From Under 14s Panthers

Panthers’ pressure produces final glory!

The NEHYL came up trumps again yesterday and set the scene very well for a day to remember for both teams that made the Final. All the Fleet Town Colts Panthers’ boys were ready and up for the occasion from the minute they arrived at the ground. The talk in the changing room before the game was about giving 100% effort from the first second and not giving the opposition the chance to affect the positive memories that the boys wanted to create. As with most finals the first half was very tight. Although we dominated the half, their physicality was impressive. It was keeping us out and preventing us from turning our pressure in to goals. At half time the boys were told that they had done everything right bar score and that on a very large pitch our athleticism would eventually tell over their size. Sure enough we started the half well and soon our pressure caused a crack in their defence. Our pace up front was enough to nip it round the keeper and in to the goal. Some excellent football from the Panthers caused more difficulties for the opposition and their challenges were becoming more desperate as they tried to keep in the game. A foul at around 25 yards brought the second, a wonderful strike from the resultant free kick. Our final goal, also started from a set piece, saw our on rushing player at the back post smash it in to the net with aplomb! A wonderful day and happy memories for all the Fleet Town Colts Panthers’ Players, Coaches, Parents and Supporters.

Fleet Town Colts Panthers 3 – 0 Farnborough Youth Hunters

Scorer(s) James Beauchamp, Max Howard, Ethan Yewings

Man of the Match: The whole team!

From Under 16s Colts

Fleet Town Colts U15s 2 v 2 Elmgrove

First league game of the season and it was the old classic game of two halves. Both sides failed to settle early on as panic passing settled in on this bobbly pitch. In the first 15 mins Fleet could have been a a few goals up if not for the opposing keeper. Fleet soon had to deal with the handicap of no substitutes as both Ben R & Ben N had to pull out of the game through injury. But Fleet had a great chance to take the lead as Dan E took the ball superbly on his toe, rounded the defender and found himself with just the keeper to beat, but he blasted wide from close range. Dan E then mastered a counter attack and fed Lewis on a plate, his cracking shot was tipped round the post. For a while it was one way traffic but Fleet could easily have gone behind against the run of play as a cheeky lob just drifted wide of Alex’s post. Again, Dan E chested the ball down well to unleash a left footed strike that had goal written all over it but somehow the keeper pushed it onto the post and out of play. Another Fleet attack found Lewis baring down on goal but a push in the back was rewarded with a penalty, Dan E stepped up to smash the ball home top right for a 1-0 lead. The Elmgrove keeper continued to have a blinder as Alfie laid the ball back to Olly, his top left hand corner shot was superbly saved again. Dan E was having the lions share of chances and having beat the defender again, again he put his shot the wrong side of the post. But Dan E soon made amends as half time loomed, weaving across the edge of the box he let fly and found the bottom left corner to double his tally and double Fleet’s lead.

Half Time 2 v 0

And so ensued a painful second half, patchy and clumsy play from both sides especially Fleet who seemed to tire without the luxury of subs. Very few chances created by either side and Fleet looked content to sit back on their lead. But the clumsiness continued as Fleet’s defence failed to clear an easy ball and somehow the ball ended up in the back of the net for a calamitous 2 v 1. More and more midfield and defensive errors gave Elmgrove a sniff at an equalizer, Jamie having to clear off the line as Fleet were quite simply on the rack. Alex in goal, was now becoming our busiest player as Elmgrove stepped up a gear. Then a desperate, rash challenge in the box gifted Elmgrove a worthy penalty. Although Alex appeared to get a touch, the ball went underneath him for 2 v 2.
The minutes to full time counted down slowly as Fleet begun to hang on to the share of the points. Seconds to go and it was a ‘hearts in our mouths’ moment as a well struck free kick looked in, but Alex plucked the ball from danger at full stretch.

Full Time 2 v 2