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…

Hampton & Richmond B. 1-1 Fleet

Bradley Bubb’s 11th league goal of the season kept Fleet in the hunt and the title in our own hands as his 90th minute strike earned the visitors a point against 10-man Hampton & Richmond Borough. Fleet’s chance appeared to have gone when Danny Kedwell saw his penalty well saved by goalkeeper Sam Howes but…

Can Fleet breach the Beavers’ dam?

After a week of records and milestones tumbling, Fleet will probably settle for something much more mundane this Saturday as long as it includes three points. Opponents Hampton & Richmond Borough were the last club to take points off the Fleet at Stonebridge Road back in November and then they produced a display full of attacking…

Bubb dispirited despite another goal

Bradley Bubb scored his second league goal in succession but branded the evening a massive disappointment following Hampton & Richmond Borough’s late equaliser. “It’s not a really great performance,” Bubb said. “We were there to get the three points but a last-minute equaliser’s killed us and we’ve just got to take the point. We had…

Boss pulls no punches in Hampton post-mortem

Daryl McMahon made no excuses for his side’s second-half performance on Tuesday night, ranking it amongst the poorest since his appointment to the Fleet hotseat. “Hampton deserved it,” McMahon told Charles Webster. “Second-half we were really, really poor. I’ve said in there to the lads it’s probably the worst 45 minutes since I’ve been manager….

Fleet 1-1 Hampton & Richmond Borough

Fleet were undone at the death once again as a rampant second-half performance from the visitors eventually yielded the point that was the least their pressure deserved. Fleet led from the fourth minute and were worth their half-time advantage but with Hampton’s unbeaten away record threatened, the Beavers laid siege to the home side’s penalty area in…