Fleet Town continued their pre-season preparations with a hard-fought 3-3 draw at Wessex League front-runners, Winchester City.
Craig Davis’ men went behind three times but struck back through goals from Callum Stanley, Rob Carr and Jack White in a high tempo game.
And this followed a rather contrasting goal-less run out at another high-spending Wessex League side, Blackfield & Langley, on Saturday, prompting player/boss Davis to be pleased with his squad’s progress.
“It was another positive night for us against a side packed full of excellent players who’d certainly be competitive in our division,” he said.
“But of course this is pre-season, it’s not about results, it’s about giving everyone in our squad at least 45 minutes on the pitch. This we did tonight, and I’m very pleased with the football we played.”
With James Scott rested and several other trialists away, Davis named 19 players for Tuesday’s game, with Lee Bowen given the chance to impress again at centre-back with Dan Rousell.
Also in the starting line-up was midfielder, Kevin Wynter, who last played with the Blues under former boss Steve Mellor.
With skipper Ben White, Simba Mlambo, Rob Carr, Jack White & keeper Ryan Pryce having already signed league papers, and others putting pen to paper this week, competition will be fierce for the remaining places in Davis’ squad.
Fleet face their toughest test to date on Saturday when they take on Conference South side Hayes & Yeading with a 3pm kick-off at Calthorpe Park. This is followed on Tuesday with the visit of newly-promoted Southern Premier side, Slough Town, to Fleet, with a 7.45pm kick-off.
“Saturday’s game will be an extremely tough test, but provides a fantastic opportunity for my lads to go out and show what they can do against that level of team,” Davis added. “Of course, It’ll also allow our home support to see how the squad is progressing.”
Fleet: Pryce, Brett Stanley, Harry Davies, Ben White, Rousell, Bowen, Craig Stanley, Byres, Callum Stanley, Wynter, Mlambo. Subs: Westbrook, Craig Davis, Carr, Carter, Jack White, Pickett, Alan Davis