Late winner sees Boars fight back to claim all 3 points
Saturday afternoon saw a 9-goal thriller and emphatic second half comeback from Eversley & California, who clinched a 5-4 win in an away visit to Fleet Spurs.
Match Report by Ben Thomas
The game began catastrophically for the Boars, conceding inside the opening ten minutes despite a promising attacking start. Fleet defender Daniell, whipped a searching cross from the right towards the back post, which was nodded in by a well-positioned Swain, to put the hosts 1-0 up. The Spurs then doubled their lead in the 14th minute, when Greenwood picked up the ball deep in the Boars’ half, drove down the left flank and squared to unmarked Dallaway, who was able to finish from close.
Despite going two goals down in quick succession, the Boars didn’t let lose their cool and were able to hit back six minutes later. Davies cleverly opened up the home side’s defence, slipping a neat ball through to Sapsed, who ran through one on one and drilled his shot past the keeper and into the back of the net, allowing Eversley a foot back in the game.
In the remainder of the half, a majority of play was in the centre of the park, with neither team able to retain possession. Fleet dominated in an attacking sense but failed to create any clear-cut opportunities, meaning the match remained 2-1 when the referee blew for half time.
The second half played out with a similar trend to the first, a goal frenzy in the opening exchanges shaped the remainder of the game. One minute in and the Boars were caught sleeping. O’Reilly paced down the left wing, playing it to Greenwood who struck the oncoming ball first time across the keeper and into the bottom corner, making it 3-1. At the opposite end, Davies was brought down in the box five minutes later - gaining his team a penalty which he then stepped up for and sent the keeper the wrong way, swiftly reducing the deficit once again. Greenwood then grabbed his second and restored Fleet Spurs’ two goal lead in the 55th minute, showing great composure to cut in with a fake shot, and finish on his weaker foot at the near post, making the game 4-2. Just four minutes later saw the games seventh goal, as Boars centre back Whyte headed down to striker Brown who rattled the bar from close, the rebound well anticipated by Akem-Che who headed home on the goal line.
After this it was sustained attacking pressure from the Boars, forcing Fleet Spurs further and further into their own half, who could only breach the halfway line with a handful of counter attacks which didn’t seem to trouble the Eversley defence. The Boars grabbed an equaliser in the 66th minute, after a corner wasn’t dealt with properly by Fleet’s defence - the ball put back into the mix by Sapsed and Brown rose highest to nod in from close range, making the contest 4-4.
It was 9 minutes from time that saw the Boars clinch a winner, substitute Powell with only his second touch, winning an aerial challenge with the opposition goalkeeper and bundling the ball over the line to see Eversley go a goal up for the first time in the game. At 5-4, the Boars reduced Fleet to having very little chances and possession and saw out the final minutes to gain the victory.
The game was an overall entertaining one, with plenty of attacking flair from each side but both teams lacked defensive stability, hence the abundance of goals. Fleet Spurs showed glimpses of good football but credit to the Boars who showed great character and determination to stay in the game and then go on to become victors. Eversley and California will face Godalming Town FC as their next opponent in league action on Tuesday evening and will hope to build on this fighting performance.