Fleet: Wembley here we come?
PUBLISHED: 16:02 18 March 2009 | UPDATED: 10:33 23 August 2010
FLEET fans are hoping their team can book a place in the FA Trophy final at Wembley – for a historic second consecutive year. On Saturday several coaches full of Ebbsfleet United supporters left the Stonebridge Road ground in Northfleet for the semi-fina
FLEET fans are hoping their team can book a place in the FA Trophy final at Wembley - for a historic second consecutive year.
On Saturday several coaches full of Ebbsfleet United supporters left the Stonebridge Road ground in Northfleet for the semi-final first leg against Stevenage Borough.
But despite losing 3-2 in the away fixture fans are confident they can overturn the deficit this Saturday.
Last May, 25,000 Fleet fans travelled to Wembley for the clubs most important game in its 52-year history, to watch their team beat Torquay United 1-0 in the final.
Spencer Dolman, 38, of Marriners Way, Northfleet, sits on the board for My Football Club, the internet website in which fans can buy a share of the club.
He said: "It's a bit like Déjà vu. We have been a bit inconsistent in the league so to get this far is good for the team.
"It was a cracking game. I thought before the game a draw would be a good result. But I still think we have got a good chance of getting to Wembley, the march to the arch as I call it.
"There is only one goal in it."
Stevenage Borough led 2-0 at half-time but 18 minutes from the end the Fleet had equalised with goals from Neil Barrett and Stacy Long. With just 11 minutes to play Stevenage scored again, to make the final score 3-2.
Fan Mark Neilson, 41, of Perry Street, Northfleet, added: "The team came out in the second-half as a different team, they started playing some good football. I am confident the team will do their best in the game this weekend. On previous form we have done well against the bigger clubs.
"Can we get to Wembley again? I am quietly confident."
Last year hundreds of Fleet fans lined the streets of Gravesend and Northfleet to congratulate their team as they paraded the FA Trophy on an open-top bus days after the historic win.