1st League game of 17/18. Fleet Spurs away
Saturday 12th 3pm KO
Kennels Lane, Southwood, Farnborough, Hampshire GU14 0ST
Max Springall scored 2
Combined Counties Division One League fixture.
Fleet Spurs colours Dark Blue shirts (with red trim), Dark Blue shorts and Red socks.
RPV in Away Yellow shirts, Away Red Shorts and home Blue socks.
Admission prices £5 for adults and £3 for concessions.
RPV reporter DT was away on hols
Fleet Spurs 3 Raynes Park Vale 2 (Combined Counties Football League Division 1)
Below report kindly provided by John Porter the excellent Fleet Spurs reporter.
This match was a first for both teams. It was Spurs first-ever game in the Combined Counties league and their first meeting with Raynes Park; and Vale's first-ever game in Division 1, having been members of the league's top tier since the club's foundation in 1995. It was also the first Spurs game for no fewer than six of their squad - Tyler Hudson, Jake Keohane, Daniel Money, James Scott, Lee Simmons and Andrew Vaughan. It was a decent game, which Fleet just about deserved to win, though Vale may feel that they merited a point.
For the first few minutes Raynes Park were well on top, dominating play and creating chances and only resolute Spurs defence kept the score sheet blank. However, after quarter of an hour Spurs forced a corner in what was almost their first attack. The Vale defence couldn't clear the danger and Daniel Money marked his debut with a crisp low shot past visiting keeper Tony Davis' left hand and into the far corner. A minute later Money doubled his and Spurs' score with a similar shot when he found space after a good move. The Spurs fans could scarcely believe their eyes - three attacks and two goals. After the goals Fleet began to have more possession though Vale looked dangerous on the break and it took an excellent double save from home keeper Mark Appleby to keep them out. Seven minutes before half-time, a through ball down the middle found visiting striker Max Springall unmarked 25 yards from goal and he cleverly chipped over Appleby, who despite a valiant effort couldn't quite stop the ball entering the net. Half-time came with Spurs 2-1 ahead but with the game certainly not yet won.
After the break, play was fairly even, but in the 52nd minute Springall picked Dan Sleet's pocket just outside the Fleet penalty box, and although Appleby stopped his first attempt the striker was able to round the helpless keeper and equalise. Both teams now scented victory and only good defence at both ends and some good luck prevented any further score. Fleet had to defend desperately on a number of occasions while at the other end Elliott Blair had a shot against the post. However, 19 minutes from the end, Davis saved a left-foot (naturally) shot from Spurs' new skipper Tom Chillery and Sam Knowles was first to the loose ball and made no mistake from close range. Even as both teams tired, there might have been goals at either end but a Vale header from a corner hit the outside of the far post and Knowles might have sealed victory for Fleet but fired over the bar after Davis had saved his first effort.
It was a promising display by Spurs and they look much stronger than last season, particularly in midfield and defence, though it's probably tempting Providence to say so at such an early stage of the season.
Spurs have two local derbies in the next week. On Wednesday they visit Cove (kick-off 7.45) and on Saturday they're at Frimley Green.
Spurs team: Mark Appleby, Pete Lines, Jake Keohane, James Scott, Tyler Hudson, Dan Sleet, Lee Simmons (sub Andrew Vaughan 64), Tom Chillery (capt), Elliott Blair, Sam Knowles, Daniel Money