On Saturday 10th August 2019, Fleet Spurs Football Club will host a crucial Combined Counties Division One league match v Godalming Town. The two sides are local and friendly rivals who always produce close games with plenty of goals so this one should be a great one for the fans. Furthermore, both teams took part in multi-goal thrillers on matchday 1 with Fleet winning 5-3 away v Epson and Ewell and Godalming losing out to Chessington and Hook with a score of 2-4.
The form guide is mixed. The most recent encounter saw Fleet Spurs runout winners towards the backend of the last season away at Wey Court. The scoreline finished 3-1 but it was a tight encounter. One of the notable incidents of that game was the knee injury to Ivan Nsimbi, an injury that he has not yet fully recovered from. Earlier in the season, Godalming ran out 2-1 winners at Kennels Lane in a very close match.
Fleet Spurs were delighted with their win on Saturday 3rd August. Going behind early in the game, the Spurs did well to draw level and then never fall behind again. Indeed, Fleet could have socred far more than five goals and the final score of 5-3 did not flatter Saturday's hosts. One of the themes of the match was how impressive the youth squad additions were. Louis Lindsay excelled initially as left wing-back and later as left midfield. Louis is 17 years old and is a wonderful prospect for the club. Likewise, Brendon Nago (16) came off the bench to provide a fantastic cameo. He ran, he harried, he dribbled, he span and, in truth, he was a pain in the ass of the Epsom defenders. It will be interesting to see if Brendon gets the nod to start on Saturday v Godalming. He really was that good! Finally, Jack Billingham came off the bench late in the game to provide stability to the midfield. Jack is only 16 years old and, again, is a wonderful prospect. Youth team manager at Fleet Spurs Sam Hawkins said "Louis, Brendon and Jack did a great job on Saturday. I watched the whole game and I was deeply proud to see three young men make such a smooth transition to senior's football." Hawkins continued "You have to give respect to Louis Lindsay. He dominated an experienced and competent opponent on Saturday. He is going to be a handful for every team he faces."
It was not only the young players that excelled v Epsom and Ewell. Adam Bellmaine, midfielder and captain played a magnificent match assisting three of the goals and continually finding space between the Epsom lines. Bellmaine said of Saturday's upcoming match "The game v Epsom and Ewell is finished. Done! Now, we focus on Godalming. I played in the 3-1 win away last season and they are a good side. Every one of our players needs to be and will be at their best. I can't wait!"
Director of Football James Simms said "The season is up and running. We have started well and now we turn our attentions to a very good Godalming outfit." Simms continued "We have a very good relationship with Godalming Town and we have every respect for them and their manager Les Cleevely. But make no mistake, on Saturday we will be going out for three points."
Alan Reed, Joint first team manager said "I was delighted with the performance v Epsom and Ewell but we have to make that count by achieving even better standards against Godalming. It will be tough but, if we focus, I have every faith that we will get a positive result.
So, roll on Saturday. Kick-off is 3 pm. See you there!!
Possible Matchday Squad
Michael Cadle, Doug Noble, Liam Jupp, Naman Nasir, Max Billingham, Louis Lindsay, James Scott, Jamil Saleh, Matt Hayler, Adam Bellmaine, Andre Smith, Brendon Nago, Lee Bush, Rob Parrott, Ivan Nsimbi, Joe Morris