Fleet Town 1 Romsey Town 2

Well that wasn’t really the result that Fleet were looking for. Both teams made a number of changes to their first teams to give players minutes in the Sydenhams Wessex League Cup. The highlight for Fleet being the return of Mal Thomas.

As is tradition at the moment the game started with Fleet conceding a goal in the first 5 minutes. A good shot by a Romsey player evaded Ryan Bone in goal and nestled in the net. After this blow Fleet tried to play football but often had a lack of cutting edge up front, with only a couple of real chances being made. When Fleet did make chances they found the Romsey goalkeeper on good form. Romsey were still a threat and had a number of good attacks and chances. Half-time 0-1

The second half continued in much the same way as the first. Fleet attacked downhill and although having possession they never really troubled the goalkeeper. Romsey doubled their lead when they reacted quickest to a bouncing ball in the Fleet box and drilled it into the net. Fleet made a substitution bringing on Mal Thomas for Billy Oram. This gave Fleet a bit more of a cutting edge and ultimately a goal. Mal Thomas carried the ball across the Romsey penalty area before sliding it past the goalkeeper. Fleet kept pressing but unfortunately couldn’t find a second goal to take the game to penalties. Full-time 1-2

Fleet: 1. Ryan Bone, 2. Cameron Rowthorne, 3. Charlie Graves, 4. Tom Wensley, 5. Steve Lee, 6. Brad Passfield, 7. Rowan Sharratt, 8. Jack Howard, 9. Matty Pearse, 10. Billy Oram, 11. Daytroy Thomas

Subs: 12. Tyson Beacroft (11), 13. Harry Nash, 14. Mal Thomas (10), 15. Taylor Watts (3), 16. Dan Dansie

Goals: Mal Thomas (80)

Man of Match: Mal Thomas

Attendance: 82

Fleet’s next game of the season is Saturday 19th September when they are home to Newent Town AFC in the 1st Qualifying Round of the FA Vase