Points the priority for Poleon

Dominic Poleon is well on the way to his next goalscoring feat in a Fleet shirt but the striker is adamant he wants the points over the goals to ensure the Fleet head into 2024 climbing the table.

Poleon netted his 11th and 12th goals of the season to see him level with leaders Chesterfield’s Will Grigg, joint sixth in the Vanarama National League scoring charts.

What’s more, those goals leave him just one off his 70th club goal for the Fleet and five away from entering the all-time Top 10. But that’s not the focus for the top scorer who echoed his manager’s desire for nothing but the points.

“It’s tough at the moment,” said Poleon. “You’re half happy with a goal but right now in the position we are in, I want to win games and if I could take winning games over scoring goals then of course I would. We need to try and refocus in the next couple of days and put it right.

“So it’s bittersweet. You can only half-enjoy scoring because it’s the results that matter at the moment, so I’m just trying to do my job like everyone else is and help the team at the moment.”

Poleon’s first goal showed great predatory instinct as he timed his move towards Ben Chapman’s delivery perfectly with the opposition looking for offside, while his second was one of those majestic bursts of pace that have seen him climb ever higher in the Fleet’s scoring charts.

“For the first, I knew Chaps was going to put the ball there, so I just needed to time my run and I was in the right place at the right time. I’m a striker, I’m there to score and if you don’t score then you’ve got to make goals, but it’s a truly disappointing feeling to not have anything at the end of that game.” 

And Poleon doesn’t think the Fleet are far off adding a string of results after improved performances over the past weeks.

“Yeah, Boxing Day was disappointing to say the least,” he told BBC Radio Kent. “It’s the fine margins. I didn’t think we played badly, just a couple of mistakes that are costing us at the moment and that’s the luck we are getting.”

He added that his side’s second-half performance was much more what the team is about and what they’ll be going into the return fixture looking to produce more of.

“When you start slowly and things aren’t going your way, that performance is exactly what you hope for in the second-half. To come out and really impose our game on the opposition. But it wasn’t meant to be and we’ve got Bromley again in a couple of days, so hopefully we can put it right. If we can start that game how we started the second-half, then things will hopefully be in our favour but we’ve got to start right. We can’t keep killing ourselves and going behind to then try and climb a mountain.”

For those of you not travelling to Hayes Lane to watch the Fleet, the club is showing the livestream of the game back at the Kuflink Stadium bar. For information about how to book for that one and pre-order food, please see here.


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