Ascot United 0 Fleet Town 1
Fleet returned to action after the countries third lockdown. Making a debut in the Fripp-Smith Trophy organised by the Combined Counties, Fleet were hoping to return to the form that was displayed against AFC Stoneham in their last competitive game. It was a flipping cold, wet and windy day on Ascot racecourse.
The game was a feisty affair with both teams trying their best to get a win under their belts and not holding back from tackles. The first half was a pretty even affair with both Fleet and Ascot having periods of play with the ball but only rarely threatening the opposition goalkeepers. Ryan Bone made a couple of routine saves and Matty Pearse had Fleet’s best chance that was easily saved by the Ascot goalkeeper. Half-time 0-0
The second half continued in a similar style but Fleet controlled the ball more and were able to keep Ascot at arms length on most occasions. With 5 subs available to be used through the game Fleet started to make changes with a triple change, Dan Bone, Mal Thomas and Jake Hammond coming on. Fleet started to pressure the Ascot defence and Mal Thomas had a couple of chances he wasn’t able to take advantage of and Dan Bone had a couple of long shots off target. When Fleet’s goal came it was a peach, the ball was played up to Dan Bone and he turned his defender and curled a left foot shot into the top corner from about 20 yards. Ascot pushed for an equaliser but some last ditch defending and hard tackling kept them at bay and secured out first win in this competition. Jack Howard was outstanding in midfield, harrying the opposition, breaking up play and starting manmy attacks. Full-time 0-1
Fleet: 1. Ryan Bone, 2. Angus Youngson, 3. Tom Wensley, 4. Khalid Babikir, 5. Stuart Derry, 6. Brad Passfield, 7. Rowan Sharratt, 8. Jack Howard, 9. Matty Pearse, 10. Billy Oram, 11. Leo Decarbo
Subs: 12. Jake Hammond (10), 14. Mal Thomas (11), 15. Ralph Karumazondo (2), 16. Steven Lee (4), 17. Dan Bone (9)
Goal: Dan Bone (75 mins)
Man of Match: Jack Howard