Fleet fire four past Ferreiras

Fleet’s end-of-tour friendly on the Algarve ended in a 4-2 victory as Daryl McMahon’s squad came from behind to bring another highly satisfactory week to a victorious conclusion. As against Billericay Town last week, all squad members got a runout through the match at various points and, importantly for the Fleet staff, all came through…

Fleet settle into summer camp

The Fleet squad have completed their first day at their Portuguese training base in the Algarve with four more weekdays of gruelling workouts ahead of them. Daryl McMahon explained that the setup was similar to previous years, which has enabled his side to hit the ground running from the first whistle of the new season….

Shrewsbury Town 2-0 Fleet

Fleet got back into the swing of 90 minutes with an excellent workout against League One opposition Shrewsbury Town. Taking place at the 7,500-capacity Vila Real Santo Antonio Stadium with an 11.30am kick-off, both sides produced a surprisingly competitive game for an opening friendly and in such balmy conditions. Fielding two different teams either side…

Fleet wrap up their warm weather workout

The last training session took place this morning, Peter Danzey reports from Portugal, with all eyes now on tomorrow’s friendly against Shrewsbury Town. After a gentle morning warm-up, the emphasis for the rest of the day was on ball work as opposed to a fitness schedule. After two separate sessions of five/six-a-side in different parts…

Fleet soldier on… despite Sporting Lisbon!

Fleet are gearing up for Saturday’s friendly v Shrewsbury Town in Portugal with a further set of gruelling training sessions at the club’s pre-season base. Peter Danzey reports that another intense training workout concluded on Thursday and the players worked extremely hard beneath a cloudless sky. That said, a few of the Fleet personnel couldn’t…

The science behind the sessions

Tuesday morning’s video clip showed how much the food at the Ria Park Hotel, Vale de Lobo means to not only Nathan Ashmore and Anthony Cook, but to all the players. This is not just because it’s available at the hotel, but because each Fleet player is burning between 600-700 calories per training session. Kelly…

“The new boys have blended in” says Cook

We caught up with Nathan Ashmore and Anthony Cook during a break in training to get their feedback about pre-season and the sessions out in Portugal. Both players said it had been “hard and tough” so far (though were surprisingly much more enthusiastic about the food!) with Cook adding, “But that’s what’s expected in pre-season.”…

Fleet players in condition on day one

Fleet players shrugged off yesterday’s long day of travel as they were put through their paces in a series of training and gym sessions today. Macca’s training sessions on a Tuesday during the season are known affectionately as “Terror Tuesdays” and the Fleet management team turned this one into “Mad Monday” on the first proper…

Fleet touch down in Faro

The Fleet squad have arrived in Portugal today (Sunday) ahead of a week’s training and bonding session. An early start from Gatwick Airport saw the bolstered 2017/18 Fleet squad board the 08:20 Monarch airline flight to Faro en route to the training base (pictured below) at Ria Park Hotel, near Vale De Lobo, Portugal. Late…

SC Olhanense 4-1 Fleet

Ebbsfleet United’s 2016/17 squad had an excellent first workout across 90 minutes against Portugal’s LigaPro (Second Division) contenders SC Olhanense. In high temperatures at the 2,000-capacity Estádio da Nora in Ferreiras, Albufeira, Fleet fielded a strong starting lineup against a top-quality side who had begun their own pre-season programme two weeks ago. Trialist Evan Lopes was…