Match Report - Division 1
Match Report - , by Ian Craig
Fleet Spurs v Totton & Eling
Fleet Spurs 2 Totton & Eling 2 (Sydenhams Wessex League Division 1) by John Porter
This was a strange game – the proverbial game of two halves. The first half was awful, though Totton were the better – or more correctly less poor – side. The second half was much better, with both sides attacking at every opportunity with every attack looking likely to result in a goal. Overall the result was fair, though neither side will probably agree, as players always remember the times they might have scored and forget the occasions when the opposition had golden opportunities.
The game started erratically, with the Millers’ Jo Tessem the only player who could find his team-mates with any regularity. There were very few chances, though Victor Mudonhi cleared off the line for Fleet and Mark Appleby had to make a brilliant save from a close-range shot on the turn by Tessem. A half-time scoreline of 0-0 summed up the game perfectly.
I’m not sure what the teams had in their tea or orange juice at half-time, but within a couple of minutes the unmarked Josh Clark received the ball on the edge of the box and hammered the ball past the helpless Appleby into the far top corner. Ten minutes into the half, sub Dan Bone challenged Totton keeper Ollie Adams to a high Adam Nash free-kick. When the ball broke loose Bone produced a powerful low shot, which Adams did well to parry, but the ball ran to Pete Lines, who slotted the ball low into the far corner for the equaliser. On the hour mark, Clark was again left in space on the right of the box and placed the ball neatly just inside the far post to restore the Millers’ lead. This didn’t last long, as two minutes later Bone collected the ball outside the area and hit a good shot over Adams and inside the far post. That completed the scoring, but not the excitement as both teams had opportunities and came close to getting a winner, Appleby in particular being forced into a number of fine saves.
Spurs remain in their customary 16th place in the table. On Saturday, they cross the Solent to meet East Cowes Victoria (kick-off 3.00).
Spurs team: Mark Appleby; Rob Colfer; Martin Harris; Chris Barnes (capt); Victor Mudonhi; Ryan Alexander; Pete Lines; Mike Bertoux; Ed Morris; Zac Chillery (sub Dan Bone 45); Adam Nash