Fleet Town 3 Shrivenham 1
A third game in a week was always going to be a test for Fleet Town. The opportunity to play Shrivenham of the Hellenic Premier Division at home to get to the 1st round of the FA Vase was going to inspire both teams. Fleet kept the same team they played at Alresford but were hoping to win the game earlier than on Tuesday night.
The first half was quite equal with both team having possession and trying to make chances. Fleet had to change their goalkeeper after 28 minutes with Harry Nash injured, Ryan Bone came on to take his place. The fact that it was 0-0 at half-time did not give any indication of what was to happen in the second half. Half-time 0-0
The second half started as any normal second half with both teams trying to play the ball about and make chances. Things looked bad for Fleet when Stuart Derry was sent off after 63 minutes for a poor challenge on the half-way line. Being one man down wasn’t the end to the world for Fleet having played with 10 men on Tuesday. At this stage Shrivenham hit the post with a header. Things however got worse when soon after Mal Thomas was sinbinned by the referee and Fleet were down to 9 men. Just as things seemed to be falling apart for Fleet substitute Jack Howard popped up to give Fleet the lead with a shot from the edge of the box. The lead only lasted for a couple of minutes with Shrivenham scoring with a header from a cross, 1-1. Shrivenham then had a player of their own sent off as Mal returned to the pitch, although he was soon subbed by Taylor Watts. As the game seemed to be moving towards penalties (93 minutes) Fleet were awarded a free-kick. Good delivery was met by Brad Passfield whose header back across goal was touched in by Dan Bone. With Fleet feeling the game was won most fans in the ground were surprised when the referee failed to award Shrivenham a penalty for what appeared a clear handball. In the 94th minute Dan Bone was played clear through and he played the ball past the Shrivenham goalkeeper to make the result clear. Quite a second half of football, hopefully all fans have got their breath back…Full-time 3-1
Fleet: 13. Harry Nash, 2. Dan Framp, 3. Tom Wensley, 4. Dan Dansie, 5. Stuart Derry, 6. Brad Passfield, 7. Rowan Sharratt, 8. Leo Decarbo, 9. Matty Pearse, 10. Billy Oram, 11. Mal Thomas
Subs: 12. Jack Dansie, 13. Ryan Bone (1), 14. Jack Selby, 15. Matty Pearse, 16. Jack Howard (8), 17. Adam Bond, 18. Taylor Watts (11)
Goals: Jack Howard (78), Dan Bone (93), Dan Bone (94)
Man of Match: Brad Passfield
Fleet’s next game of the season is Saturday 17th October away to Bournemouth Poppies in the Sydenhams Wessex League Premier Division, kick off 3pm.