Fleet Town 2 AFC Stoneham 2

What turned out to be a good game of football looked under threat due to the heavy rain of the last few days. The hard work and effort put into the pitch by the club during the summer really showed to the extent that the pitch held up under rain and the players. The game itself gave Fleet a chance to show how far they had come on since the 4-2 defeat to AFC Stoneham in the Hampshire Cup last month.

The game started at a fast pace and started with a robust tackle from Fleet debutant Archie Carey who received a yellow card as a result of the challenge, many in the ground thought a red card was more likely but maybe the weather saved him. After this the game settled into a pattern of Fleet attacking and Stoneham trying to exploit their pace on the wing.  Fleet made a number of good chances with Paul Coventry, Brad Wilson and Jake Hammond all having good chances that were either saved or just put wide of the goal. Chris Harris in the Fleet goal had little to do making some routine saves and catches from crosses. Half time score 0-0

Many fans were not out of the bar when Fleet took the lead in the 47th minute. Not for the first time this year Fleet won a free kick near the opposition box and Aaron Redford stepped up the curl the ball into the bottom corner.  Stoneham came back into the game at this point and were pressurising the Fleet goal but not really testing Chris Harris. Unfortunately for Fleet Chris misjudged coming out for a through ball and took out the Stoneham striker to give them a chance to equalise from the penalty spot. The spot kick was successful despite Chris diving the right way and nearly getting a hand to it. By this stage the continual rain was effecting the play and it looked like both teams would have to be happy with a point. Fleet however had a chance on 81 minutes to go back into the lead, Aaron Redford was bought down in the penalty box and Brad Wilson had the chance to score. Brad using his new one step style duly sent the Stoneham goalkeeper the wrong way to score his 8th goal of the season. Stoneham had a player sin binned at this point for disagreeing with the referee’s decision. Fleet couldn’t quite hang for all three points when in the 4th minute of injury time Stoneham were able to force the ball home for a 2-2 draw.

Not the result Fleet were hoping for as 90 minutes approached but another good performance and the team are really starting to gel. With the match being Non-League Day and fundraising for Prostate Cancer we were pleased to raise £275 for such a worthwhile cause.

Fleet: 1. Chris Harris, 2. Archie Carey, 3. Sam Williams, 4. Jack Howard, 5. Cavan Atkinson, 6. Durrell Brown, 7. Bradley Wilson, 8. Jack Selby, 9. Paul Coventry, 10. Jake Hammond, 11. Aaron Redford

Subs: 12. Yannick Tchoundjin (2), 13. Aiden Upward, 14. Keiran Nagle-Kelly (11), 15. Matt Pearse, 16.Billy Oram (10)

Goals: Aaron Redford (47), Bradley Wilson (pen 81)

Man of Match: Cavan Atkinson

Attendance: 102

Fleet’s next game of the season is Saturday 19th October when we play host to Fareham Town at Calthorpe Park in the Sydenhams Wessex League. Kick Off is 3.00pm