Fleet Town 2 Sholing 3

Fleet managed to soak up the early Sholing pressure and took five minutes to get the ball down the other end, the ball in was collected by Sholing, but a poor clearance fell perfectly to Bradley Wilson, he controlled the ball and fired it back past Ryan Gosney into the net to give Fleet an early lead. The visitors went on to have more of the ball, several good passes forward from Marvin Mclean and Pete Castle to Jake Hoole to play the balls into the box, most were meat and drink for Layton Avenell and Stuart Derry to clear, the couple that reached a Sholing player were pushed past the post or over the bar. The second half saw a more decisive Sholing take control of the game, scoring three times in a seventeen minute spell, firstly Owen Rounder was left unmarked at the far post to bend down and nod a deep cross past Harvey White for the equaliser on 54 minutes, only four minutes later Dan Mason got the ball in the middle of the box, took his time to make space to fire the ball into the net, then on 71 minutes Byron Mason rose to head the ball home from a corner. On 78 minutes Fleet got back into the game, direct from a free kick 25 yards out,  Bradley Wilson’s kick flew straight into the net. Fleet had one late chance to force an equaliser that would have taken the game to Penalties, another free kick was collected in the box but would not fall nicely, as the ball and players feet were sticking in the mud of the bottom goal mouth, the only part of the pitch suffering from an evening of torrential rain that fell through most of the match. In the end Sholing did just enough to see the game out and progress to the final of the Russell Cotes Cup.

Fleet Town : 1 Harvey White, 2 Layton Avenell, 3 Daniel Framp, 4 Edwin Plackett, 5 Stuart Derry, 6 William Boye, 7 Eoin Kirwan, 8 Kieran Ngale-Kelly, 9 Bradley Wilson, 10 Billy Oram, 11 Matthew Pearse.

Subs : 12 Callum Abraham-Barlow (on for Boye 78 mins), 14 Enow Ojong (on for Wilson 80 mins), 16 Danny Barham (on for Framp 75 mins), not used 15 Sam Williams.