In what was originally envisaged as a pre-season friendly rapidly turned into a hotly contested match in the early September heat. Abbey Rangers surged out of the blocks at the start of the game, startling Fleet into a rearguard action that survived the early onslaught. Fleet grew into the game, but the better chances continued to fall to Abbey Rangers, with one strike cannoning off the crossbar shortly before Abbey finally took the lead before half-time.
The second half started with Abbey quickly scoring twice more to extend their lead before they started to lose the intensity that they had played with. Fleet came back into the game, converting a penalty before firing home two long-range strikes to claw the score back. Both teams created good chances to win the match, but neither side could convert, leaving both sides satisfied with a hard-earned draw.
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Team selection has not been published for this fixture yet.