A must win game today, and thats what Arlesey did coming back from Fleet with 3 points and a 0-2 win. Although the home side won the toss the elected to play up the steep slope of the ground it was Arlesey that used this to there advantage. With several players missing their were 3 new names on the team sheet for Arlesey today along with Ash Farooqui who came on as sub last week and of course Yemi Adelani who scored on his debut last week.
Playing down the slope Arlesey started much stronger than of recent weeks and absorbed any attacking options from the home side.On 18 mins Rafe Goodman made a good pass that found Taylor Rhiney on the edge of the box, he brought the ball down and controlled it well before beating 2 defenders who were close by and slotting it past the diving keeper for 0-1. Arlesey were well on top as crosses came in and the keeper did well at the feet of Adelani. On 30 mins Goodman again found Adelani in the box and he made a great turn and rifled the ball past the keeper for 0-2 and his 3rd goal in 2 games. Arlesey kept up the pressure down the slope and the keeper did well again at Adelani's feet but it finished at 0-2 at HT.
With the home side attacking down the slope in the 2nd period it was the prevorbial "game of two halfs" but Arlesey defended well with new centre half Hamilton Bunga prominent along with Joe Steele and indeed the pitch also seemed to be working for the home side as it did some very strange things to the ball, one shot bounced viciously right in front of Bart and looked to have popped over him but he managed to claw it away. Arlesey introduced another new player in Fabian Brown-Johnson and soon after Rhiney broke up the hill but the ball seemed to get slowed in the grass and his shot was saved by the keeper but he really should have done better. Again Fleet pushed forward but the feeling was that Arlesey had enough in the tank to keep them at bay as they defended a series of corners well.
Manny N'Daw also on his debut worked hard on the wing to break out when he could and although for most of half Fleet were attacking Arlesey had another great chance as Adelani found Brown-Johnson but his shot was not good enough to beat the keeper. With 7 mins added time played Arlesey secured their 1st league win of the season.