Lymington Town 1 Fleet Town 4

A Tuesday night trip to an in form Lymington Town was never going to be easy for Fleet and a number of enforced changes due to work commitments meant this was going to be a challenge. Durrell Brown returned to the first team after his time at Basingstoke as did Chris Harris. I don’t think many of the travelling Fleet fans were prepared for what unfolded.

Fleet started playing 3-5-2 a formation they felt might cause Lymington some trouble. This soon turned out to be the case as Ude Osim was played in on the Lymington keeper and was only denied by a good save. Fleet were dominating play and Lymington were only playing long balls to their strikers. Fleet took the lead with a great finish from Durrell Brown when he expertly hooked a corner into the far corner. It was a well deserved lead, it did however spur Lymington to play better. They luckily equalised when a shot came off the post straight to a Lymington player who score from close range. Lymington nearly extended their lead but Chris Harris made a good save from close range. Half-time 1-1

If the first half was close the second was far from it. Fleet made a half-time change with Malachi Thomas coming on for Kieran Nagle-Kelly and Fleet looking to move to a more 3-4-3 formation. Fleet then spent pretty much the entire half attacking the Lymington goal. Fleet’s second goal came when a Lymington defender clearly handled the ball in the penalty area, Billy Oram calmly dispatched the penalty. After much shouting at the officials by the Lymington staff one of their players was sin-binned, although this 10 minutes didn’t lead to anymore goals. Fleet’s third goal came on a quick Malachi Thomas break and finished when he rolled the ball to Aaron Redford who calmly slotted the ball in for his 13th goal of the season. More was to come from Malachi when he beat the Lymington full-back for pace and placed the ball into the bottom corner despite the defenders best efforts to clear the ball. Full-Time 4-1. If Horndean away had been a good performance this was even better with a complete team effort, substitutes included.

Fleet: 1. Chris Harris, 2. Ude Osim, 3. Tom Wensley, 4. Durrell Brown, 5. Cavan Atkinson, 6. Brad Passfield (c), 7. Kieran Nagle-Kelly, 8. Jack Howard, 9. Aaron Redford, 10. Dan Bone, 11. Billy Oram

Subs: 12. Malachi Thomas (7) , 13, Ryan Bone, 14. Indy Thomas (10), 15. Josh Blaize-Carr (9)

Goals: Durrell Brown, Billy Oram (Penalty), Aaron Redford, Malachi Thomas

Man of Match: All Eleven Players

Attendance: 51

Fleet’s next game of the season is Saturday 14th March when we play away to Cowes in the Sydenhams Wessex League. Kick Off is 3.00pm