Fleet Town 2 Horley Town 0
The Sun shone down for Fleet Town’s last home league game of the season, against mid table Horley Town, with both sides safe for another season at step 5, there was still pride to play for more than any points to matter.
The early action saw both sides cancelling each other out in open play, the best chances coming from set plays, Horley won a free kick just outside the box, which Ryan Smith took and tried a shot at goal but his effort rose over the bar, shortly after Fleet had a free kick out on the left, played into the danger area, but Horley keeper Hyde was in place to catch the ball and snuff out Fleet’s attack. Hyde was soon in action again, when Dan Bone was clear through Hyde’s dive touched the ball round the post for a corner. Horley started creating chances of their own with the pace of Ethan Ford troubling the Fleet defence. Fleet were able to find some space down the right with long penetrating runs up the wing, first by Emeka Nwaubani, his cross being cleared, then by Kamdon Simmons, his cross finding Ryan Esprit on the six yard line, who turned the ball past Hyde to put Fleet ahead on 34 minutes. Horley had a good chance to level when Ryan Smith let fly from 30 yards his shot was eluded the flying dive of Hardcastle but flew just past the top corner of the Fleet goal and the match reached half time with Fleet still a goal to the good.
An early second half Horley corner was only half cleared to Jimmy Williams but his shot skewed wide of the goal. After 55 minutes Dan Bone chased down a long ball on the right wing, with keeper Hyde coming across to the edge of his box to close the angle, Dan’s perfect control gave him the opening to slide the ball past Hyde into the net for Fleet’s second of the game. Both sides then made regular changes as they looked to get the better of each other, but were cancelling each other out with little goal mouth action. Fleet’s final change saw them have to replace one of the earlier substitutes, with Ellis McLean being forced off injured. The game finished with a 2-0 win for Fleet, the same score as Horley won by in the game at their place earlier in the season.
Next game for Fleet is an Easter Monday trip away to Walton & Hersham at 3pm. This will be Walton’s last league game of the season and they are expecting a large crowd to celebrate their promotion back to step 4, may be best to arrive early to secure parking near the ground and queues at turnstiles. The title is still up for grabs, but may be settled by the time our game is played, Walton sit 2 points behind Beckenham who will be playing at 11.30 at third place Raynes Park Vale. The staggered kick off times give people the chance to go to both games, a win for Beckenham will give them the title, but if they lose and then Walton win, the race will go on to next weekend when Beckenham will have another chance to win the title in their last match.
Fleet Town : 1 Roux Hardcastle, 2 Shemar Pettet, 3 James Dinsdale, 4 Khalid Babikir, 5 Emeka Nwaubani, 6 Tom Wesley, 7 Rowan Sharratt, 8 Ryan Esprit, 9 Dan Bone, 10 Billy Oram, 11 Kamdon Simmons.
Subs : 12 Ellis Mclean (on for Sharratt), 14 Luke Larner (on for Pettet), 15 Matty Pearce (on for McLean), 16 Elliot Amadieu (on for Esprit), 17 Mack Vary (on for Bone)