Fleet Town hosted basement club Petersfield Town in this last home game of the season, on Easter Mnday. Fleet started fast, all guns blazing, looking for an early advantage. The first chance fell to Rob Carr within two minutes, he rose to the cross well, but saw his header fly wide. Shortly Rob was in the action again, a cross for him from Danilo, but this time Rob’s first touch let him down and the ball ran to safety, as far as the visitors were concerned. Both Simba and Chalky were through but unable to fire the ball anywhere near the target. Fleet’s misfortunes in front of goal were giving Petersfield more confidence to attack Fleet with Matt Andrews and Billy Connor having chances, but they also shot wide. Fleet’s pace of Danilo and Dan Williamson were causing the visitors problems, after seeing dangerous crosses from them early on, as the game progressed, early challenges were giving Fleet a string of free kicks, albeit not all in dangerous positions, but one almost produced the desired result, a deep swinging free kick from chalky went out past the far post before being laid back into the middle of the box where Mitch Parker was waiting, he rose to meet the ball but headed over. Another chance fell to the visitors after twenty five minutes, when they won a free kick, the ball in was met by Andrews who put the ball wide. Simba had a super chance when he collected the ball and advanced into the box, but by the time he shot was only 6 yards out and keeper Beattie had narrowed the angles to be in a position to save the shot. Another chance soon came, Rob Carr and Archie Fawcett combined to set up Chalky, Ben made good contact but the ball passed an inch the wrong side of the post.
Into the second half, it was more of the same, Fleet in control but still looking for the vital breakthrough. A long throw from Josh Francis reached Josh Harfield on the edge of the box, only to be denied this time by the woodwork, the ball bounced down from the bar and presented a follow up chance which Fleet pushed wide. Eventually the goal came, from a Fleet corner on 54 minutes, the ball was hit long to the far side of the box, played back into the middle, after a little scramble the ball run to Josh Harfield to hammer home. A similar corner routine twelve minutes later paid off again, this time it was Mitch Parker in the right place to score. Although not all one way traffic it was Fleet carving open the best chances, when Chalky found Craig Martin, our caretaker manager brought a fine save from Beattie. Parker had another chance but shot over the bar.
This may have been Craig Martin’s last game at Calthorpe Park, as he has decided not to look to continue with us next season, but take a year out of Football to spend more time at home with his baby Daughter, born during the season. Craig will still be in charge on Saturday at Aylesbury and for the Aldershot Senior Cup Final in May, but by then Fleet Town expect to have confirmed a new appointment for next season and beyond from the many applications that the club has had.
Updated 21:51 - 17 Apr 2017 by Harry Cannon
Fleet Town : 1 Pryce, 2 Williamson, 3 Hutchings, 4 Parker, 5 Francis, 6 Harfield, 7 Cadete, 8 Mlambo, 9 Fawcett, 10 Ben White, 11 Carr.
Subs 12 Craig Martin (on for Fawcett 67 mins), 14 Zach Hawker (on for Cadete 73 mins)
Not used 15 James Scott.