Verwood Town - Match Preview

Fawley AFC return to Sydenhams Division One action on Wednesday night, hosting Verwood Town at The GRS Arena, Waterside Club.

After slumping to a poor 1-0 away defeat to Newport IOW on Saturday, they’ll be keen to get back on track quickly with two home games in quick succession, Verwood Wednesday and Whitchurch Saturday.

In terms of squad news, Peter Southwick will be ruled out for a few weeks after picking up a hamstring injury on Saturday midway through the first half. Billy Lawrence who has recently broke into the side is away on holiday. Top scorer Zac Willis and second top scorer Declan Hartigan both return, along with Steven Green who has been out with illness.

Verwood Town started the season very strong and have already beaten Fawley this season 3-2 at Potterne Park. Ex Oiler Matt Vining doing the damage on the day with a brace. They have moved down the table in the past two months after a miserable run of form. Both sides will be desperate to turn a corner and finish the second half of the season on a high and in the top 8.

Full Squad: Bolton, Buckthorpe, Crouch, Earl, French, Green, Hartigan, Keating, Macey, Macleod, Munday, Page, Rafferty, Rankin, Sayce, Willis

KO: 7:45pm

Newport 1-0 Fawley

Fawley slumped to a 1-0 defeat away to Newport IOW in a match with very little to write about, both sides failed to show much quality in a scrappy affair.

Ben Rankin made his debut up front with Zac Willis being out the squad, that otherwise is was the same starting 11 from last weeks team that beat Amesbury Town 2-0. Dane Sayce, Martin Buckthorpe and Ben Bolton all returned to the squad.

The match started with a slow tempo and was the same for the duration, Newport sitting very deep and allowing Fawley plenty of time on the ball at the back. Setup to win possession and break away quickly, something that worked to an extent, except they failed to make any of the breaks count. It should be noted that the windy conditions made it very difficult for both teams.

Pete Southwick pulled up injured around 20 minutes in, Ben Bolton replaced him. While Fawley had 10 men making the change, the only goal of the game came from sloppy play from The Oilers, although it probably was the only moment of the match with any quality also. A free kick from the Newport half punted up into the Fawley box was not dealt with, brought down excellently by their no10 Jordan Browne who made no mistake with his finish.

Ben Rankin came close twice to level the score, the first an error from their keeper Gary Streeter who miss-kicked a clearance straight into danger. Rankin shot first time, but Newport had enough bodies back to block the effort. Rankin then hit the bar with a deflected free kick from close range. The best chance came to Elliot Earl moments before the break, a cross from Pete Keating found Earl on the six yard line, he hit it first time, but couldn’t keep it down as it flew over the bar.

After the break the tempo slowed further. Newport now in no rush to resume any play with several throwings, corners, goal kicks taking an age. They sat deep and soaked up everything, looking dangerous on the break. Jon Page pulled off a couple of fine saves to keep Fawley in the game, Newport would have definitely felt the game should have been killed off.

In the final 10 minutes Fawley had two good chances to get something out of this game, the first from a set piece. Mike Macleod whipped in a decent free kick from a deep position, finding Reece Macey who headed the ball back across the goal line. Elliot Earl desperately lunged at the ball, but couldn’t reach it in time.

In the final moments, Fawley finally cut through the Newport stubborn defence. Some slick passing in the final third, Tom Munday played Ben Bolton in on goal from the left side, just the keeper to beat he fired it into the opposite corner, only to hit the post.

Unfortunately Fawley left the IOW with nothing to show for their efforts. A game of which both sides would have wanted to play much better, however Newport will be very happy with the victory. Six points and two clean sheets against The Oilers this season.

Next up Fawley host Verwood Town on Wednesday.

Renewed Kit Sponsorship Agreed

Local firm Complete Security have agreed to renew their commitment with Fawley AFC for the third season running by sponsoring the first team home kit.

