Fleet Town 3 Highworth Town 4
Fleet Town went into this game looking to make up for the disappointing result at Moneyfields on New Years Day, Fleet made the early running with Kofi Halliday getting round the back to play in a couple of dangerous crosses, but the Highworth defence were up to the task in clearing the danger. But after only nine minutes a quick break out from the visitors saw Terence Bohane take the ball down the right and cross the ball to an unmarked Darren Jefferies, who took his time to move closer to the goal and pick his spot to slide the ball past Harvey White and give Highworth the lead (0-1). Almost immediately Fleet were back at the other end, Highworth stop the attack, but only clear the ball to the waiting Kofi Halliday in the D, he curled the ball towards the top left of the net, as keeper Connor Johns was struggling to get across, he breathed a sigh of relief to see the ball pass just the wrong side of the post. Fleet were having a good spell of possession and pressure, Danilo Cadete played the ball in to Billy Oram, his effort blocked but came straight back to Billy, but Oram shot wide. After soaking up and surviving this pressure, the visitors broke downfield and Ashley Edenborough, twice was able to play in dangerous crosses, which did not find their target attackers and cleared away, but after 26 minutes disaster struck for Fleet when their new signing Lucas O’Dell-Angba got up on the goal-line to nod the ball past his own keeper and double the visitors advantage (0-2). Shortly after this, while there was a break in play for treatment to the visitors Wayne Turk, Lucas was substituted and replaced by William Boye, for the visitors Turk unable to carry on and replaced by Leon Morrison. Fleet were pressing hard for a way back into the game before the break and Highworth were forced to concede two corners in quick succession, from the second of these, William Boye headed just wide. After 40 minutes, Fleet were able to block another couple of Highworth attacks, but not able to clear the danger, only got the ball to Darren Jefferies who slide the ball back into the goal (0-3). As the half was drawing to an end Kofi Halliday had the ball out on the left, he cut in and sent a shot across the goal, the ball flew past keeper Johns into the net (1-3).
In an attempt to chase the game Fleet made a change at half time to bring on Meshach Williams as an extra attacker, in place of defender Daniel Framp. But from the first Highworth attack of the half, Harvey White pulled off the save but the ball ran loose straight to Ashley Edenborough who walked the ball back past White and into the goal (1-4). Fleet’s never say die attitude this seeason saw them pull a goal back through Abdul Rajab within a couple of minutes (2-4). The home side now had all the momentum behind them, Meshach Williams came close with a shot from thirty yards just passing outside the post. Fleet made their third change just before the hour, introducing Enow Ojong to add more muscle up front as Fleet still believed they could salvage something from this game, more so when the visitors were reduced to ten players when Tourmani Sidibi picked up a Red card. On several occasions, Enow Ojong, Meshach Williams and Danilo Cadete combined in attack but each time the final ball was not conclusive, with Callum Abraham-Barlow coming forward more and more, joining in with the front trio, Fleet were getting closer and closer, it was Callum who came closest when his shot was only denied when keeper Connor Johns stuck out a leg to deflect the ball away for a corner. A knockback for the hosts, when an injury forced Kofi Halliday off and with three substitutes already used, Fleet had to see time out with only ten players. After 85 minutes all Fleet’s hard work produced some reward when Enow Ojong found the net through a crowded area (3-4). Highworth were forced to pack their defence for the final few minutes as Fleet threw everything at them looking for the equaliser, but to no avail in the end, with Fleet left to wonder what may have been if only the third goal had come much earlier. A break from the league action on Tuesday night when Fleet travel down to Lymington in the Russell Cotes Cup.
After the match the Easi-leaflets Man of the Match winner was Callum Abraham-Barlow.
Fleet Town : 1 Harvey White, 2 Joe Wilson, 3 Callum Abraham-Barlow, 4 Lucas O’Dell-Angba, 5 Stuart Derry, 6 Daniel Framp, 7 Abdul Rajab, 8 Billy Oram, 9 Kofi Halliday, 10 Harryson Wickens, 11 Danilo Cadete.
Subs : 14 Meshach Williams (on for Framp 45 mins), 15 William Boye (on for O’Dell-Angba 33 mins), 16 Enow Ojong (on for Rajab 58 mins)
not used 12 Angus Youngson, 17 Layton Avenell.