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Pitch regeneration gets under way

Pitch regeneration gets under way

Work on the Kuflink Stadium’s pitch has got under way within the first week of the close season. The club has started early on pitch regeneration well ahead of the 2019/20 season, with the initial work commencing today and continuing all week. Fleet’s managing director Dave Archer said, “We wanted to start work on the playing surface as early as…

Fleet 1-1 Reading

Fleet 1-1 Reading

The Fleet go into next week’s league opener against Chesterfield with their unbeaten pre-season record intact and were unfortunate not to chalk up another win as Reading’s bright U23s grabbed a late equaliser. Daryl McMahon opted for a back three of Magri, King and Bush and his side had sight of goal as early as three minutes when goalkeeper Luke…

Fleet 2-0 Gillingham

Fleet 2-0 Gillingham

Fleet reserved their best performance of pre-season for their toughest test yet as a Gillingham side with four new signings and seven who made League One appearances last season succumbed to a goal in either half. And the afternoon was made all the more memorable for Ebou Adams’ stunning overhead kick for the second goal, which many watching inside the…

This is a very strong group says Fleet boss

This is a very strong group says Fleet boss

Daryl McMahon is more than happy with the way his squad is shaping up ahead of the 2018/19 campaign and while Fleet’s summer business has been lighter than some clubs, the manager insists long-term quality over short-term quantity is key to his plans. “We’re in a position where I’ve got four years left on my contract and I’ve always looked…

Fleet 2-1 Eastbourne Borough

Fleet 2-1 Eastbourne Borough

Fleet made it three games unbeaten in pre-season as they eased to victory over Eastbourne Borough, though needed a late goal to decide the game despite enjoying the bulk of possession and chances. Daryl McMahon went with a back three and used Bagasan Graham and Myles Weston to good effect either side of a central midfield trio in a lineup…

Sports in town for second summer friendly

Sports in town for second summer friendly

Eastbourne Borough of the National League South are the opponents tonight for the second summer friendly of five at the Kuflink Stadium. Managed by Jamie Howell, the Sports have recently recruited former Fleet midfielder Michael West and include Ian Simpemba in defence, starting his sixth season with the club as a player and now in a coaching role. Borough’s summer…

Fleet fire four past Ferreiras

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 the 90 minutes without injury…

Fleet settle into summer camp

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. “We’ll have five days training,…

Fleet 1-1 Billericay Town

Fleet 1-1 Billericay Town

A game of two halves and a team of two halves produced a 1-1 draw against Bostik Premier League champions Billericay Town in the first pre-season workout of 2018/19. Under searing midday heat, a lively enough first half produced both the goals and a second-half with a more understandably sedate tempo saw fewer chances for both sides. Billericay made the…

PREVIEW: Billericay Town

PREVIEW: Billericay Town

If there’s one thing players are keen to get hold of during the first phases of pre-season it’s a football. The first days after reporting back are packed full of bleep tests, runs, exercise routines and weight watching – so the Fleet squad will be keen to kick their first footballs in (friendly) anger in the opening summer fixture. And…

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