Match Report -

Match Report - , by Ian Craig

Fleet Spurs v Christchurch

Fleet Spurs 0 Christchurch 1 (Sydenhams Wessex League Division 1) by John Porter

This was a poor game, which Christchurch just about deserved to win against a Spurs side that only had the bare eleven players – not good enough, particularly for a home game.

The first half was a bore draw, with both teams playing far too many aimless long balls.  The visitors looked slightly the better side but were unable to create many chances.  Indeed the nearest we came to a goal was on the brink of half-time when Dan Bone took the ball round visiting keeper Andrew Knights but left himself too tight an angle to score.

The second half was marginally better with Christchurch creating a number of good chances but squandering them with profligate finishing.  They twice came close but each time hit the crossbar and just as it looked as if the game was going to finish scoreless, Andrew Masson put in an excellent inswinging cross from the right, which sub Stevie Rattue, generously left unmarked by the Fleet defence, headed home powerfully at the far post.  Immediately afterwards, Spurs came the closer to scoring than they had in the whole of the game when Bone tried a long looping shot from distance, but Knights clawed the ball away at full stretch.

Spurs have now dropped to 16th place in the league.  Their next game is on Tuesday at Aldershot Military Stadium against the British Army in the Aldershot and District Senior Cup (kick-off 7.30 pm).  On Saturday, they return to league action when they entertain United Services Portsmouth at Kennels Lane (kick-off 3 pm).

Spurs team: Mark Appleby; Chris Rose; Sam Lynham; Chris Barnes; Victor Mudonhi; Jordan Stepney; Dan Bone; Michael Bertoux; Jamil Olweny (capt); Sam Knowles; Tom Slane