We’ve come a long way under the gaffer, says Grimes

Jamie Grimes picked up plenty of man of the match votes as he returned from injury and then overcame illness to help Fleet to a point at Eastleigh. And the 28-year-old defender echoed his manager’s thoughts when he said the disappointment of a draw away from home shows the progress made by the Fleet squad….

Watson deflated but hails Fleet’s progress

Like anyone of a red persuasion at the Silverlake Stadium this afternoon, Fleet boss Kevin Watson was disappointed to come away with only a point this afternoon after his side saw two penalties missed, confessing that he “was lost for words”. But the manager, having overseen just one defeat in the last eight games, said…

Eastleigh 1-1 Fleet

It was a tale of two penalties on the south coast as Fleet earned a draw at Eastleigh – but unfortunately both of them were missed by the visitors who could and should have picked up all three points. Two second-half spot-kicks went begging as first Josh Umerah and then Frankie Sutherland saw their efforts…

December dawns in Eastleigh

Eastleigh might prefer to focus on their FA Cup replay but instead they seem to have become a major player in the relegation fight this week. In what has become something of a three-way tournament this past seven days, Fleet leapfrogged Wrexham in the table only for the Welsh side to reverse the process with…

“Undone by the 1%” says scorer Reid

Like most people inside the Kuflink Stadium, striker Alex Reid felt the minority overruled the majority in refusing the Fleet a penalty – but the minority were the only ones who mattered in the end. “I think probably 99% of the stadium and on the pitch thought it was a penalty,” Reid told BBC Radio…

“I’m hurting for the players tonight”

What a difference a week makes. Last Saturday Garry Hill ordered his players to report for duty the next day and this week the Fleet boss felt for them as they were denied a first home win. “We’ve worked the goalkeeper and we’re still going for the winner at the end,” Hill told BBC Radio…

Fleet 1-1 Eastleigh

Still awaiting a home win and clean sheet, Fleet saw both come mighty close as they led through to the hour mark, at which point the game turned on the referee’s decision not to award the home side a penalty. Fleet were then pegged back by an equaliser and just couldn’t force a winner, though…

Fleet need to soar v Spitfires

The opportunity is there this weekend for the Fleet to make further upward movement in the Vanarama National League table if that elusive first home win can be claimed. With Chesterfield away at unbeaten Bromley plus Aldershot and Barrow set to take points from each other, the sides immediately above the Fleet could be dragged…

Jack Payne exits for Eastleigh

Jack Payne has departed the Fleet having today signed for fellow National League club Eastleigh. The 27-year-old midfielder signed from Blackpool in the summer of 2017 and has featured 61 times for the club, 36 of those games coming last season. Payne spent a small part of that campaign on loan at Eastleigh, who pipped…