Complete Security started up in 1989, with the head office situated in Holbury just up the road from the clubs home ground. They have since become one of the Souths leading suppliers of Intruder Alarms, CCTV Systems and Locksmith Services. The club are very grateful and excited to be working with them for the next 18 months.

You can visit their website via this link:

We are also pleased to be using EV2 Sportswear for the first time, who have a large range of bespoke kit designs and a very good reputation for their support with non league football clubs.

You can visit their website via this link:

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Fawley 2-0 Amesbury Town

Fawley pulled off a surprise result in Wessex Division One on Saturday afternoon when they beat league leaders Amesbury Town 2-0, courtesy of goals from Tom Munday and Zac Willis.

The Oilers bounced back with an impressive 2-0 victory on Saturday, the result may have surprised many amongst the division, taking into account Amesbury have scored 70 goals in only 21 league games this season, it’s actually the first time they’ve failed to score in the league.

Line up: 1. Page, 2. Keating, 3. Macleod, 4. Lawrence, 5. Rafferty, 6. Macey, 7. Munday, 8. French, 9. Southwick, 10. Earl, 11. Willis / Subs: 12. Sheath, 14. Rankin, 15. Crouch

Nine regular starters were missing on Saturday, so responsibility fell on the shoulders of some of the younger and less experienced members of the squad. They all took it on their stride an impressed with a high energy performance. Straight from the start Amesbury enjoyed more of the possession, but it was under pressure at all times with the relentless pressing from Munday, Southwick and Willis. Followed up by the midfield three of Earl, Lawrence and French. Amesbury hit the woodwork and forced Page into a good save, but Fawley took the lead through Tom Munday, an excellent left footed curling effort into the top corner.

Second half Amesbury moved their centre back up top and went with a more direct approach, defenders Reece Macey and Tom Rafferty were on top of their game to deal with this threat. Zac Willis doubled the lead on the hour mark, some clever play from Adam French saw him get into the box wide right and fizz a ball across goal for Zac to head home.

Fawley had to survive a fair bit of pressure in the last 20 minutes, seeing the woodwork hit again and Jonathan Page pulling off some crucial saves, punches, whilst commanding the back line. Playing on the counter meant Fawley maintained a goal threat themselves and managed to keep the ball in the Amesbury final third to relieve some pressure.

Victory puts Fawley into 8th place in the league, though it’s very tight between 7th and 15th. They travel to Newport IOW on Saturday who currently occupy 7th place.

Fawley AFC vs Amesbury Town FC - Match Preview

Fawley vs Amebsury Town

Saturday 19th January 2019

3pm KO - Waterside Club, SO45 2PA

League Positions: 10th vs 1st

Last Time Met: 4-0 Amesbury

Last 6 Fawley: L W W L W L

Last 6 Amesbury: W D W W W W

Fawley AFC are back in action this Saturday as they host Amesbury Town in the Sydenhams Wessex Division One. After a very tough afternoon against Romsey Town last weekend, The Oilers will be looking to bounce back to winning ways. It does not get any easier though because Amesbury are the league leaders, currently unbeaten in their last 8 matches and have scored 35 goals in that run. Fawley lost 4-0 in the reverse earlier this season and will have to put in a much better display to avoid any repeat.

Amesbury Town have been consistent and very strong all season, only losing once and currently leading the pack in what looks like a race between four clubs for promotion this season. Local rivals Hythe & Dibden currently sit in second place, whilst unbeaten AFC Stoneham occupy third spot (with games in hand). Romsey Town sit in fourth place after a very positive run of results.

Fawley however have not been consistent and are now in 10th position in the table, losing 10 league games already this season and a staggering 27 points behind their opposition on Saturday with only 21 games played each.

Any upset will have to be achieved with several absentees, as The Oilers are still missing several through injury and as usual the non league unavailability. Captain Dane Sayce, Declan Hartigan and Martin Buckthorpe will all miss the match. Long term injured Matthew Hawkins and Kieron Roche still keeps them away from the action. Ollie Bradley has broken into the regular AFC Totton squad and remains with them.

