Glorious May 7th!

There may be a good few years between successes but over the past 25 years or so, May 7th has provided three memorable games for Fleet fans at the business end of the season. Back in 1994 Fleet clinched the first league title for 19 years in front of 1,774 fans by beating Bury Town…

“Not again!” says Ken

Ebbsfleet United’s player of the year Kenny Clark is determined to put last season’s disappointment behind him as he turns his attention to Saturday’s final against his former club, Chelmsford City. Alongside Anthony Cook, Yado Mambo and Sean Shields, Clark is one of four former Clarets lining up on the opposite side – while Jack Powell…

Winfield’s will to win helps Fleet over the line

Dave Winfield received yesterday’s man of the match award after shutting out Hampton & Richmond Borough and praised the confidence in the changing room for seeing Fleet through. The stand-in skipper, who arrived at Stonebridge Road last summer, had no experience of last season’s promotion final defeat and he believes it’s not an issue for the…

Macca expects “blood and thunder” final

Daryl McMahon cut a relaxed figure at Stonebridge Road after guiding his side into their third promotion final in four years but he accepted that next Saturday’s game is hardly likely to be described in terms of relaxation. “[Chelmsford] have got two big strikers, three big midfield players, three big centre halfs, they’re a big side,” McMahon told…

Fleet 2-1 Hampton & RB (agg: 4-2)

Fleet won a play-off semi-final second leg for the first time since the same result in 2011 en route to promotion – and the opponents then, Chelmsford City, will provide the challengers at Stonebridge Road next Saturday in the 2016/17 promotion final. A first-half goal this afternoon looked to have booked Fleet’s place in the…

It’s do or die for a place in the final

It will have been 364 days since Fleet last took a 2-1 lead into a second-leg semi-final when the whistle blows on Sunday’s home clash against Hampton & Richmond Borough and anyone with memories of how that drama played out will be hoping for a much more routine affair this time. But Alan’s Dowson’s Hampton will…

Macca praises willingness to fight

Daryl McMahon believed that Dean Rance typified his entire side’s work ethic throughout the whole season, following the Fleet’s 2-1 win at The Beveree. “We’ve scrapped hard all season,” McMahon told BBC Radio Kent’s Matt Cole. “Sometimes you have a bit of misfortune, bad luck or miss an opportunity but for the majority of the season…

“Fans deserve something to cheer about” says goalscorer Rance

Fleet goalscorer Dean Rance praised last night’s travelling support and says he is determined to give the Fleet fans something to sing about on Sunday in the return leg. “The supporters were excellent, they always have been,” he told BBC Radio Kent’s Matt Cole. “They’ve just got to get behind us again. It felt like a…

Hampton & RB 1-2 Fleet

The Fleet maintained their 100% first-leg record with their fourth win at this stage of the play-offs, a hard-fought advantage to go into Sunday’s decider. Two first-half goals kept the home side at bay, despite the Fleet gifting Hampton a way back into the game on the stroke of half-time – but any advantage from…

Fleet regroup for the big push

For four months, Fleet have been playing catch-up as they sought to rein in leaders Maidenhead United. For the next two, hopefully three matches, it’s simply about maintaining the achievements of those four months. In short, if Fleet can prolong their unbeaten record of 2017 then the success that Daryl McMahon knows his squad craves…