Fleet Town 1 Badshot Lea 0

Fleet Town progressed through to the second round of the Aldershot Senior Cup with this narrow victory over their Combined Counties League opponents. A strong defensive display from both sides were snuffing out each others attacks, until a quick break out from Fleet saw a long ball fall between the advancing Enow Ojong and Badshot Lea’s keeper Chase. As the keeper went down to pick the ball up, it eluded his grip and ran on, Enow rounded the keeper and reached the ball to dribble it into the net. Fleet should have added to this before half time but the twenty-five yard strike from Ronan Silva flashed just over the bar. Just before half time was due, the visitors had forced another corner, but as this was cleared, Brendan Norris was left in a heap on the ground and initially it looked as if he would not be able to continue, but after five minutes of treatment on the pitch he carried on.

Early in the second half Badshot Lea’s keeper Chase rushed out to snuff out the next Fleet attack, contacting player and ball, after another long stoppage and treatment, Chase was unable to continue and was forced off and taken to the changing room by their physio with an ice pack on his shoulder. With no specialist goal keeper on the bench, the visitors defender, Pound took over between the sticks and Badshot Lea brought on ex Fleet player James Pilgrim, within a minute Pilgrim had the best chance of the second half, from a corner, the ball found its way to James Pilgrim inside the six yard box, he swivelled and struck the ball crisply as Brenden Norris rushed to close in and he got in the way of the shot to block it. Caught between trying to protect the stand in keeper and chasing an equaliser, Badshot Lea found themselves restricted to long range shots and only an occasional dangerous cross, but everything close to the goal was snapped up by Norris as he dominated his box. While at the other end Fleet could not get in any clear openings to test the stand in keeper, the one time that Pound was exposed he rushed out and clashed with Enow Ojong as he was about to shoot. Enow needed treatment on the pitch, only to be helped to the side line, where Ed continued to work on him for the final 20 minutes, leaving Fleet to try to hold on with only ten players on the pitch, as all the substitutions had been made by then. After the final whistle, Enow was carried away on a stretcher for further medical assessment on his injured ankle. Another solid team performance with some eye catching moments from Connor Channon and Layton Avenell, then the mantle taken up by Ross Ewen and Abdul Rajab after they were brought on.

The draw for the next round is not expected to be made until December or January.

Fleet Town : 1 Brendan Norris, 2 Joe Wilson, 3 Matthew Deadfield, 4 Ronan Silva, 5 Daniel Framp, 6 Amarni Bonsu, 7 Layton Avenell, 8 Connor Channon, 9 Enow Ojong, 10 Billy Oram, 11 Riccardo Andrady.

subs : 12 Ross Ewen (on for Channon 59 mins), 14 Abdul Rajab (on for Avenell 63 mins), 15 Danilo Cadete (on for Andrady 63 mins)

not used 16 Stuart Derry.

On Saturday Fleet return to league action with a trip to deepest Gloucestershire to visit Slimbridge.