Fighting Fleet Town continued their charge towards an unlikely relegation escape with a second straight win to lift them off the bottom of the table for the first time this year.

Goals from Pat Cox and youngster Jack French handed the Blues a first home success since the opening week of the season and moved them to within seven points of safety.

“It was a fantastic win for our lads, against a very big, physical side,” said delighted player-boss Craig Davis. “I could not be more pleased.

“We started slowly, but were then able to dominate right to the final whistle. Two-nil was a thoroughly deserved result for the lads, but to be honest it should have been a much bigger margin by the end.

“It’s a measure of how far we have come by the manner in which we came out for the second half and totally bossed the game, denying Clevedon any chances to get back in the game. We just need to keep up this performance level over the next few weeks.”

A missed penalty from Clevedon captain Matt Thorne on 10 minutes – after Joe Gator had felled Isaac Reid – gave Fleet the impetus and 15 minutes later they went in front when Davis’ firm shot was parried by keeper Kane Mannings and Cox was on hand to turn home the rebound.

Davis’ side dominated throughout with Cox twice going close to a second before Aldershot Town academy star French showed him how it’s done on 69 minutes – again from a rebound – after Mannings had kept out Simba Mlambo’s effort.

Fleet’s game at North Leigh on Tuesday night was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch so their charge continues with a trip to Stratford Town on Saturday before Cinderford Town visit Calthorpe Park on Tuesday night.

Fleet: Pryce, Scott, Blaxall, B White, Gator, Rousell, Charlick (J White 83), Davis, Mlambo (C Stanley 88), Cox, French (Staines 90). Subs not used: Carter, B Stanley.