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REPORT: Fleet Town 0-0 Sheerwater

Updated: Oct 10, 2022

The Sheers gained a valuable point on the road at Fleet Town in a much improved performance after the disappointment of Tuesday evening.

There was a debutant in goal; 17 year-old Benjamin Gamage, who is dual-registered from Uxbridge FC, had a great game between the sticks, with a few crucial saves. Also starting were Justin Davis and Hugo Silveira and both players took their chance with fine individual displays. Missing for the afternoon was skipper, Danilo Cadete, who was involved in a car accident en-route to the game but thankfully he was unscathed and should be available for our next fixture on Tuesday against Jersey Bulls.

Gamage got an early taste of the action, with a smart save down to his left in the first couple of minutes.

The game flowed from end to end throughout and was watched by a healthy crowd. Davis saw a lot of the ball down the right and he worked some good positions and got crosses in. One such cross was perfect for Cameron Edwin but he just failed to connect with a diving header, however, it did fall to Will Shaw who controlled and got a shot away but it was deflected for a corner. From the corner Joey Gritt header over.

Gamage made a fine double save on 25 minutes, Rowan Sharratt saw his strike parried away and from the follow up, he saved with his legs.

The Sheers were pressing down the slope and Davis teed up Callum Coen for a strike which was deflected for a corner. The corner was gathered by Fleet goalkeeper, Neil Sanneh. Coen was the victim of a few nasty challenges on the day and he did well to last until the 77th minute. One late challenge on him saw Conteh cautioned.

HT: 0-0

Rodney Dos Santos showed silky skills early in the second period but his shot was skied over. Davis and Silveira were lively for the visitors and the game was finely balanced. Sam Green made a timely intervention as Fleet poured forward, attacking down the slope.

Goalkeeper Gamage made another fine save from a low effort but he injured himself in the process before receiving lengthy treatment. Thankfully, he was able to continue. Davis combined well down the right with Owen Sims (another debutant) and fired in a dangerous looking cross but Conteh cleared.

The Sheers were on top in the final ten minutes and Silveira had a chance with a 25-yard free kick. His initial effort came back off the wall and his follow up whistled just wide of the post. A flurry of substitutes broke the game up but Will Frank, returning from injury and has been missed; carved out two chances for himself, he cut in from the right and curled both strikes off target. He then met a cross from Shaw but his header drifted wide.

So to sum up, it was a big step in the right direction with everyone putting a shift in and we were especially strong at the back. Having said that, we now face Jersey Bulls and Badshot Lea in our next two matches in the space of a week, which will be two stern tests. If we show the togetherness of today and concentrate for 90 minutes plus, then we will see where it takes us.

FT: 0-0

SHEERWATER: Gamage, Barley (Sims 65'), Lofthouse-Smith, Cox, Green, Gritt, Davis (Frank 84'), Coen (Cleevely 77'), Edwin (Assis 73'), Silveira, Shaw.

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