On a more positive note Adam French returns from injury and Ben Bolton only has one more match to serve out of his four game suspension. Chris Lucas has started playing in reserves matches after nearly a year out with a broken leg also.

Fawley AFC 100 Club - Join Now!

The purpose of the 100 Club is raise vital funds for the football club and of course to also provide an opportunity for members of the 100 club to win a cash prize in each monthly draw.

The Fawley AFC 100 Club is a private lottery and is open to all members and supporters of Fawley AFC and their family and friends. As a private lottery you have to be invited to join, you will be allocated a number and your tickets are not transferable.

You have to be 16 or over to join the club and of course the more people who enter the higher the prize fund. You may also buy more than 1 number.

The cost of each number for 1 month is £5 and each month there is a draw for 50% of the monthly 100 club income. This amount is divided between 3 lucky winners.

We have enclosed a copy of the 100 club rules and an application form and the October draw will take place on the 20th of October 2018. We very much hope that you will be interested in supporting the 100 Club and we look forward to hearing from you in due course. Fawley AFC would like to thank all supporters, players, family, friends and associates taking part in the club, your support and help is greatly appreciated.

Please email us today and join in time for the next draw!

Andover Town 2-1 Fawley AFC / Match Report

Fawley threw away a lead in the dying moments at The Portway Stadium on Saturday, losing 2-1 to bottom of the table Andover Town.

This season Fawley have rescued a few results from the latter stages, a two goal comeback to rescue a point at east cowes in the last four minutes. A three goal comeback in ten minutes to win away at Calne Town. On this occasion they were on the receiving end as Andover Town equalized in the 89th minute and then won the game in the 95th.

The Oilers started the game very well, Andover were insistent on playing out from the back and often giving the away side several chances to attack from dangerous positions. Most of the opportunities were wasted and in a period of the game where Fawley should have punished and taken an early lead, Andover came out without being punished and grew into the game. Zac Willis did score, but the linesman had flagged for a handball offence. The handball had occurred after the ball had crossed the line whilst Willis fell into the net. Clearly not going to be his day.

In particular the Andover wingers were a real threat, direct and full of tricks. The Fawley back line definitely knew they were in a game and in for a difficult afternoon at The Portway. A few last ditch tackles and routine saves from Parker-Trott in goal kept them at bay for now.

Fawley were already missing 16 players from the squad, many injured and to make matters worse left back Mike Macleod had to come off before 20 minutes with a foot injury. His replacement Matt Hawkins on the recovery from a groin injury, aggravated the injury and had to play on in pain.

Just when luck seemed to be running out for Fawley and chances were being missed at both ends of the pitch, they did find the breakthrough. Mark Lilley worked a crossing opportunity from the right which found an on rushing Ollie Bradley to fire home from the edge of the box. Ollie was a bright spark in the first half down the left and causing problems for their right back.

HT Andover Town 0-1 Fawley

Fawley came out and started this half as they finished, on top and relatively comfortable. It didn’t last long though as Andover took control of the game and forced Fawley deeper into their half. The match turned into Fawley sitting deep and playing on the counter while Andover dominated the ball and attacked wave after wave.

A cross wasn’t dealt with in the Fawley area which led to a big scramble. The ball fell to Reece Macey who was eventually pushed onto the floor, still in possession of the ball, the Andover no9 stamped on his leg which sparked a big row between the teams. Reece in considerable pain and a nasty mark, the referee deemed it a yellow card offence and in the aftermath booked Macey for complaining. The away side believed it was a clear red card offence. Macey played on injured with little options available on the bench for defensive cover.

