Fleet Town 2 AFC Croydon Athletic 0
On an unseasonably warm sunny early spring afternoon, a bumper non-league day crowd came along to be entertained in this Combined Counties Premier South Division League fixture. Fleet settled into the game quickly and it was not long before a long Kamdon Simmons run down the left forced the Croydon defence to give away a corner, the original ball into the box was knocked down by the keeper and after a couple of Fleet players had touches blocked the loose ball was controlled by Tom Wensley and he stabbed the ball in between the keeper Oshane Brown and defender on the line to put Fleet ahead after only 7 minutes. Fleet had a chance to double the advantage when a free kick on the right was played over and through the box before being returned into the middle and the ball reached Emeka Nwaubani, who had two chances to find the net before Croydon were able to clear the ball. Most of the rest of the first half was dominated by a midfield battle between the two sides with Croydon players Nahum Green and Mohamed Junior Kaffo winning several balls to set up their attacks but moves only produced long range balls into the box to give Neil Sanneh some catching practice in the Fleet goal and it was only in the 44th minute that Croydon won their first corner of the game at a time they were down to ten players on the pitch and one in the sin bin as the referee had finally ran out of patience with Croydon’s regular fouls and dissent, a stronger referee could have issued more cards earlier. Half time came with Fleet still leading 1-0.
A change early in the second half saw Dan Bone come of the bench to replace Mack Vary, Croydon’s afternoon soon got harder when they were reduced to ten players, a long discussion between the referee and his assistant on the near side saw Jermaine Green get his second Yellow Card, following a bad foul on James Dinsdale, which could have easily been a straight Red. Croydon made several changes to try to find a way back into the game and it was their substitutes that combined well to create chances for themselves in the final ten minutes, but could not produce anything to trouble Sanneh. With the added time ebbing away Fleet played the ball forward and Dan Bone is brought down to earn Fleet a Penalty. With players getting into position the referee suddenly brings out his Red Card for sub Boateng and the visitors are down to nine. Billy Oram steps up and the keeper moves to his right and can only look across to see the ball fly into the other side of the goal, as Fleet start to celebrate the referee blows the final whistle as there is no time left for Croydon to restart the game, giving Fleet a deserved 2-0 victory.
Next game for Fleet Town is home to Frimley Green in the league on Tuesday evening, 7.45pm kick off.
Fleet Town : 1 Neil Sannah, 2 Emeka Nwaubani,3 James Dinsdale, 4 Khalid Babikir, 5 Shemar Pettet, 6 Tom Wensley, 7 Rowan Sharratt, 8 Ben Maunders, 9 Mack Vary, 10 Billy Oram, 11 Kamdon Simmons.
Subs : 12 Ellis Mclean (on for Nwaubani 80 mins), 14 Maty Pearce (on for Babikir 80 mins), 15 Elliott Amadieu (on for Maunders 87 mins), 16 Dan Bone (on for Vary 54 mins), 17 Ryan Esprt (on for Sharratt 77 mins).