Stunning Fleetlands win is no Flooks as sub Shane stars in Colden Common rout
Sub Shane Flooks spearheaded Fleetlands’ stunning 5-1 victory over Colden Common that lifted them to second in the Hampshire Premier League table.
Flooks started on the bench but was introduced midway through the first half when Coptermen top scorer Matt Andrews went off with a hip injury.
The Stallions were leading at the time, taking advantage of an error from ex-Pompey defender Lewis Tallack, and on course for a seventh successive win.
But Fleetlands levelled before half-time with an own goal before Flooks fired them ahead from the penalty spot in the second half after Luke Heard had been fouled.
After the visitors were reduced to 10 men following a red card for dissent, Rich Bessey’s side took full control.
Teenager Jack North and Perry Easton were on target with Flooks completing a man of the match performance with a second goal.
‘Shane changed the game,’ said Bessey. ‘Him coming on gave us a different look.
‘He’s a pest, the sort of person you’d always want on your side rather than playing against you.
‘He bullies defences by pressing them all the time. He’s strong, powerful and has an eye for goal - he just can’t keep his mouth shut!’
Flooks has HPL form - he struck double figures when Hamble Club won the title in 2013/14 and again when they won promotion to the Wessex League 12 months later.
Fleetlands are aiming to be back in the Wessex in 2020/21, and regular performances such as this will surely see them there.
‘It was our best performance of the season without a shadow of a doubt,’ said Bessey.
‘I wasn’t expecting that result, not at all.
‘We were sharper, we looked hungrier. There’s a good ethos about the club at the moment.’
Common hadn’t lost in 12 league and cup games, and this was their first HPL defeat since the beginning of September.
Bessey is now sweating on the fitness of 23-goal top scorer Andrews for this weekend’s big home clash with Paulsgrove, the club he managed last season.