Andover Town’s wingers were still a threat and central defender Martin Buckthorpe was in very impressive form keeping everything away from the Fawley goal. The Oilers had a spell in the last 15 minutes where the game should have been killed off. First Ollie Bradley fired a cross into the 6 yard area, an incredible goal line clearance from Andover defender Mark Keogh snuffed out the danger. The resulting corner was met by Pete Southwick, a clear header on goal, only to hit the back of Zac Willis’s head. Willis himself worked an opportunity in the box, but missed at the near post. Lastly sub Tom Munday weaved his way past their defence, into a one v one situation, but his effort was saved.

Andover leveled the score after piling a lot of bodies forward in the final moments, worked a cross for their No9 to tap in from 6 yards, the first attempt was saved, but the rebound hit him and just about went in over the line. The large crowd celebrated like a final and Andover felt an opportunity to win the match was on the cards when the referee signaled five minutes of added time. Whilst Fawley were also going for the win, they got caught out and allowed another dangerous cross from the left to come in. This time it appeared Macey had it under control, but missed his clearance and the No9 was there to tap in again for his second.

Harsh lessons learned on the road for Fawley, a very depleted squad and some bad luck with referee decisions. They still had a lead and enough chances to win the match, to come away with nothing was very hard to take. Andover however got their first points of the season and did play some nice football. The attacking threat they have will see them pick up more points sooner than later.

FT Andover Town 2-1 Fawley

Line Up: 1. Parker-Trott, 2. Rafferty, 3. Macleod, 4. Earl, 5. Buckthorpe, 6. Macey, 7. Bradley, 8. Lawrence, 9. Willis, 10. Southwick, 11. Lilley, SUBS: 12. Hawkins, 14. Burch, 15. Munday

Fawley AFC Weekend Preview

Fawley AFC are away to Andover Town on Saturday, whilst the reserve side are home to New Milton Town Reserves.

Fawley have been slowly picking up the points in recent weeks are a less than impressive start to the league campaign and on saturday visit bottom side Andover Town. The home side are currently 10 out of 10 for defeats and will desperately be trying to claim Fawley as their first league victims.

The Oilers are travelling rather light squad wise, a growing injury list and the perfect storm of player commitments, means 16 players are unavailable for this fixture. Managers Lee Shepherd and Scott Johnston will have to take the best they can and setup a plan to halt what will be a very determined Andover side.

The Reserves are home to New Milton Town Reserves, 3pm KO at The Waterside Club. Those interesting in going to support with enjoy Free Entry and a nice welcome from the committee running our bistro.

Reserves Manager Stephen Griffiths will be looking to build on last weekends victory at East Cowes and end a run of inconsistent results by securing their first back to back league wins.

Fawley out of the Sydenhams League Cup

Fawley were well beaten by Baffins Milton Rovers on Wednesday night at The Waterside Club, 3-0 the final score. Being knocked out the cup wasn’t quite the worst part of the night.

The Oilers squad is packed with injuries at the moment and it was decided a large rotation of players would be used with sights firmly set on Saturday.

Unfortunately due to some very unexpected circumstances a very late withdrawal meant a change of lineup an hour before KO and then an injury in the warm up meant another change 15 minutes before KO. A further injury before HT and the planned protection of players was firmly out of the window.

To compound the home sides misery, Baffins are a very good attacking side and were in the mood to play. Pegging Fawley deep into their own half, in the first 10 minutes it was wave after wave of attacks, some luck played it’s part and some good defending. Fawley weathered that early storm.

Dan Mockridge was a lone figure in the Oilers attack and wasn’t getting much support, the game did even out for a spell and it took the away side around the half hour mark to open the scoring. A corner kick was whipped in, met by the Baffins attacker, although it appeared to be cleared off the line by defender Pete Keating. The far linesman flagged convinced it had crossed. Spectators nearby were convinced it was not a goal, but no one truly knew, at this level you got to trust the judgement of the officials.

