Fleet friendly report

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Fleet friendly report

Postby Probably Shirts » Sat Oct 21, 2017 8:41 am

Fleet of Foot friendly, Hart Leisure Centre, 20th October.

The Many Shades went up to Hart, the other side of Farnham, to play a friendly as part of the celebration of the tenth anniversary of the Hawks FA Cup run. Along the way they beat Fleet Town, so we wanted to try that too.

We got off to a great start, with Stew Russell slotting home from a Bobby De Ste Croix pass within two minutes, but the first quarter ended 1-1 as Fleet were no pushover, having several very good players in their midst. The second quarter was a different matter, and their practiced use of the fences – literally the wall pass – paid off by creating space for them to pepper the goal, and they rushed into a 5-1 lead. The Many Shades are nothing if not resilient, and they gathered their breath so that goals from Rich Bishop and then Bobby De Ste Croix brought us back to a 3-5 deficit at half time.

The next quarter was a really tight affair, but Collin Hon scored a great individual goal to bring us right back into it at 4-5 by the break. So to the final quarter, and the big push was on. Throwing men forward, it looked like the Many Shades had pulled one back when Stew Russell smashed a thunderbolt shot past the keeper, only for it to crash into the base of the post and rebound way upfield to the feet of a Fleet footballer unmarked deep in our half. In the space of about 5 seconds we went from being about two inches away from an equaliser to 4-6 down. Somewhat deflated, but still pushing forward, we were undone by another breakaway right at the end, giving Fleet of Foot a slightly flattering winning margin of 7-4.

No-one came to tell us to leave the pitch, so we carried on playing ad hoc friendly kickabouts, the first giving us a 3-1 win, with James McIlwaine finally finding his shooting boots. We followed that up with a game-too-far dismal 7-1 hammering.

The Many Shades squad was Pete Dolamore (g), Barry Ingram, Stew Russell, John Morgan, Rich Bishop, Collin Hon, James McIlwaine, and Bobby De Ste Croix.
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