Fleet Town 2 Paulton Rovers 3
Before the match, a minutes silence was held for the victims of last weekends Helicopter crash at Leicester City FC.
When the game started, the action came thick and fast, with Paulton winning a corner after one minute, played deep to the far post finding Mitch Tippins in space, he shot back across the goal but the ball passed just wide of the target. Only a couple of minutes later, the visitors had another corner, with Mitch Tippins again waiting to pounce, the ball this time was played to the near post area and Mitch ran all the way across the box to get there first and head goalward, but again his effort passed outside the post. After a rare early forward probe from Fleet, the ball was collected by keeper Rob Brown, his long kick downfield coming down behind all twenty outfield players, the visitors Ben Withey reacted fastest and as Fleet’s keeper Harvey White was running out, Ben took one touch and headed the ball past the keeper into the net to put Paulton ahead after only ten minutes. Fleet’s bad start got worse only two minutes later, given a free kick on the left level with the box, the ball hit hard across the box found the head of Joe Hillard and the ball flew into the net. At this stage of the game Paulton were running riot and looked like scoring every time they came forward, a spate of free kicks and corners gave the visitors many chances to extend their advantage, only wild and poor shooting stopped Paulton from being 6 or 8 up within half an hour. Then Fleet carved out their first opening, when Danilo Cadete crossed, collected by Daniel Framp who found himself closely marked and as he could not get a clear space to shoot laid the ball aside to Joe Wilson who got a shot away, which was safely caught by keeper Brown. Before the break another chance came the home sides way, playing out from the back, the ball reached Harryson Wickens on halfway, he played the ball out to the left into the path of Danilo Cadete, his instant shot forced the Paulton keeper to dive on the ball in the middle of the box to stop it. Half time came with Fleet disappointed but thankful to only be 2-0 down.
Fleet took the brave decision to make a triple change at half time and immediately looked a different side, with Abdul Rajab causing problems with his runs down the right wing. But just when it looked as if Fleet were coming more into the game, Paulton were given a free kick twenty five yards out, Fleet lined up a five man wall to try to block a shot, but despite all their preparations, Mitch Tippins fired the ball over the wall into the roof of the net. At 3-0 down, many sides would think the game was lost and let their heads drop, but not Fleet. Within a minute, Fleet were attacking, Matthew Deadfield crossed from the left and up popped Abdul Rajab to head home and reduce the deficit. Despite dominating the game now, twenty minutes passed before a clear chance presented itself, again it was Matthew Deadfield with the cross, a defensive scramble and the ball only half cleared to Harryson Wickens, which Paulton somehow managed to block the shot on the line and get it away. But a minute later, Fleet had a corner, perfectly delivered for Amarni Bonsu to meet the ball and score to get the game back to 2-3. Fleet tried and tried for the equaliser, a cross/shot from the right palmed round the post for a corner, a clear chance for Meshach Williams but the shot going just the wrong side of the post, then after 90 minutes Meshach Williams was through again, he cut in and shot, but keeper Rob Brown stretched an arm up and touched it over the bar. The game finished in another narrow defeat, made worse by basement club Barnstaple Town managing to beat Winchester City (also by 3-2), to send Fleet Town to the foot of the table. The easi-leaflets man of the match, despite only being on for the second half, was given to Abdul Rajab.
Next Up for Fleet is another home game next Saturday, against Winchester City.
Fleet Town : 1 Harvey White, 2 Joe Wilson, 3 Matthew Deadfield, 4 Daniel Framp, 5 Stuart Derry, 6 Amarni Bonsu, 7 Danilo Cadete, 8 Lamar Koroma, 9 Meshach Williams, 10 Connor Channon, 11 Harryson Wickens.
Subs ;12 Ronan Silva (on for Framp), 14 Abdul Rajab (on for Channon), 16 Billy Oram (on for Koroma) all made at half time.
not used – 15 Callum Abraham-Barlow, 17 Riccardo Andrady.