Fleet Town get Six Appeal
Fleet had to make some changes tonight from an expected line up, with Bobby Dormer not recovered from the injury that saw him substituted on Saturday and some of the younger players that have been in the squad playing for the Under 18’s in an Allied Counties League match tonight at Alton.
The early exchanges of this match at the Franki Foundations stadium gave little insight to all the drama to come. Uxbridge getting the first efforts in, from a corner and a free kick, the final shots flying over the bar. It was eight minutes before Fleet threatened the goal, when Patrik Ruzicka shot just wide. Patrik got even closer a couple of minutes later when he received Pekun’s cross and jinked round a couple of players before shooting, missing the post by the thickness of a coat of paint. With both sides playing well, they were cancelling each other out and chances were at a minimum until midway through the half, Patrik Ruzicka made the space to run wide and cross which found Matt Bunyan, his shot being saved by the visitors keeper McCarthy. Fleet were then put under intense pressure as Uxbridge camped in and around the Fleet box for ten minutes as Fleet’s defence held firm but could not clear the ball far and Uxbridge were in again. Then after 38 minutes Fleet came close again, when Wales took a throw to Sam Pekun who crossed to Bradley Wilson, his shot though ran wide. After the goal kick, Fleet won the ball and a long ball was played through to Patrik Ruzicka, he shot and McCarthy stopped the ball but could not hold on and the loose ball reached Pekun, who ran in closer before firing home into the still empty net to put Fleet ahead, after 39 minutes. Sam did his now famous acrobatic goal celebration. Five minutes later Fleet fans were in ecstasy again, when Toye and Ruzicka combined on the right to cross, which Matt Bunyan forced home to make it 2-0 to the home side at the break.
The second half started quietly until the game was an hour old, when Patrik Ruzicka took it on himself to run through the visitors defence into the box to slide the ball across McCarthy into the far side of the goal and it became 3-0 to Fleet. It was fast becoming the Patrik Ruzicka show, when he ran through again seven minutes later, he was brought down and Fleet were awarded a Penalty kick. Patrik took the kick himself and scored which made it 4-0. A few minutes later and a long ball was collected again by Patrik, he attempted to repeat his first goal, slid the ball past McCarthy but this time it also slid past the post. But there was no stopping Ruzicka, Uxbridge had no answer to his speed and skill, as he ran into the box he was brought down again but the loose ball was collected by Danilo but as he was shooting (the ball ended up in the net) the referee had blown to talk to his assistant who had been waving his flag and Fleet had their second Penalty of the night, instead of playing on for the goal. Patrik was given the responsibilty again and the chance to complete a second half hat trick, this time he hit it higher and McCarthy was able to get a hand to it to palm it over for a corner. This was played in and handled by Uxbridge sub Anthony Thomas, who was shown a Red Card as Fleet got their third Penalty of the night. This time, Patrik was denied the chance for his hat trick and it was given to Josh Baines to take, he scored and it was 5-0 to Fleet with 8 minutes left. A rare break out for the visitors was stopped any way they could and Uxbridge had a free kick right on the edge of the box. Dave Thomas stood over the ball as the referee got the Fleet wall back, with Liam Beach calling the shots on numbers and position, eventually the officials and Liam was happy and Uxbridge were allowed to take the kick, it rose over the wall and coming down towards the goal, Liam threw himself at it and got a hand to it, the defence tidied up and cleared the danger. Fleet soon attacked again, another dangerous cross, with several Fleet players closing in, up went Patrik Ruzicka to head in another goal, his third and Fleet’s 6th after 87 minutes. Although there was time left plus the four minutes added, this was the end of the action. Final score Fleet Town 6 Uxbridge 0. A wonderful win, an important win made even more so by Aylesbury and Hanwell also picking up their first league wins of the season tonight, so there is no change in the bottom three.
Not surprisingly for his star performance and goals Patrik Ruzicka was awarded the man of the match and presented with a bottle of liquid refreshment in the clubhouse after the game. Though as Patrik is only here on loan from Farnborough, more performances like this and they may want him back.
Fleet Town : 1 Liam Beach, 2 Owen Cummins, 3 Chris Wales, 4 Greg Haydon, 5 Chris Musgrove, 6 Josh Baines, 7 Sam Pekun, 8 Matt Bunyan, 9 Ben Toye, 10 Patrik, Ruzicka, 11 Bradley Wilson.
subs : 12 Danilo Cadete (on for Wilson 65 mins), 15 Ethan Allen (on for Wales 72 mins), 16 Michael Milne (on for Bunyan 70 mins)
not used : 14 Billy Oram, 17 Ashley Lloyd.