Fleet Town 1 Cobham 2
Cobham visited Fleet on Tuesday night and proved too strong for the depleted Fleet side, with players still missing Dan Bone was again drafted back into a defensive position, where he was needed but it did leave Fleet short of his strength up front.
Early action saw Cobham on the front foot but only able to give Roux some easy catching practise, until the quarter hour when Marklew headed in the opening goal at a corner. Eight minutes later Fleet were level when the Cobham defense let a through ball pass untouched, expecting it to run to the keeper but Elliott Amadieu had other ideas he chased it down, took it round the keeper and passed the ball into the empty net. Cobham reacted quickly and a shot from Warren Colman brought out a diving save from Hardcastle who turned the ball round the post for a corner. After 33 minutes Stanislaus was able to find the net again for the visitors second. Fleet were able to hold out to half time without any further problems.
Fleet made their first change for the start of the second half bringing on Rowan Sharratt for Ben Maunders and he was immediately in the action helping set up some good Fleet attacks, firstly Elliott Amadieu was in but his shot ran wide, Fleet soon had a corner which was played into the middle of the six yard box and met by a Fleet head but went up over the bar, then Billy Orm saw the gap to let fly one of his thunderbolts but his shot was saved by keeper Lacey. On the hour Fleet were forced into a change when Ryan Esprit had to limp off with an injury. Cobham then had the chance to settle the game when Jack Sims shot from the edge of the box, starting on target as it neared the goal it drifted wide, later Fleet had their chance to get level again, Billy Oram got to a clearance and turned on the ball drove forward and got his shot off, firing across the goal the ball beat the keeper and the post to pass wide. For the last five minutes Cobham played keep ball games by the corner flag to waste time, winning corners and throw ins but made no effort to try to cross or set up any chances. All to soon the final whistle was blown, seemingly not enough time added for injury stoppages, let alone substitutions and the slow play of Cobham when the referee encouraged them to get on with the game. Although not brought on it was good to see Dan Framp on the bench, he has been training following his long injury lay off, he was not risked for a few minutes run out with Fleet chasing the game.
Fleet’s next match is a tough away trip across to Camberley on Saturday 9th.
Fleet Town : 1 Roux Hardcastle, 2 Shemar Pettett, 3 Ellis McLean, 4 Dan Bone, 5 Emeka Nwaubani, 6 James Dinsdale, 7 Ben Maunders, 8 Ryan Esprit, 9 Elliott Amadieu, 10 Billy Oram, 11 Mack Vary.
Subs 12 Alfie Neville (on for 11 82 mins), 14 Matty Pearce (on for 6 71 mins), 15 Luke Larner (on for 8 60 mins), 16 Rowan Sharratt (on for 7 half time), 17 Dan Framp