Fleet Town 1 Winchester City 2
After the early afternoon pitch inspection, a lot of hard work by Chris, Ed and Nathan in the continuing Rain kept the pitch playable for this League match against Winchester City, with the final result they should receive a lot of credit from Winchester for keeping the game on that ended with Winchester taking the three points.
The visitors started the game faster, first to the ball, accurate passing and quick first touch ball control, setting up early chances, then when the referee awarded a Penalty for a handball, after 7 minutes, the Fleet faithful, were fearing a long and difficult night, but to theur delight Joe Hayward blasted the ball well over the bar. But this let off was soon forgotten, only three minutes Fleet were struggling to clear their lines and the ball found its way to Jake Rawkins, in yards of space he had time to pick his spot and put the visitors ahead. Winchester had the chance to extend their advantage when Simba Mlambo was in and shot, but Brendan Norris was there to save. Fleet then had an excellant chance of their own when Meshach Williams pounced on an underhit back pass, he shot passed the out rushing keeper, Ryan Pryce, but the ball rolled past the post into the side netting. Moments later Fleet poured forward again, Danilo Cadete down the right, fired the ball across the box, Ryan Pryce half cleared the ball, but only straight to Meshach Williams who fired home to bring Fleet level. An open first half presented chances to Josh Harfield and Rob Carr for the visitors and Kofi Halliday for Fleet keeping both stoppers on their game. The run up to half time saw Fleet survive intense pressure from the visitors, an attack down the middle was flicked on to Danny King, from the left side of the box he fired the ball over the bar, then Jake Rawkins drove through by himself and denied another goal when his shot was deflected for a corner. The final action of the half saw a great ball played forward by Sam William, on debut, to Kofi Halliday, his cross reached Meshach Williams, but his effort was lifted over the bar.
Half time saw the visitors make a change bringing on Tyrell Mitford for the injured Simba Mlambo, Tyrell making an almost instant impression when his shot went in off the inside of the post on 49 minutes. Both sides tightened up in the second half and chances were at a premium, Kofi Halliday came close when his cross from narrow angle had passed Ryan Pryce, but a defender was there to hook the ball off the line. The game built to a frantic finish for the last five minutes it was all Fleet pressure as the visitors were pegged back into desperate defending giving Fleet four corners in as many minutes, but try as they might, Fleet could not find the equaliser to salvage a point, as time ran out.
Fleet Town : 1 Brendan Norris, 2 Joe Wilson, 3 Rylan Myers, 4 Sam Williams, 5 Lewis Harvey, 6 Jordan Stepney, 7 Kofi Halliday, 8 Billy Oram, 9 Meshach Williams, 10 Harryson Wickens, 11 Danilo Cadete.
Subs : 12 Daniel Framp (on for Sam Williams 78 mins), 14 Abdul Rajab (on for Wickens 55 mins), 15 Ronan Silva (on for Cadete 78 mins)
not used 16 Stuart Derry