to a Fleet corner, but this was easily dealt with. As the half progressed both sides saw their defenders deal with their opponents attacking threats, with Chris Dean standing out and always looking to set up a Fleet counter. One of the better chances fell to Matt Bunyan as he rose to meet a cross, heading the ball goalward, only for the visiting keeper Martin Conway claim a catch. Kempston could have snatched the lead when Josh Crawley, had more time and space than he thought and pushed his shot across the goal and wide of the target. Fleet’s response saw Ashley Lloyd win the ball in midfield and play the ball up to Luke Haskell, but when he made the opening Luke fired his shot over the bar. The visitors were soon back at the other end, when Jordan Lee found himself right up front to hit a cross over met by the head of Alex Stayles at the far post, brought the split second move from Liam Beach to get to the ball and push it away. Half time came with no goals and many thought it may be same at the end of the match.
The second half saw Fleet peg Kempston back from the start, a few minutes of pressure but without result, only after Kempston’s keeper Conway made a save from an Ashley Lloyd shot on 53 minutes, was he able to set play down the other end, leading to a shot from Sam Johnson, which brought a fabulous save from Liam Beach at the expense of a corner. But on 55 minutes, Fleet’s attack had the ball in the box, it was flicked on and then clipped back into the middle for Patrik Ruzicka to score from close range. Only three minutes later another scramble and the ball reached Bradley Wilson to convert and suddenly Fleet were 2-0 up. Kempston decided to shuffle the pack and within ten minutes had made three changes and had the majority of the play in the final twenty minutes, as Fleet were finding it more difficult to clear their lines. After forcing a corner Kempston it was Robbie Goodman in the right place to take his chance and pull a goal back, this encouragement meant the visitors came on even stronger, when they won a free kick in the corner, the ball in was not cleared and one of the subs Jake Newman got his name on the scoresheet. The final ten minutes still saw chances at both ends, from a Fleet short corner routine, Matt Bunyan saw his header saved. Then back at the other end Ben Shepherd met a fine cross, forcing Liam Beach to get down to make another save. Liam had to keep his concentration right to the end as he was in the action again, deep into added time to catch the ball from a free kick taken by another sub Luke Heneghan.
In the end had to settle for the draw and a point, but the unbeaten run continues for another week.
Fleet Town : 1 Liam Beach, 2 Dquambe Copeland, 3 Chris Dean, 4 Liam Flanighan, 5 Chris Musgrove, 6 Chris Wales, 7 Ashley Lloyd, 8 Matt Bunyan, 9 Patrik Ruzicka, 10 Luke Haskell, 11 Bradley Wilson.
subs : 14 Danilo Cadete (on for Bunyan 86 mins), 16 Ryan Marklew (on for Luke Haskell 58 mins), 15 James Haworth (on for Dean)
not used 12 Billy Oram, , 17 Alex Hendrie.
Fleet Town are on the road the next two weeks as they visit Thame United (9th) and Chalfont St Peter (16th) hoping for their first away victory in the league.