Fleet Town 2 AFC Totton 5
AFC Totton were forced to draft in two loanees, from Birmingham City, on Friday, to replace players that sustained bad injuries in their Hampshire Cup match on Tuesday, Adam Siviter and Ben McLean going straight into the starting line up at Fleet.
An even start, gave little indication of the drama and excitement to follow, although Totton forced two corners in the opening ten minutes, they were easily dealt with by the Fleet defence. Fleet then created their first moment of danger at the other end, from a free kick, the ball was played out to the left and crossed back over to Danilo Cadete, but his shot flew wide of the goal. After a quarter of an hour, saw the visitors Stuart Green run on to a long ball forward but could only shoot straight at Brendan Norris in the Fleet goal, but moments later the deadlock was broken when Adam Siviter kicked the ball downfield, it was collected by the well travelled dangerman Justin Bennett, who took the ball up into the box before firing past Norris into the net and get AFC Totton ahead. Straight from the kick off, Fleet forced Totton back, firstly Danilo played in a dangerous cross from the right that was cleared and moments later Riccardo Andrady crossed from the left, this time the ball ran harmlessly behind, then in a similar manner to Totton’s opener, the ball forward was collected by Meshach Williams who advanced into the box before slotting the ball home past Siviter to net his third goal in his first three games for Fleet Town, in eight days. Fleet though were only level for five minutes, before Justin Bennett got to a flick on to stab the ball home and restore the visitors advantage, which they then added to only four minutes later, when a corner fell to Eddie Perrett who scored to make it 3-1 to the visitors. Fleet kept coming forward looking to reduce the deficit before the break, the best chance fell to Imran Uche, who totally skied his effort high out of the ground, then at the other end after a steady build up, the opening fell to Justin Bennett, in the D but he uncharacteristically lifted the ball high over the bar, so the game reached the break at only 3-1 to AFC Totton.
Very early in the second half, Totton broke upfield, as Brendan Norris started to come to meet a cross, he decided to stop and retreat but the cross picked out Tom Bearwish who slotted the ball past Norris and made the score 4-1, which any times could kill off a game as a contest, but Fleet never know when to give up, a chance for Billy Oram, he headed the ball goalward but found Adam Siviter there to block. With new signing Jordan Stepney strengthening the Fleet defence it gave Joe Wilson more chances to get up and join attacks, Joe fresh from his midweek appearence for Aldershot Town in the Hampshire Senior Cup, was enjoying this freedom more as the game passed. A flowing move through Meshach Williams and Stuart Derry saw the chance reach Danilo Cadete and it needed a fine effort from Totton keeper Siviter to palm the ball over for a corner. The corner found Meshach Williams, initially it looked as if Siviter was making a fantastic save but in trying to catch the ball, he was adjudged to have carried it over the line and the officials awarded the goal to Fleet, with thirty minutes left, Fleet believed there could still be a comeback but immediately Totton got the crucial break, what was possibly a poor shot ran behind Norris and there was Stuart Green on the far side of the six yard box, with the ball passing behind him, he did the only thing he could and back heeled it in the direction of the goal and it found its way in for the visitors fifth. Fleet made a triple change bringing on Ronan Silva, Daniel Framp and for his debut new signing Lamar Koroma. The next chance fell to Ronan Silva, his shot bounced in front of keeper Siviter but he was still able to make the save. After seventy minutes Totton brought on Craig Feeney, who over the years has scored many times against Fleet and within in a minute of coming on Feeney had the chance for another one, but his effort was saved by Norris. Fleet were soon back down the other end threatening themselves, following some sustained pressure, the opening came to Meshach Williams, his fine strike brought another fantastic save out of Adam Siviter diving full length and at full stretch he got enough on the ball to tip it wide for another corner to Fleet Town. With time starting to run out, Fleet kept taking the game to Totton, another fine move saw Danilo Cadete bring the ball out of defence, his run opened up Totton and his cross found Joe Wilson, his shot struck the inside of the far post and rebounded into the hands of keeper Siviter who had only been able to stand and watch the ball pass him. The final scoreline flattered Totton who were just that bit stronger than Fleet on the day.
The easi-leaflets man of the match was awarded to Jordan Stepney
Next up for Fleet Town is a visit to play off contenders Yate Town, on Saturday 29th.
Fleet Town : 1 Brendan Norris, 2 Armani Bonsu, 3 Joe Wilson, 4 Connor Channon, 5 Stuart Derry, 6 Jordan Stepney, 7 Danilo Cadete, 8 Imran Uche, 9 Meshach Williams, 10 Billy Oram, 11 Riccardo Andrady.
subs : 12 Ronan Silva (on for Channon 61 mins), 16 Daniel Framp (on for Uche 61 mins), 17 Lamar Koroma (on for Oram 61 mins)
not used 14 Enow Ojong, 15 Matthew Deadfield