Mangotsfield United 5 Fleet Town 3
Mangotsfield came back to take the points in what was 18th v 19th relegation battle, a result that leaves Fleet Town 8 points from safety and odds-on for finishing in a relegation position this season.
The home side started strongly looking for an early goal to cement their recent upturn in form and take control of such a vital game. But after some early probes and wayward shots, Fleet stormed upfield and Sam Williams drove into the box, the ball finding its way to Meshach Williams, who took the ball round James Bloom before firing home to put Fleet ahead after six minutes. Within a minute, Mangotsfield were threatening and forced Fleet to concede a corner, played over to the far post Chris Peck was there but headed wide from only one yard. In an end to end battle, both sides looking dangerous when attacking, but Fleet were creating more chances, another good run down the right by Danilo Cadete led to another Fleet corner, played into the middle of the box, Mangotsfield were only able to half clear allowing Fleet to keep the pressure on, played over to Joe Wilson on the right edge of the box, he drove in and shot, but saw his effort blocked, but Joe got the ball back and fired home from a narrow angle to double Fleets lead on fourteen minutes. Fleet were soon threatening again, this time Joe Wilson and Bradley Wilson combining down the left before Bradley hit a low cross into the Mangotsfield box, which the defence was able to scramble away before Fleet could strike again. The home side were still creating some chances themselves, James Ollis had a clear chance but lifted the ball over the bar. With the home side settled more into the game they were looking more dangerous, Louis Britton got the ball from a corner, but shot wide, after 34 minutes Louis Britton took the ball forward himself and shot from 20 yards, his effort eluded the dive of Fleet keeper Harvey White and nestled into the net to make the score 1-2. Fleet soon had the chance to restore their two goal advantage but Meshach Williams could only head the ball weakly into the hands of the home keeper Joe Perry. Just before the break Mangotsfield were given a free kick just outside the box, played into a crowded area, Harvey White got up to push the ball away but it fell to Lee Hartshorn who lobbed the ball back over Harvey White before he could get back but Sam Williams was there on the line to head the ball up and over the bar for a corner to the home side. Fleet got the ball clear and within seconds it was at the other end, Bradley Wilson ran to the edge of the box, with only keeper Joe Perry there and the goal at his mercy, Bradley managed to fire the ball over the goal, into the added minutes, another chance fell to Fleet, Billy Oram shot but saw his effort cleared off the line.
At half time, the home side took off James Bloom, bringing on Lewis Ellington and immediately looked a different side and within three minutes were level when Joe Hall got the final touch after a defensive scramble that had kept James Ollis out. Only six minutes later and the home side were in front, James Oliis and Louis Britton combined on the right before Louis Britton finished the move that made the score 3-2. Fleet did not let these setbacks stop their flowing attacks, on the hour mark a deep cross found Danilo Cadete unmarked and waiting but when he could have taken a moment to get the ball down to shoot he rushed a header into the hands of Joe Perry. Then on 63 minutes Louis Britton pounced on a loose ball and scored again to put the home side 4-2 ahead. After 72 minutes Fleet were given a free kick just outside the Mangotsfield box, packing the area to look for a goal to get them back into the game, the plan was undone as the ball ran the Mango’s way, as they broke out, in only took seconds and two passes for James Ollis to reach the Fleet box unchallenged and fire home for the home sides fifth. Moments later sub Lewis Ellington could have made it six but shot over. Mangotsfield found themselves reduced to ten players, when Matthew Tanner was shown a straight Red Card for his studs up tackle on Ronan Silva. Fleet were looking to make this man advantage count and in the final ten minutes could have scored several times as Mangotsfield tried to hang on, with Billy Oram shot going just wide, Meshach Williams shot just over the bar, then from a corner, Ronan Silva shot hit keeper Joe Perry who did not know much about it, before the goal came when Enow Ojong was in space and got the ball past the advancing Joe Perry from six yards on 89 minutes, making the score 5-3. When the board went up to show 7 minutes added time it was met with disbelief by the home fans, but try as they might Fleet could not score again as the home said saw the last minutes out, leaving Fleet to rue missed chances in their second successive 5-3 away defeat, but the three goals do take Fleet’s tally of league goals for the season to 38, equalling least season’s total with still a third of this season to play.
Next up for Fleet Town is an Aldershot Senior Cup match away to Woodley United on Tuesday night and back to league action on Saturday 16th at home to Slimbridge.
Fleet Town : 1 Harvey White, 2 Layton Avenell, 3 Joe Wilson, 4 Sam Williams, 5 Stuart Derry, 6 Edwin Plackett, 7 Danilo Cadete, 8 Jordan Stepney, 9 Meshach Williams, 10 Billy Oram, 11 Bradley Wilson.
subs : 12 Ronan Silva (on for Plackett 58 mins), 14 Enow Ojong (on for Avenell 65 mins), 17 Harryson Wickens (on for Derry 58 mins)
not used 16 Kieran Ngale-Kelly