Army man Shaun Hale put Bashley under fire at the Recreation Ground last night as Fleet Town marched into the Dr Martens League Cup second round.

With manager John Robson again absent on scouting duties, the New Forest hosts went down 2-1 for their third defeat in a row.

Hale, who had missed Fleet's previous three games because of military commitments, came back firing on all cylinders and headed home the opener on 27 minutes after Steve Whitcher had nodded on an Ian Saunders cross.

With 67 minutes gone, Hale turned provider, crossing in hard and low from the left for former Saints Academy striker Shea Saunders to sneak between two defenders and score. Bashley replied in the 90th minute when Michael Jackson headed down Aaron Cook's delivery and fired home.

Delighted Fleet manager Mick Catlin said: "We played really well. It was probably our best performance of the season. What was good was that we actually deserved to win, it wasn't as if we were hanging on."