Match Report -

Match Report - , by Ian Craig

Fleet Spurs v Pewsey Vale

Fleet Spurs 2 Pewsey Vale 2 (Sydenhams Wessex League Division 1) by John Porter

It was a delightful early spring day as Spurs welcomed Pewsey to Kennels Lane.  Unfortunately, the game didn’t match the weather, being mainly dull and dreary.  The only consolation for both teams was that they registered their first point of 2017, and in doing so broke a long run of defeats.

The game started with neither side retaining possession for any length of time, though Vale were just about the better – strictly less poor – side, then after 16 minutes, Pewsey were unable to clear the ball after a goalmouth scramble following a Dan Bone corner and the ball finished up in the net, the last touch being from Rob Colfer’s chest.  Five minutes later, the Fleet defence was wide open and Connor Marsden was able to beat Mark Appleby from ten yards out.  After that the only other action of note before half-time was when Adam Nash hit the underside of the bar with a fine left-foot (of course) shot from distance, but the ball disobligingly didn’t cross the line.  Apart from that a streaker or a stray dog or cat – preferably all three – would have made a welcome distraction.

Pewsey started the stronger side after the break, but their finishing let them down, and after quarter of an hour, Spurs made them pay as a left-wing cross from Nash found Sam Knowles beyond the far post.  Knowles headed across the goal and Dan Bone nodded home from close range.  The game now became all Fleet, who began to create chance after chance but to squander them all.  They too were to pay the price of profligacy when in the 40th minute Pewsey broke quickly. Michael Martin made a mazy run along the goal-line on the left before crossing for Tom Ritchie to hammer the ball home from close range. The visitors might even have returned home with all the points, but they too missed chances and were foiled when Victor Mudonhi cleared the ball off the line.  Overall, a draw was probably a fair result, and neither side can honestly say that they deserved to win.

Spurs remain in 16th place.  On Saturday they travel to Wiltshire to meet high-flying Laverstock and Ford, and will need to play much better to stand any chance of gaining any points.

Spurs team: Mark Appleby; Adam Bond; Sam Lynham (sub Jamil Olweny 63); Chris Barnes (capt); Victor Mudonhi; Rob Colfer; Pete Lines; Mike Bertoux (sub Tom Slane 67); Dan Bone (sub Chris Rose 76); Sam Knowles; Adam Nash