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Five defeats in a row blow for Fleet Town

Fleet Town were hit twice on the counter-attack as Mangotsfield United ran out winners

Craig Davis

Fleet Town's almighty battle to start climbing the table in 2014 must start from the bottom after they succumbed to another defeat, this time at Mangotsfield United on Saturday (December 28).

It meant another league defeat for Craig Davis's side – their fifth in a row – and with only two points now from their last 11 games, they remain firmly rooted to the base of the Calor League S&W Division table.

Encouragingly, it was Fleet who played the majority of the attacking, passing football with lots of neat build-up play, but not for the first time this season they failed to penetrate a strong defensive line.

Both Mangotsfield’s goals came as a result of a fast counter-attacking move – the first just before the interval when Lewis Powell headed past keeper Ryan Pryce after a quick break down the left.

Up to this point, the impressive Pryce had kept the scores level with a string of excellent saves, bravely blocking shots from Mango dangerman Powell.

Earlier, Fleet could have taken the lead when Davis latched onto a loose ball from a corner, but his shot on the turn was just wide.

After the break Fleet fought strongly to get back on terms, Jordan Carter’s 20-yard effort on the hour forcing a good save from Mangotsfield keeper Kevin Sawyer.

Fleet kept up the pressure but succumbed to another long ball over the defence in the 74th minute and Ben Hunt beat Pryce to the ball from close range after the keeper had blocked his first effort.

With no New Year’s Day game, Fleet are next in action on Saturday (December 4) when Cinderford Town visit Calthorpe Park with a 3pm kick-off.


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