Fleet Town 2 Banstead Athletic 4

In a return to league action a lacklustre Fleet team were outplayed by a Banstead side that hadn’t won a game in the league up to Saturday. Fleet saw Mal Thomas return to the side from Tuesday night’s win.

The first half was only 30 seconds old when the Fleet defence parted like the red sea and let the Banstead striker stroll through to beat Lee Allen easily enough. Fleet struggled to get their passing game going and Banstead were always threatening the Fleet defence with their fast breaks. When Fleet did have the ball and tried to pass it they found themselves regularly offside. Half-time 0-1

The start of the second half saw Fleet try to push on more and attack the Banstead defence, they were still not having much success until a goalkeeping error gifted Fleet a goal. A though ball was running to the Banstead goalkeeper who ran out to clear the ball but only succeeded in stopping the ball as his foot ran over the top of it. Danilo Pereira was able to run onto the ball and side foot it in from about 20 yards. About 2 minutes later Fleet took the lead, James Beauchamp ran on to a through ball and finished easily. With Fleet now leading 2-1 despite not playing well fans thought they could relax, how wrong they were. Soon after taking the lead Fleet gave away a penalty, the initial shot was saved by Lee Allen but the ball bounced back to the penalty taker who headed into the goal. Fleet continued to shoot themselves in the foot. After trying to play out from the back, losing the ball and having Banstead miss from close range, they did exactly the same 2 minutes later and were punished giving Banstead the lead. The final goal of the day came in the last minute when Banstead broke from a Fleet corner. Lee Allen was up for the corner and Banstead scored into an empty net. Not a great day for Fleet, but onto Tuesday away at Molesey. Full-time 2-4

Fleet: 1. Lee Allen, 2. Luke Larner, 3. Tom Wensley, 4. Rowan Sharratt, 5. Dan Framp, 6. Brad Passfield, 7. Mal Thomas, 8. Kieran Nagle-Kelly, 9. James Beauchamp, 10. Billy Oram, 11. Danilo Pereira

Subs: 12. Ellis McLean (2), 14. Fareed Hakeem-Habeeb (5), 15. Elliott Amadieu (10), 16. Dan Bone (4), 17. Durell Brown (11)

Goals: Danilo Pereira (55 mins), James Beauchamp (57 mins)

Man of Match:  Luke Larner

Attendance: 135