Match Report - Division 1
Match Report - , by Ian Craig
Fleet Spurs v Romsey Town
Fleet Spurs 0 Romsey Town 1 (Sydenhams Wessex League Division 1) by John Porter
Earlier in the season frozen pitches and waterlogged pitches had caused this fixture to be postponed several times but at last conditions were good and the game could go ahead. It was a hard-fought but sporting encounter and although Romsey had most of the play and created the better chances, Spurs battled right to the end, and there was no questioning their spirit throughout.
Town took the initiative right from the start and took the lead after only 13 minutes. A left-wing cross was flicked on to the unmarked Indi Elezi, who beat Mark Appleby with a precise shot into the far bottom corner. Romsey continued to have more possession but lacked sharpness in front of goal and didn’t trouble Appleby to any great degree. A score of 1-0 to the visitors at half-time was no more than they deserved.
After the break, Spurs began to come into the game more, closing Romsey players down much better, but created few chances and gave their ex-keeper Jordan Westbrook a fairly quiet game, though he made a couple of aerial interceptions. Fleet’s best chance came when player-manager Sam Knowles, who had started on the bench, headed a right-wing cross over the bar from close range. At the other end, Town were creating chances, but Appleby was equal to all of their efforts, being forced to make some excellent saves. The game remained tense until the end with Spurs still hoping for – and Romsey still fearing – a late equaliser. However it was not to be, and the final score remained 0-1. The fact that this was such a low-scoring game – unusual this season for Spurs’ matches – was to a large degree the result of Fleet’s determined and largely mistake-free defending.
Spurs remain 16th in the table, where they look destined to finish the season. On Saturday, they entertain Totton & Eling at Kennels Lane (kick-off 3.00). They will hope that those players who finished the match carrying knocks will have recovered in time.
Spurs team: Mark Appleby; Adam Bond; Adam Nash; Chris Barnes; Victor Mudonhi; Mike Flounders; Dan Bone; Mike Bertoux; Jamil Olweny(capt) (sub Jan Verhoeven 90); Pete Lines; Chris Rose (sub Sam Knowles 20)