Street FC 3 Fleet Town 0

Fleet Town started the new season with an away trip to Somerset to visit one of the League’s new boys, Street who won the Western League last season finishing 15 points clear of Melksham. The home side started strongly pushing Fleet back and created the first chance after two minutes when Steve Murray’s through ball found Craig Herrod running through to shoot, with Fleet keeper Brendan Norris was able to reach the ball and deflect it away for a corner, which was calmly dealt with by the Fleet defense and it was not long before Fleet started to show a threat of their own, with Danilo Cadete taking the ball down the right wing, his pacey runs making space to cross balls, but these were cut out by Street’s defence or caught by keeper Tom Pinchard. But after eight minutes a quick break up field by Street saw Craig Herrod cut into the box and took time to make space for himself to slot the ball past Norris into the net and set the large home crowd into wild celebration of their first goal ever at step four. Ten minutes later Street were awarded a free kick twenty five yards out when the officials thought that Norris had contacted a Street player as they both raced to reach a long through ball, Brendan seemed unlucky to get a Yellow card for this, the kick was taken by Ross Mierlain, his curling effort thundered against the crossbar. Only a couple of minutes later the referee was too quick with the cards after a coming together in the box he produced another Yellow and a Red for Fleet keeper Norris, with players complaining it was a while before the referee realised his assistant had been standing with his flag raised for an earlier offside, so Fleet kept eleven players on the pitch and restated the action with a clearing free kick. After half an hour Fleet had their first corner when after a shot was skewed narrowly past his own post from a defenders miskick. This corner being dealt with by Street setting up their next attack, this time it was Craig Herrod playing in Steve Murray, his effort was pushed away by Norris for another corner for the home side. From this corner the ball ran loose and Street’s Aiden Chainey collided with Danilo Cadete as they both closed in on the ball, Danilo needing several minutes of treatment before being able to resume. A couple of minutes before the break Ben Amghar was first to react to the ball pushed away in another Norris save and able to double Street’s advantage.

The second half saw Street force another corner from their first attack, the ball was played into the box and in the scramble that followed Fleet could not force the ball away and eventually it fell to Steve Murray who fired the ball up into the roof of the net for goal number three. Although Street continued to look dangerous, good defensive work from Joe Wilson and Billy Oram, blocking runs and being first to crosses, as the game went on, Fleet were more than matching their hosts in the middle of the field, but Street still looked more likely in front of goal. After an hour as Street played another ball into the box, Norris came out to punch the ball away through a group of players, but also made contact with Fleet captain, Stuart Derry, who last played for Fleet Town in 2007, another long stoppage followed as Physio’s from both sides treated Stuart, who was deemed fit to continue. Fleet kept pushing forward looking for something from the game and a shot from Callum Cleary forced Pinchard into making a save. The last few minutes saw Street waste several chances, with poorly directed passes around the box and the miss of the match at the end when Street’s sub Phil Ormrod skewed his shot wide with only Norris to beat and the goal at his mercy.

Despite the loss in what was always going to be a difficult game, there were positives to build on for Fleet, as the players start to mold into a team and other signings, not available today, to get into the action soon.

Fleet Town : 1 Brendan Norris, 2 Thomas Peel, 3 Joe Wilson, 4 Billy Oram, 5 Stuart Derry, 6 Kailan North, 7 Danilo Cadete, 8 Callum Cleary, 9 Ryan Davis, 10 Connor Channon, 11 Matt Deadfield.

subs : 12 Daniel Framp (on for Davis 55 mins), 14 Abdul Rajab (on for Deadfield 55 mins)

Next Game : Tuesday 21st August Home to Blackfield & Langley in the League.