Fleet Town Through to Semi-Finals of Russell Cotes Cup

Fleet Town eeked out a narrow 2-1 victory in a tough Russell Cotes Cup quarter final down at Lymington Town. Lymington who are sitting mid-table in the Sydenhams Wessex Premier Division were a real challenge for a strong Fleet team. Fleet took the lead through Billy Oram in the first half with a lovely passing move that opened up the Lymington defence. Lymington had a goal disallowed before the break for offside in what was a very even first half. The second-half was barely a few minutes old when Fleet were reduced to 10 men, Harry Wickens was sent off for a professional foul which resulted in a Lymington penalty, with Wickens the last man the red card was not really a surprise. Lymington duly converted the spot kick to make the score 1-1. With 10 men Fleet found it hard to move the ball and Lymington started to dominate, having 2 further goals disallowed and Harvey White making a number of good saves to keep Fleet in the match. With penalties looming Fleet made a foray forward which resulted in Meshach Williams netting the winner in the dying moments of normal time. His shot from the edge of the box squirmed past the Lymington goalkeeper into the bottom corner. There was still time for Lymington to have a player sent off before the final whistle. In the other quarter finals in the Russell Cotes Cup, there were wins for Christchurch and Sholing, with the last game between Moneyfields and Paulsgrove not scheduled until February, due to Moneyfields large backlog of league games.

Fleet Town: Harvey White, Joe Wilson, Callum Abraham-Barlow, Daniel Framp, Stuart Derry, Will Boye, Layton Avenall, Billy Oram, Meshach Williams, Harry Wickens, Danilo Cadete

Subs: Abdul Rajab (Layton Avenall), Enow Ojong (Stuart Derry), Chris Neate.

Goals: Billy Oram, Meshach Williams

Attendance: 38