Hayes & Yeading United 3 Fleet Town 0

Fleet Town made their first visit to Hayes & Yeading’s new stadium for this Evo-Stick South League, East Division clash, looking to show improvement and character after the recent disappointing results against all the top sides.

After surviving a couple of early attacks from the hosts, Fleet had started to settle until just 5 minutes in, H&Y were awarded a free kick on the edge of the D, taken by Vine, Fleet’s defence was able to block the shot and clear, but a minute later a flowing attack saw the home side’s Rohdell Gordon play the ball out to Anthony Ofosu on the right side of the box, he cut the ball back into the path of the inrushing Phil Appiah who struck the ball 20 yards out which flew into the net to give the hosts an early lead. Fleet pushed back and for long periods looked as good as their opponents, particularly when Ben Toye and new boys Gabbidon and Ruzicka were involved, it was a dangerous cross from Francois Gabbidon that drew keeper Jack Smith to come off his line and claim the cross. After twenty minutes the hosts were opened up when Bradley Wilson played a ball over the top to Patrik Ruzicka, one defender was alive to the danger to get in the way of the ball at the expense of a corner. In a spell of end to end action it was the hosts that always looked more dangerous, ten minutes before half time, a sustained period of Fleet pressure, as Hayes & Yeading struggled to clear, it was Ruzicka who played several good balls into the box, but the ball just would not break for Fleet and eventually the hosts got the ball out and away, in seconds a long ball down pitch and Gordon was in the clear, but contrived to hit the ball high over the bar and fence beyond. Fleet were soon back at the other end, winning another corner, this was played into the six yard box, after a couple of touches, the ball was half cleared and collected by Ruzicka, his shot was blocked and cleared, The hosts got one more chance before the break, when Rowen Vine crossed and Ismael Ehui headed wide. Half time came with Hayes & Yeading just the one goal to the good, plenty for both sides to build on.

An early chance in the second half, for the hosts, saw Vine strike the ball from outside the box, but he was denied by a fine and spectacular diving save from Beach for a corner, which was comfortably dealt with. Fleet pushed on again and this time it was a ball in from Nick Sowden that open up the home defence, as it ran towards Gabbidon, keeper Smith came out and took it off Francois’s foot as he was about to pull the trigger. Building their next attack, it was Vine again involved, this time he found Tommy Cooney on the overlap to hit a low cross in, the danger cut out by Fleet’s Greg Haydon sliding in to get the ball over his own bar, for another corner to the hosts. This time the delivery was perfect and  their danger man Spyros Mentis headed home to make it 2-0 to H&Y. There was still half an hour to go and Fleet knew they would still get more chances and the next goal would be vital as they looked for the way back. But it was the hosts that struck again, a quick ball up to Ofosu who ran through the Fleet defensive line and shot past Beach for the third. Into the last quarter of an hour, two quick corners for Fleet, with Owen Cummins header passing the wrong side of the post. Another free kick for the hosts right on the edge of the box, gave another shooting opportunity to Gordon, this time the shot was saved by Beach. Only a couple of minutes later and Gordon had the chance for another pop at goal, this time Beach could only block for the ball to run free, but the home player could only sky the ball way out of the ground. The final few minutes brought a whole string of free kicks to Fleet, as Fleet peppered the box again and again, the hosts struggled to scramble the ball away, but the nearest Fleet got to a consolation only found the side netting.

Fleet Town : 1 Liam Beach, 2 Sean Mason, 3 Carl Garstang, 4 Owen Cummins, 5 Greg Haydon, 6 Josh Baines, 7 Nick Sowden, 8 Ben Toye, 9 Francois Gabbidon, 10 Patrik Ruzicka, 11 Bradley Wilson.

Subs : 12 Robert Mundow (on for Nick Sowden 75 mins), 15 Kiye Martin (on for Wilson 65 mins), 16 Danilo Cadete (on for Ruzika 78 mins)

not used : 13 Harrison Button, 14 James Smith