Fleet Town 2 Staines Town 1
Fleet entertained step 4 side Staines Town in the 2nd Round of the Aldershot Senior Cup. This was Staines first game in the competition and although they have been struggling and on their 4 manager of the season they were still step 4 opposition. Elliott Povey made his debut for Fleet .
In what turned out to be an entertaining game both Fleet and Staines tried to play some good passing football and moved the ball around well. Although both sides had chances Fleet ultimately took the lead when Aaron Redford scored his 12th goal of the season from close range from a Billy Oram cross. Staines made some surges forward and Aiden Upward had to be alert to keep the ball out of the net. Half-time 1-0
The second half continued in much the same way with Fleet attacking down the hill and putting Staines under considerable pressure while attempting to double their lead. After making his debut against AFC Porchester youngster Max Burke came on for 30 minutes and soon found himself playing in an unaccustomed centre-back position. This meant a back four including Charlie Graves, Cavan Atkinson, Max Burke and Ude Osim must have been one of the youngest to ever play for Fleet. Fleet eventually did double their lead when a lovely passing move was finished by Malachi Thomas. Staines pulled a goal back when they got behind the Fleet defence and past Aiden Upward to score. Charlie Graves made a great goal line clearance to preserve Fleets lead and help them through to the Quarter-Final of the Aldershot Senior Cup. Full-time 2-1.
Fleet: 1. Aiden Upward, 2. Ude Osim, 3. Charlie Graves, 4. Jack Howard, 5. Cavan Atkinson, 6. Elliott Povey, 7. Malachi Thomas, 8. Kieran Nagle-Kelly, 9. Aaron Redford, 10. Billy Oram (c), 11. Josh Blaize-Carr
Subs: 12. Taylor Watts (6), 14. Max Burke (8), 15. Indy Thomas, 16. Jake Hammond (9), 17. Brad Passfield
Goals: Aaron Redford (30), Malachi Thomas (65)
Man of Match: Ude Osim
Fleet’s next game of the season is Saturday 7th March when we play host to Hamble at Calthorpe Park in the Sydenhams Wessex League. Kick Off is 3.00pm