Yate Town 2 Fleet Town 1
A bright first half from Fleet saw them take the lead through Gilberto Abril, before Yate stormed back after the break and forced home two goals in the driving rain, to secure the tie.
The game started brightly for Fleet as they made the early running, creating several good openings, before Toye forced the first save from keeper Rivers, when he latched on to a cross from Danilo Cadete, Rivers turning the ball past the post for a corner. Eventually Yate seemed to wake up and get the ball into the Fleet box, only to give Liam some catching practise. With Cadete down the left and Abril on the right, Fleet were having the better of the game creating three efforts to one for the home side. Despite this hard work from Danilo and Gilberto, the balls in could not be converted, Bunyan and Toye being denied and others scrambled clear, Danilo had come close himself cutting in to fire the ball across the face of the goal, when Abril cut in himself his effort was just scrambled away off the line. When Gilberto did all the work himself again, he rounded the marking defender, made his own space and fired the ball home to give Fleet the lead on 28 minutes. As Yate started to look for a way back, they were getting some shooting chances, but their finishing was unusally poor, with Luke Bryan wasting two great chances, skewing the ball ten and twenty yards wide from the middle of the box. Fleet knowing one goal was not enough on Saturday, were looking for the second before the break, while they were on top, one of their characteristic flowing moves saw fast ball and good movement from Toye, through Nick Sowden to Danilo, only to be stopped by a foul in the D. The final minutes of the half saw Fleet pepper the Yate goal with chance after chance, getting blocked before Rivers caught the ball from a Bunyan header and was able to clear and relieve the pressure.
For the second half Yate introduced Sam Boulton off the bench and immediately looked more of a threat, keeping possession better and having more of the play, with the rain getting heaavier, Fleet were finally undone, when Yate drove down the right and got a deep (possibly overhit) cross in which was collected by Leigh-Gilchrist, who returned it into the middle for Ben Brooks to turn the ball past Beach into the goal and bring the home side level on 56 minutes. Fleet forced a chance when they got Ruzicka, who had been more heavily marshalled than on Saturday, in the clear, but his effort glanced off the post. It was Yate now making the running and as efforts were raining in, but Yate were denied by a superb double from Beach, in which he also got caught and had to receive treatment before play continued. Liam was soon in the thick of it again, getting down at the foot of the post to turn away an effort by sub Difford for a corner, when this came in it found its was to Lewis Leigh-Gilchrist to fire the ball into the net, so for the first time in the two matches Yate had got ahead. With a quarter of an hour left, the game was not settled, Liam continued to make fine saves and give Fleet hope a chance would come. It was the last minute when Danilo had a shot blocked for a corner, up came everyone, including Liam Beach, who was closest to making something happen but the ball ran away for a goal kick, which Yate took their time to go and collect, quicker thinking and they could have taking a quick goal kick before Liam was back in his own half, but they settled for the narrow win, to end Fleet’s Wembley dream for this season.
Fleet Town : 1 Beach, 2 Wales, 3 Nick Sowden, 4 Lea Van Sullivan, 5 Dormer, 6 Ashley Lloyd, 7 Gilberto Abril, 8 Bunyan, 9 Toye, 10 Ruzicka, 11 Cadete.
subs : 12 Ethan Allen (on for Toye 72 mins), 14 Sam Pekun (on for Abril 62 mins)
not used 15 James Smith, 16 Marcus Castano