Blackfield & Langley 4 Fleet Town 1

Blackfield and Langley found themselves elevated to the top of the table after this win over Fleet Town, as previous leaders Yate Town lost at Bideford, but there could be a new side at the Top on Tuesday, if third place Moneyfields win one of their games in hand. First chance of this match fell to the home side when Liam Robinson outpaced the Fleet defence to collect a long through ball, but could only fire a shot well wide. Fleet though were soon threatening at the other end, Meshach Williams taking the ball past Adeoye Olumhyiwa into the box but as he was picking his spot, another defender rushed back and smashed the ball just over his own cross-bar, much to the surprise of players on both sides the officials gave Blackfield a goal kick. Almost immediately Fleet had another chance, when the ball was played through to the returning Bradley Wilson, who forced the home keeper Lewis Noice to palm the ball round the post for a corner to Fleet. In a good spell for Fleet Joe Wilson, Harryson Wickens and Layton Avenell were winning a lot of ball in midfield and getting it forward to Meshach Williams and Bradley Wilson, who were not getting the run of the ball in front of goal. After half an hour, the home side were getting back into the game but strong defending by William Boye getting his head to every cross and corner to clear the danger. Meshach Williams opened up the Blackfield defence again and shot past the home keeper only to be denied by a last moment clearance to give Fleet another corner. This corner played into the middle of the box before being played back to Daniel Framp on the edge of the area to fire the ball through the crowded area into the net to put Fleet ahead on 44 minutes. From the restart Blackfield poured forward and only a goal line clearance kept the ball out when the first shot had got past Harvey White.

The second half started with Owen Fee for Blackfield win more balls in midfield but then let downn by some poor distribution, the first shot of the half came from Connor Doe for the home side, but was straight at Harvey White. Blackfield were determined not to let Fleet settle and build on their narrow advantage, when Meshach Williams broke into the box, he found himself double marked and unable to get his shot away. When Fleet got through again, being forced to shoot from further out Harryson Wickens was not able to keep his effort down and it sailed harmlessly over the bar. Blackfield were getting more possession  and after 54 minutes a deep cross from the left reached Connor Doe by the far post to nod home from one yard out. A minute later and Owen Fee crossed from the right and Adam Tomasso headed the ball into the net to complete a total turnaround in the game. Blackfield were now dominating possession but it took them until the 68th minute to add a third goal when Patrick Nolan collected a loose ball to fire home. Moments later Patrick Nolan was in again but this time his effort deflected off keeper Harvey White and ran safe. After 75 minutes Blackfield completed the scoring from a corner, the ball was hit over deep beyond the far post for Sam Poole to head back into the middle of the box for Fatah Makhloufi to rifle in. The final minutes saw the home side sit back to protect their lead which gave Fleet more of the ball, but try as they might, they could not get any consolation of  a deserved second goal.

Next up for Fleet is mid-season friendly on Tuesday night at Cove, before returning to league action at Calthorpe Park on Saturday, when Bideford make the long trip up from North Devon.

 

Fleet Town : 1 Harvey White, 2 Joe Wilson, 3 Callum Abraham-Barlow, 4 Billy Oram, 5 Daniel Framp, 6 William Boye, 7 Layton Avenell, 8 Harryson Wickens, 9 Meshach Williams, 10 Abdul Rajab, 11 Bradley Wilson.

subs : 12 Stuart Derry (on for J.Wilson 69 mins), 14 Enow Ojong (on for Avenell 59 mins), 15 Lucas O’Dell-Angba (on for Rajab 84 mins)

not used 16 Kieran Ngale-Kelly, 17 Chris Neate