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Battling Fleet suffer Dons defeat

PUBLISHED: 16:25 26 August 2009 | UPDATED: 11:00 23 August 2010

EBBSFLEET United Ladies slumped to an opening-day 3-0 loss to MK Dons in last Sunday s South Eastern Counties League curtain-raiser at Stonebridge Road, writes Tina Martin. The Fleet welcomed five highly-experienced players to their squad, with Claire Wi

EBBSFLEET United Ladies slumped to an opening-day 3-0 loss to MK Dons in last Sunday's South Eastern Counties League curtain-raiser at Stonebridge Road, writes Tina Martin.

The Fleet welcomed five highly-experienced players to their squad, with Claire Williams (Crystal Palace), Robyn McEvoy (Millwall Ladies) and Zara Phillips (Gillingham Ladies) coming aboard alongside fellow fresh-faced recruits Pip Lawrence and keeper Ann Downes.

The first half started at a fast pace, with MK Dons applying the pressure, pushing Fleet Ladies back into defensive play and forcing some good saves from goalkeeper Faye Baker.

But, the visitors did not have it all their own way and the Fleet were unlucky not to open the scoring when a 20-yard Hannah Gilmour shot crashed back off the post, with the rebound just evading striker Lisa Fulgence.

The match evened out towards the end of the first period and the two sides went in at the break deadlocked at 0-0.

The Dons came out of the blocks faster after the interval though and scored an immediate opener, beating Baker from close range.

The ladies then made their changes and, for 20 minutes, bossed proceedings without scoring.

Such profligacy proved costly too as the visitors netted twice more to wrap up the 3-0 win.

Fleet Ladies are away to Tottenham Ladies this Sunday (Kick-off: 2pm).

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