Meeting Combined Counties League side Fleet Town we advanced into the 2nd Qualifying Round of the Emirates FA Cup with a relatively comfortable 2-0 win. Before an excellent crowd of 339 we had an early scare when only a great save from Hugo Sopte when Fleet’s Mal Thomas was right through on goal stopped the home side from going ahead. However we were quickly into our stride and should have taken the lead when Dan Carr played Ogo through but the home keeper Lee Allen blocked Ogo’s shot with his feet. We then had a succession of corner and free kicks, mainly taken by Joel Jacobs and it was from one of these that we took the lead in the 14th minute, Calum Duffy heading the ball back across the goal from the far post and Dwayne Duncan headed home from close range. Ogo then hesitated on a couple of occasions with a clear shooting opportunity and his shots were charged down. We continued to be on the offensive but just could not extend our lead. Shortly before the interval, the Fleet skipper Billy Oram made an excellent run through midfield but his fierce shot flashed just wide of the far post and then early into the second half Hugo made another fine save, this time from Fleet skipper Sam Williams’s free kick. We at last got the ball into the Fleet net but Ogo was adjudged to be offside. In the sixty second minute we scored our vitally important second goal. An excellent ball by George Nicholas sent Dan Carr into space down te right and Dan’s low cross was turned into the net by Ogo on his return to the side after his three game ban following his sending off in our London Senior Cup Tie against Fisher Athletic at the tail end of last season.
Shortly after our goal we made our first substitution, Trevan Robinson coming on for Adam Aaaref. Ogo was then replaced by Tomasz Simienczuk. Tomasz almost made an immediate contribution to the game but his back header was turned over the crossbar by Lee Allen in the Fleet Town goal. Shortly after we made our third change when Harry Rush who had been left out of our starting line up replaced Jack Beadle. Much of the intensity of the game fell away in the final stages with ourselves content to sit on our lead and Fleet not really being an attacking threat despite them having made three substitutions of their own in the final stages.
• TEAM. Hugo Sobte, Dan Carr, Joel Jacobs, George Nicholas, Dwayne Duncan, Calum Duffy, Terlochlan Singh, Jack Hutchinson, Ogo Obi, Adam Laaref and Jack Beadle. Substitutes used: Trevan Robinson for Laaref (65), Tomasz Simienczuk for Ogo Obi (70) and Harry Rush for Beadle (76) Unused substitutes: Romario Jonas, Kai O’Brosnan, Hamil Bangura and Andy O’Brien