Resurfacing some 40-year-old footage

Somewhat grainy and perhaps not too easy on the eye in this video-on-demand generation, but these match highlights from four decades ago are one of the earliest surviving film records of Stonebridge Road. Not quite as old as this brief footage from a 1957 match between the Fleet and Kettering Town (3-2 to the Fleet…

Numb Watson says that will never happen again

A clearly angry Kevin Watson pulled no punches after Fleet’s 7-0 defeat at Barrow, thanking the travelling supporters and believing they should be recompensed in some way while at the same time accusing his side of an unacceptable downing of tools. “As you can imagine it’s not a case of ‘well played and well done,…

Barrow 7-0 Fleet

The Fleet suffered their heaviest defeat for more than 27 years when Witney Town put seven past Gary Aldous’ side without reply in December 1992, writes Mark Halliday. Defeat here at Barrow might have been mitigated by an early sending-off for Jack King at the home of the league leaders, but as Kevin Watson stated…

Fleet face January Bluebirds

The year may be new but the challenges don’t come any easier as Fleet’s first away trip of 2020 is their longest – and arguably toughest. Leaders Barrow await having lost just one league match in their last 18. Ian Evatt’s side may be the surprise package of the season but they’re taking top spot…

It’s up to us to perform, says Grimes

Back in the starting lineup for the home defeat to Barrow, defender Jamie Grimes shared the frustrations of Fleet fans and his fellow players as his side crashed to a seventh defeat of the season. The 28-year-old summer signing from Macclesfield Town says his teammates are desperate to carve out three points on home soil…

“The league table doesn’t lie, we’re in a battle”

Garry Hill has given his side time to respond to a poor August and get points on the board but Fleet’s first defeat of September had the manager admitting that the league table’s home truths are pretty much where his side are right now. “I feel for the supporters and I feel for the owner…

Fleet 0-3 Barrow

“You can’t paint over cracks and make excuses,” said Garry Hill following Fleet’s capitulation at home to a Barrow side whose goals at the beginning of each half set them on the way to a convincing victory. Ebbsfleet’s away performances have been improving but, as against Aldershot, this return to home soil saw all confidence…

Fleet look to raise the bar v Barrow

Two home games in four days provides the Fleet with a further opportunity to nail down that elusive first win at the Kuflink Stadium – but fast-improving Barrow and Barnet stand in the way. Barrow are first up, off the back of a 3-0 win over Solihull Moors and a victory at Aldershot the week…

Fleet boss thanks tremendous support

They might not have seen any goals in the 600-mile round trip from north Kent but Garry Hill hoped the travelling contingent returned from Barrow appreciative of their threadbare squad’s efforts. “The travelling supporters who have got up very early this morning and made a long journey… tremendous, tremendous support,” Hill told BBC Radio Kent’s…

PREVIEW: Barrow

It’s Fleet’s longest away trip of the season this weekend and Garry Hill faces the uphill task of scoring points with a small squad still beset by suspension to Bagasan Graham and injury to Dave Winfield. The Fleet dominated for long periods of Tuesday night’s clash at home to Hartlepool United but ultimately didn’t create…