Arlesey Town 1 Fleet Town 0
A strong opening from Fleet led to winning a corner after two minutes, this found its way through to Mitch Parker, whose shot was blocked, this turned out to one of Fleet’s best chances of the whole game. The game settled into a mid-field battle with sides struggling on the end of season pitch to string the passes together to create many telling openings. A good probe from Williamson was able to play in Chalky, but Ben’s shot was an easy save for keeper Pedycz. After seventeen minutes Arlesey created their first chance when Tony Williams and Rafe Goodman combined before Fleet were able to clear their lines. After twenty-five minutes, Arlesey won their first corner, taken short, the ball was played across the box, for Kim Forsythe to stab home from close range, to put the hosts in front. A minute later, a poor goal kick from Pedrycz, only found Cadete, he crossed to Josh Francis, he shot but the ball flew wide of the target. Before half time Goodman had a chance for the hosts, but he did not control his shot which passed harmlessly high and wide of the goal. From the time of the goal, Arlesey did all they could to slow the game down and waste time, reminiscent of how Egham Town played when they went ahead against us.
For the second half Fleet brought on Ben Toye, for James Scott, in an attempt to take the game more to the hosts, early in the half Fleet did get the ball in the net, but to no avail, as the assistant had flagged for offside in an earlier phase of play, which the referee did not notice at the time. Terrier Toye was getting the better of his markers, but was fouled time and again before converting the build up into chances. Indecision from the referee, in one of his last games before retirement next month, as to when to blow for free kick or to play advantage did no favours to either side, playing on too many times when the sides wanted the free kick. Being urged on by their keeper Pedrycz standing twenty and thirty yards out of his goal, it was Arlesey that made a couple of chances, helped by some poor passes from a couple of Fleet players, the hosts were able carve out a couple of One on Ones, but the shots were all close to Pryce and Ryan made the saves. Toye took one heavy challenge too many and late on had to leave the field so Fleet had to play out the game with only ten players. In the end, on a day that Aylesbury and Histon also picked up three points at the bottom, the win was vital for Arlesey, who maintained their 100% win record in home games v Fleet Town, but this was the closest Fleet had come to taking something from a game at Arlesey.
Craig Davis now on 306 starting appearances brings him level with Ricky Jones, equal third in the all time appearance lists, with second place John Murphy in his sight on 310 starts.
Fleet Town : 1 Pryce, 2 Williamson, 3 Hutchings, 4 Parker, 5 J.Scott, 6 J.Harfield, 7 Cadete, 8 Craig Davis, 9 Ben White, 10 Z.Hawker, 11 J.Francis.
Subs : 12 Brett Stanley (on for Francis 63 mins), 14 Ben Toye (on for Scott 45 mins), 15 Archie Fawcett (on for Parker 81 mins)
Updated 17:19 - 19 Mar 2017 by Harry Cannon