PREVIEW: Fleet focus on the here and now at Slough

Most of the Fleet squad had barely started school the last time we visited Slough Town. It was 2001 when the Rebels were relegated to end our four-year association in the Ryman Premier and we’ve only met once since, in 2005 in the FA Trophy at Stonebridge Road. Tuesday night sees Fleet again en route…

PREVIEW: from Beachboys to Beavers

Fleet take their midweek form against the Beachboys into Saturday’s clash with the Beavers this weekend seeking the three points that would not only take them within one point of their hosts but potentially back inside the top seven as well. Playing twice a week is something most clubs in the division will need to…

Preview: Fleet’s wanderlust continues

Despite tighter lockdown conditions nationally, elite sport continues and Fleet stay on the road to face their third away trip of five inside a month. And it’s a first ever trip to Dorking Wanderers, last year’s play-off semi-finalists and many people’s favourites for this season. Following the goalless draw at Dartford, Dennis Kutrieb will be…

PREVIEW: “I know what this Kent derby means”

The last derby v Dartford drew a Stonebridge Road New Year’s Day record of 2,564 to the ground three years ago as both clubs battled for promotion. This time around, the attendance figure is an irrelevance but as we usher in 2021, the significance of the North Kent derby is not lost on the Fleet…

PREVIEW: Friends reunited over the river

James Dobson, Reece Grant, Will Wood, Daryl McMahon, Steve Gritt, David Jupp, Kenny Clark, Sam Deering, Darren McQueen, Dean Rance, Myles Weston. Just 11 of those potentially involved tomorrow who will have worn both badges gives an added edge to what the outside world might otherwise take as a run-of-the-mill Buildbase FA Trophy clash. With…

PREVIEW: Fleet look up as Hawks come in to land

Three weeks – a fortnight of self-isolation followed by a further week without a game – have flown past since Fleet’s players last kicked a ball in anger and a return to action couldn’t be much tastier than a visit from Havant & Waterlooville. One of the pre-season favourites following their runners-up spot and eventually…

PREVIEW: Kent calling for Kutrieb’s first county clash

After an absence of more than a year – and what a year it’s been for football! – Fleet and Maidstone United renew their county rivalry in tonight’s Vanarama National League South clash. The clubs’ last meeting, back in March 2019, was a division higher as Fleet won it 2-0 but there’ll be precious few…

PREVIEW: Es meet again in evening encounter

It was certainly a case of contrasting weekends for Tuesday night’s protagonists, with Eastbourne Borough having hosted Blackpool in the Emirates FA Cup and Fleet having enjoyed a Saturday off, 24 hours after a somewhat more low-key affair in a friendly at Sutton United. Fleet will certainly have had ample time to get to grips…

Preview: Fleet’s focus fits the Bill

It may have seemed these past few years – with the odd pre-season friendly, the number of mutual players and the media interest surrounding Billericay Town – that our clubs have always been closely intertwined. Yet in any competitive environment, it is more than 18 years since the Fleet and Billericay have locked horns –…

Preview: Fleet plan their Hunger strikes

Ebbsfleet United have the opportunity to steal a march on their rivals this weekend as one of only two games in the Vanarama National League South takes place at the Kuflink Stadium. Emirates FA Cup action occupies the majority of South clubs on Saturday, with only the Fleet, Hungerford, Chelmsford and Maidstone in battles for…