Corsham Town 1 Fleet Town 5

Fleet made another long journey in the FA Cup to take on Corsham Town from the Hellenic Premier League. Corsham had been promoted to step 5 over the summer but had a record of very few defeats in the last couple of seasons so it was going to be a tough game. Fleet travelled with a full squad with only Billy Oram still suspended.

The game started with Corsham playing a direct style of football and Fleet trying to get the ball down and play. From Corsham’s first corner they managed to recycle the ball and a back post header deflected off a Fleet defender into the goal, to make matters worse for Fleet within 15 minutes captain Stuart Derry had to be subbed after picking up an injury, Jack Howard was his replacement. This change however helped Fleet control possession and the game. Corsham having sporadic attacks using their direct style. The equaliser came when a Mal Thomas shot from the edge of the box took a deflection and looped into the opposite corner than it was aimed for. Fleet continued to attack with James Beauchamp and Danilo Pereira to the fore. In fact they combined for Fleet’s second goal. Danilo was played through and while Corsham appealed for offside he flicked the ball over his shoulder for James Beauchamp to side foot into the net. Half-time 1-2

The first 20 minutes of the second half Fleet experienced a lot of pressure from Corsham with balls played into the box and a number of corners. Although Corsham had some headers Fleet defended well and got in blocks when necessary. As the half proceeded Fleet grew back into the game and scored a third. Khalid Babikir intercepted a forward ball and played a pinpoint pass to Mal Thomas as he raced through, his shot went through the keepers legs for 1-3. Corsham now pushed on and the left space for Fleet to exploit. A fourth goal came when Mal Thomas broke and after some pinball in the box the ball fell to sub Elliott Amadieu who’s shot hit the keeper and still went in the net. A fifth goal came with almost the last attack, Cam Rowthorne fed the ball to James Beauchamp who broke into the box and squared the ball to Mal Thomas for his hat-trick. Full-time 1-5.

This result was Fleet’s biggest away FA Cup win and they have been rewarded with a home tie against Hanwell Town on Saturday September 4th. Fleet’s next home game is Bank Holiday Monday 30th August against Knaphill with an 11.30am kick off.

Excellent video highlights can be seen here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzmJEBbg-Kg

Fleet: 1. Lee Allen, 2. Luke Larner, 3. Tom Wensley, 4. Dan Framp, 5. Stuart Derry, 6. Brad Passfield, 7. Rowan Sharratt , 8. Khalid Babikir, 9. James Beauchamp, 10. Mal Thomas, 11. Danilo Pereira

Subs: 12. Cam Rowthorne (2), 14.Jack Howard (5), 15. Matty Pearse, 16. Fareed Hakem-Habeeb, 17. Ryan Ba, 18. Elliott Amadieu (11), 19. Yassa Arafat

Goals: Mal Thomas (25 mins, 71 mins, 89 mins), James Beuachamp (42 mins), Elliott Amadieu (80 Mins)

Man of Match:  Mal Thomas

Attendance: 108