Fleet Town 3 Bideford AFC 2

Fleet Town finally converted all their good performances in narrow losses into their first points since the visit of Barnstaple back in November. Fleet started strongly with Enow Ojong and Danilo Cadete probing the visitors defence and it was these two players that combined after twelve minutes to find Meshach Williams alone in the box, his low shot finding its way past the dive of keeper Joe Moore to roll into the net and give the home side the lead. Fleet pressed on to try to add to their lead before Bideford could settle into the game, another flowing move saw Danilo Cadete pass to Bradley Wilson, who got the ball onto Meshach Williams to head goalward, but this time the ball got cleared, but moments later Fleet had the ball back, Bradley Wilson played the ball in behind the Bideford line for Enow Ojong to run onto, he collected the ball and got his fierce shot away, only to be denied when a defender rushed back to block the shot and give Fleet a corner. From this corner the ball reached Meshach Williams past the far post, but as the visitors keeper went towards the ball both Meshach Williams and Joe Moore ended up on the deck, the referee immediately blew and pointed to the spot for a Penalty to Fleet, Meshach took the kick himself, but Joe Moore dived the right way to make the save. This let off seemed to inspire Bideford who starting creating chances at the other end, Joel Randall taking the ball down the left he fired a dangerous cross over, the ball ran inside the six yard box, all the way through the area without anyone close enough to get a touch, before being collected and cleared near the far touchline. But after thirty-one minutes an under hit back pass was pounced on by Ryan Turner he took the ball up to the corner of the box before firing the ball past Harvey White into the net and bring Bideford level. The visitors next attack saw Sean Downing run through onto a through ball as Harvey White came across to try to reach the ball first there was contact between the players and the referee made the same decision as the earlier contact at the other end and awarded Bideford a Penalty. Sean Downing placed the ball to take the spot kick he had won, Harvey White also dived the right way the kick was going but got nowhere near the ball as it flew well wide of the post. As the first half entered its one added minute, Bideford attacked down the right and Joel Randall took the ball close to the by-line before he rifled the ball home from wide and narrow angle to put the visitors ahead and into the break 2-1 up.

The second half started as the first, with Fleet taking the game to the visitors, Enow Ojong won the ball in midfield and played the ball onto Billy Oram, but his shot flew high over the bar. When Enow Ojong tried a spectacular overhead ball, it turned into a fantastic pass to Danilo Cadete, his shot forcing Joe Moore into a fine diving save. Then came the minute that changed the game, on 68 minutes Danilo Cadete was there to tap in a cross from the left and on 69 minutes Bradley Wilson cut in from the right to fire the ball in off the far post and Fleet were back in the lead, sparking wild celebrations on and off the pitch. Fleet kept looking for another goal and a safety buffer, Bideford keeper Joe Moore having to be at his best to get up and push a Billy Oram lob over the bar as it was dropping in. Ten minutes from time Fleet were forced into an unplanned change when Enow Ojong had to limp off, bringing on Daniel Framp to add another body at the back, but this gave the visitors the space to take the game forward as they looked for an equaliser, a tense final minutes for the home fans, as Bideford won a couple of dangerous free kicks and corners, but even when they threw keeper Joe Moore up in the box, Fleet were able to keep them out and hold on for the win and spark more wild celebrations around the ground. Fleet now have a week to train and plan for next Saturday’s trip to one of our bogey sides, AFC Totton.







Paul of Easi-Leaflets choose Meshach Williams as the Easi-Leaflets Man of the Match.







Fleet Town : 1 Harvey White, 2 Joe Wilson, 3 Callum Abraham-Barlow, 4 Ronan Silva, 5 Stuart Derry, 6 Edwin Plackett, 7 Danilo Cadete, 8 Billy Oram, 9 Enow Ojong, 10 Meshach Williams, 11 Bradley Wilson.

subs : 14 Daniel Framp (on for Enow Ojong 80 mins), 15 Layton Avenell (on for Danilo Cadete 85 mins)

not used 12 Lucas ODell-Angba, 16 Kieran Ngale-Kelly, 17 Sam Waters.