Fleet Town 0 Slimbridge 3

A disappointing afternoon at Calthorpe Park, after their good midweek win at Woodley, was made worse when news came through that basement side Barnstaple Town had beaten Paulton Rovers to sink Fleet Town down to the bottom of the table.

Fleet had started the afternoon brightly, after four minutes, Joe Wilson taking a free kick from halfway up to Danilo Cadete, he played the ball into Bradley Wilson, he chested the ball on to Harryson Wickens who laid the ball back to Billy Oram to shoot, his effort passing wide of the target. Slimbridge thought they had taken the early lead after a free kick was played into the box, headed goalward and tapped in but Fleet had moved out to leave two players offside in the six yard area. Fleet were having most of the possession but could not convert the chances they created, a flowing move between Danilo Cadete and Bradley Wilson got Danilo into the box to shoot, but his effort went wide. Down the other end Slimbridge forced a corner, Jamie Martin rose to meet the ball, but his free header flew well wide. As Slimbridge moved to stop another Fleet attack, Christien Turner underhit his back pass to keeper Lewis Adams, Bradley Wilson pounced and shot but his effort was blocked by the legs of Adams. Danilo Cadete and Bradley Wilson combined again to create another opening but again the final ball ran away and wide. After thirty minutes, Mark Magee won a chase down the left for the visitors, his cross found Jamie Martin to fire the ball home and put Slimbridge in front. A minute later after the referee had blown to give Slimbridge a free kick on half way, the visitors captain, Dean Turner took out Joe Wilson and received a Red Card. Looking to exploit the man advantage, Fleet stepped up the pace of their moves, Joe Wilson played a long ball forward to Bradley Wilson, in the box, to fire the ball into the net but denied by a raised flag for offside. As half time approached Joe Nokes tried his luck for the visitors his effort forcing Harvey White to tip the ball over the bar for another corner.

The second half saw the visitors extend the lead on 62 minutes when Mark Magee took the ball down the right holding and pushing off the attention of Sam Williams, Magee kept the ball, taking it to the goal line before cutting into the box, he hit the ball from the narrowest of angles past Harvey White and despite a lunge for the ball by Edwin Plackett to keep the ball out it ran over the line for the visitors second goal. Fleet should have got a goal back, when a ball over the top saw Jordan Stepney and Danilo Cadete beat the offside and get in behind but as they both went for the ball they got in each others way and the ball ran safe. Another chance soon followed when Bradley Wilson’s good ball control made the space for him to set up Billy Oram, but Billy’s shot flew over the bar. Inside the final ten minutes, Slimbridge killed the game off with a free kick from Liam Smith being headed past Harvey White for a third goal. Despite the loss, Fleet are still the same eight points behind 18th place safety in their aim to avoid relegation.

Fleet have a midweek off now, as the Russell Cotes Cup match against Sholing has been postponed by Hampshire FA, at the request of Sholing to give them the time to prepare for their prestigious FA Vase Quarter Final against Northwich Victoria. Fleet will return to action on Saturday 23rd away to Paulton Rovers, followed by two league games at home to Yate Town on Tuesday 26th and Larkhall Athletic on Saturday 2nd March.

The Easi-leaflets Man of the Match for the match v Slimbridge was awarded to Joe Wilson and is shown being presented by Paul of Easi-leaflets.







Fleet Town : 1 Harvey White, 2 Joe Wilson, 3 Daniel Framp, 4 Jordan Stepney, 5 Sam Williams, 6 Edwin Plackett, 7 Danilo Cadete, 8 Ronan Silva, 9 Bradley Wilson, 10 Billy Oram, 11 Harryson Wickens.

subs : 12 Layton Avenell (on for Wickens 73 mins), 15 Enow Ojong (on for Silva 65 mins)

not used 14 Angus Youngson, 16 Kieran Ngale-Kelly, 17 Stuart Derry.