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Davis draws more conclusions after latest stalemate

A last-minute goal denied Fleet a well-earned victory against Conference South opposition on Saturday, but player/boss Craig Davis is content after a fourth straight draw

All together now! Craig Davis' Fleet Town have enjoyed a solid pre-season so far

A late goal denied Fleet Town a morale-boosting win over Hayes & Yeading on Saturday – but there was still plenty of positives for player-boss Craig Davis to draw from a fourth straight stalemate.

A first-half strike by frontman Jack White put the Blues ahead only for the side, reprieved to stay in Conference South this season, to equalise in the very last minute.

Davis’ men then followed up this with another share of the spoils on Tuesday night when they hit back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 at Hellenic Premier side Bracknell Town courtesy of goals from skipper Ben White and striker Callum Stanley.

“Results are not the important thing at this stage, it’s about giving everyone in our squad at least 45 minutes on the pitch,” a satisfied Davis said. “This we have done in all of our pre-season games. It’s also of course about the quality of football we produce.

“In Saturday’s game we looked sharp, well drilled and played some great stuff against very good opposition. And again tonight against Bracknell we came from behind, as we did against Winchester, and that is testament to our high fitness levels. All in all I’ve very satisfied with our progress.”

With the new league season just two weeks away, competition for places remains high within Davis’ 21-man squad.

Over the past week a further nine players have signed league papers with the club, including utility player James Scott, wingback Harry Davies and centre-back Lee Bowen, who has continued to impress at the heart of the Fleet back-line.

The Fleet squad face another tough test on Saturday, when they host newly-promoted Southern League Central side Hanwell Town (ko 3pm) followed by the visit of Conference South Basingstoke Town on Tuesday night (ko 7.45pm).

FLEET (from): Pryce, Scott, Davies, B White, Rousell, Bowen, Wynter, Davis, Mlambo, Carr, J White,  Byres, Blaxall, Westbrook, Craig Stanley, Carter, Lancaster, Callum Stanley, Pickett, B Stanley, Taylor.

2014-15 fixtures:

AUGUST

  • Sat 9 Evesham Utd (H)
  • Tues 12 Bashley (H)
  • Sat 16 Mangotsfield (a)
  • Tues 19 Taunton Town (a)
  • Sat 23 North Leigh (H)
  • Mon 25 Didcot Town (a)

SEPTEMBER

  • Sat 6 Swindon S’marine (H)
  • Weds 10 Sholing (a)
  • Sat 20 Wantage Town (a)
  • Sat 27 Bishop’s Cleeve (H)

OCTOBER

  • Sat 4 Bridgwater Town (a)
  • Tues 7 Tiverton Town (H)
  • Sat 11 Larkhall Athletic (H)
  • Sat 18 Swindon S’marine FAT (a)
  • Sat 25 Clevedon Town (a)
  • Tues 28 Wimborne Town (a)

NOVEMBER

  • Sat 8 Stratford Town (H)
  • Sat 15 Merthyr Town (H)
  • Sat 22 Yate Town (a)
  • Sat 29 Cinderford Town (a)

DECEMBER

  • Sat 6 Shortwood Utd (H)
  • Sat 13 North Leigh (a)
  • Sat 20 Sholing (H)
  • Fri 26 Didcot Town (H)

JANUARY 2015

  • Thurs 1 AFC Totton (a)
  • Sat 3 Taunton Town (H)
  • Sat 10 Bishop’s Cleeve (a)
  • Sat 17 Wantage Town (H)
  • Sat 24 Merthyr Town (a)

FEBRUARY

  • Sat 7 Shortwood Utd (a)
  • Sat 14 Tiverton Town (a)
  • Sat 21 Clevedon Town (H)
  • Sat 28 Bridgwater Town (H)

MARCH

  • Sat 7 Evesham Utd (a)
  • Sat 14 Cinderford Town (H)
  • Sat 21 Larkhall Athletic (a)
  • Sat 28 Swindon S’marine (a)

APRIL

  • Sat 4 Wimborne Town (H)
  • Mon 6 AFC Totton (H)
  • Sat 11 Stratford Town (a)
  • Sat 18 Bashley (a)
  • Sat 25 Mangotsfield Town (H)
 
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