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Fleet too good for Soham
9:51am Wednesday 30th October 2013 in Sport
NON LEAGUE: FLEET showed their class when they beat Soham Town 2-0 at Ship Lane on Saturday.
David Knight and Charlie Stimson grabbed the goals to give the Fleet a well deserved victory. It was a bright start made by Thurrock with Knight and Stimson linking up well. After further good work, Stimson was given his chance to grab the lead in the eighth minute, but his shot went wide.
Soham Town proved strong on the counter and Buster Harradine was unlucky when he spun in the box only for his shot to be palmed over by a reflex save by Andy Walker.
Thurrock’s danger men were ready to pounce and Stimson started a mazy run up the field just a few minutes later. But his shot was parried into the path of Luke Stanley. The winger took the ball towards the penalty spot but his effort was blocked on the line. Fleet boss Mark Stimson’s side pressed but the goal would not come.
Another opportunity came and went whenWarner made a great run down the wing but his teasing ball across the goalmouth went wide. Thurock’s goal eventually came in the 35th minute thanks to some good work from Warner.
It looked like the keeper was going to collect the ball from the Warner’s poor touch, but the midfielder took it and gave David Knight an easy tap in.
Soham nearly went level minutes later when Fleet forgot to clear a lofted ball.
However, the shot from Connor Wood kept rising and went over.
The rain continued into the second-half making conditions very tricky.
Thurrock looked the hungrier side in the second half when and nearkly grabbed a goal from afree kick.
The ball was swung in and the visiting keeper was lucky to spare his blushes after spilling the ball.
That marked the end of Leigh Forren’s afternoon in the Soham goal as he went off with a nasty shoulder injury.
The game became end to end after that with both sides having very good chances.
But Soham were putting them straight at the keeper whereas Thurrock seemed to be targetting the advertising boards.
The game began to lose its creativity and quietened down.
Chances were hard to come by for both teams, but it looked as if Fleet were closing the game out, until the period of injury time came.
With five minutes of time added on Fleet fans held their breath.
But in the end their team made mincemeat of the opposition in a late flurry of attacks.
And they made sure of victory when they grabbed their second goal of the game in the 94th minute.
The goal came from a relatively simple tap in from Stimson who again showed his worth to the team. Thurrock: Walker, Clark, Onyemah, King, Gilman, I’Anson, Stanley, Clark, Knight, Stimson, Warner.
Soham Town: Follen, Gent, Lindsay, Browmich, Wilderspin, Davis, McCabe, Walter, Harradine, Sawyer, Wood.