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Fleet Town v Histon
Saturday 1st February 2003
Dr Martens League - Eastern Divsion

Team
Lines Up's
Fleet Town
#
Histon
Claydon
1
Barber
Chamberlain
2
Farrington
Marshall
3
Goddard
Murphy
4
Hipperson
Noad
5
Jones
Black
6
A Cambridge
Saunders (1)
7
Tovey
Hare (1)
8
Munns (1)
Letherall
9
Rowe
Frampton (1)
10
I Cambridge (1)
Moore
11
Andrews
Subs
Subs
Saunders
12
Kennedy for Munns
Garrett
14
Haniver for Jeffery
Craig
15
Rush
Aymes
16
Jeffery for Andrews
17
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Referee
Kevin Batchelor
Ass Referee
Kyle Davies
Ass Referee
Paul Wright

Histon travelled to lowly but, much improving Fleet Town looking to complete the double over the Hampshire side.

Steve Fallon brought in the returning Neil Andrews and James Rowe, but missing was Neil Coburn and Jamie Barker.

The first five minutes was played at a high tempo, with Histon kicking down the slope, both keepers had early touches. Fleet were let off as early as the 8th minute, when a mistake from the home keeper, Carl Clayton, found Ian Cambridge, who after turning the defender he put the ball in from James Rowe but Rowe’s shot was weak and at Claydon. Then Cambridge hit the post and the ball was cleared away to safety, it was then Histon turn to be let off, a mistake from Wayne Goddard let in Paul Wetherall but his shot was inches post the post. On 17 minutes Gareth Jones hit the post from a shot just outside the area, Histon then took lead on 24 minutes, a cross from Ian Cambridge found the head of Peter Munns to head home. Four minutes later Neil Andrews had a goal bound shot cleared off the line, on 30 minutes the lead was doubled, a back pass had the keeper in trouble, he poor past went direct to Ian Cambridge who had time to pick his spot and score.

Histon should been home and dry, on 33 minutes Peter Munns raced on to yet another poor backpass, his shot was goal bound but on the bumpy pitch the ball bounced towards the post, following up was Fleet defender Rob Marshall, who crashed into the post as he cleared the ball away. On 40 minutes Histon won a corner, as the ball came over, the keeper turned his back and the ball hit him and was cleared, yet another chance went begging. In first half injury time Ian Cambridge was lucky not to be sent off when he lashed out at the keeper, catching him and leaving him in a heap on the ground, yet the referee blew for a foul, but didn’t produce at card.

On 51 minutes Fleet were back in the game that they shouldn’t have been in, a snap shot from Shea Saunders found the bottom corner of the net, giving Paul Barber no chance. The goal lifted the home side, now attacking the slope, on 68 minutes a long goal kick from Barber produced a touch of Cambridge magic, as the ball dropped Cambridge shaped his foot and lobbed the keeper, back tracking was Claydon and at the last moment he pushed the ball over, this was HIston only real chance of the half that was slipping away from them.

Then came a two minute blast from the home side, on 71 minutes they drew level, when a ball forward found Mark Frampton, who was unmarked and unchallenged to score past Barber, then just a minute later Histon lost the ball which proved costly, as Edward Hare scored on his debut to give Fleet the lead and points.

The second half there was only one side in the game, and that was Fleet.