Bombs rain down at Calthorpe Park
By Chris Pinn
The Red Army leave Hampshire with nothing to show for their efforts.
Pantomime season came early at Calthorpe Park with shouts of 'Higher Higher' and ' He's behind you' ringing out during the first half.
Wayne Carter won the toss deciding to kick up the hill, Fleet Town then started by launching bombs into the Red Armies half, from the kick off two attackers were positioned out wide, they sprinted down the left wing and the resultant cross was hurridly cleared by Mark Dennison, this was a tactic Fleet used to their advantage throughout the first 45 minutes with long balls from all areas eluding their midfield whilst putting our back four under extreme pressure.
Our first attack was good interplay between a returning Matt Woods and Reece Grant who skipped into the penalty area but was shepherded out of play by the defence, from the resultant corner the ball was collected by the goalkeeper despatched over halfway to an attacker, his scuffed shot bobbled over Paul McCarthy for the first goal of the day. On a leg sapping pitch and with the slope to contend with meaningful chances were few and far between, the Reds started to pass the ball around when on 14 minutes the ball was swung in by Matt Woods with it just missing the far post. On 41 minutes Dave Thomas swung a cultured left foot cross into Reece Grant who swivelled hitting a volley toward goal, the Fleet goalkeeper acrobatically tipped the ball over the bar which brought load applause from the crowd. Fleet then upped the pace near the end of the first half, 2 minutes into added time Fleet drove into the penalty area with their attacker seeing his shot strike the inside of one post, travel across the goal line, struck the other post we then all held our breath as Paul McCarthy finally dived on the ball.
At half time Tony Choules made his first change of the match, taking off Jon-Jo Bates bringing on Anthony O'Connor, we then had the benefit of the slope in the second half.
The Red Army then got back to the way we had been playing in the past few matches, short passes at high tempo. Dave Thomas had numerous chances swinging the ball into the danger area with his cultured left foot, Mitchell Wiseman and Mark Dennison had chances which just went either too wide or just over the bar. On 71 minutes Tony Choules made his second change taking off Kevin Warner who had run himself into the ground bringing on Luke Heneghan, his first action was to join forces with Anthony O'Connor and Wayne Carter whose cross just slipped off the head of Reece Grant. On 81 minutes the Uxbridge crowd and players screamed for a free kick as Anthony O'Connor was unceremoniously dumped on the floor, the referee just ran away being chased by Wayne Carter emploring him for a reason why he had not given a free kick.
With the game moving into added time and with The Reds continuing to push for the equaliser it looked more likely Fleet Town would score on the break, this came true 2 minutes into added time.
Final Score 2-0