Fawley created their best chance of the match just after going behind, breaking in out wide and a superb cross from Pete Keating fired past everyone in the six yard box by inches. It was Baffins who got the next goal, pouncing on some sloppy play and then crossing into the box. It looked a miss-hit but Reece Macey had missed his clearance allowing the baffins forward to fire the second goal. Baffins had so many attacks it was inevitable a mistake would eventually come, an injury to Dane Sayce came to light also.

HT Fawley 0-2 Baffins Milton Rovers

Dane Sayce has to come off injured at half time. With top scorer Zac Willis already pulling up injured in the warm up, numbers were stretched. New addition Billy Lawrence slotted into defence and Lee Burch, previously in Midfield was moved up to support Dan Mockridge.

The comeback plan did not go to plan though. Baffins played some very slick and high tempo stuff and on this occasion cut Fawley open with ease. The no10 DART got in behind and blasted a half volley into the net, effectively killing any revival ambitions early on.

The game went rather flat after that for long spells. Some feisty challenges from both sides and Fawley spending most of the second half defending their lines. Most teams will come up with the same cliches after defeats or find excuses. Baffins were the a very good team and thoroughly deserved their victory on the night.

FT Fawley 0-3 Baffins Milton Rovers

Fawley Line Up:

  1. Parker-Trott, 2. Keating, 3. Buckthorpe, 4. Burch, 5. Sayce, 6, Macey, 7, Bradley, 8. Hartigan, 9. Southwick, 10. Mockridge, 11. Macleod,

    Subs: 12. Earl, 14. Willis, 17. Lawrence

Fawley vs Baffins Milton Rovers - Match Preview

Fawley AFC entertain Wessex Premier opposition Baffins Milton Rovers in the Sydenhams League Cup this evening at The Waterside Club, 7:45pm KO.

The Oilers shocked the Wessex League last season by reaching the final of this competition, beating three sides from the Premier Division along the way. Baffins lost 2-0 away to Newport IOW in the third round after beating Team Solent 3-1 in the second round.

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Baffins will no doubt be strong favorites for tonight’s fixture, currently 8th in the Premier Division and winning five of their last six games, scoring thirty goals in those six games and only conceding seven. They are in good goal scoring form and should be arriving to The Waterside Club in a very confident mood.

Fawley have won three of their last six, drawn one and lost two. The two defeats were in the FA Vase and Hampshire Senior Cup, Hamworthy United and Blackfield & Langley respectively. The Oilers have scored fourteen goals in their last six games and conceded 11, not quite as impressive as our visitors tonight.

Tonight’s Fawley AFC Squad:

Ollie Bradley, Martin Buckthorpe, Lee Burch, Elliot Earl, Declan Hartigan, Peter Keating, Reece Macey, Mike Macleod, Daniel Mockridge, Tom Parker-Trott, Dane Sayce, Peter Southwick, Neil Williams, Zac Willis

Match Details

Date: Wednesday 26th September 2018

Kick Off: 7:45pm

Address: The Waterside Club (Old Esso Club), Long Lane, Holbury, SO45 2PA

Entry: £5.00 Adults and £3.00 Concessions. Under 16’s FREE


Fawley 4-0 New Milton Town / Match Report

Fawley returned to winning ways in emphatic fashion as Sayce with two, Hartigan & Willis with a goal each in a 4-0 win over New Milton Town.

Fawley were strong right from the start and looked good going forward. New Milton were also quick on the counter attack and were playing some nice stuff. After Fawley had missed a few very good chances to open the scoring, New Milton Town had the best chance to take the lead. They’re striker neatly slipped in one on one from close range, slotted past the keeper but an excellent goal line clearance from Declan Hartigan kept the scored level.

Fawley took the lead soon after courtesy of central defender Dane Sayce. Macleod whipped in a corner from the right and it wasn’t dealt with, after a few touches, Sayce headed in from close range.

The lead should have been doubled, with Ollie Bradley, Zac Willis and Mark Lilley all causing problems, Willis and Bradley both missing good chances. The second came from Sayce again though, as another Macleod corner, eventually finding Sayce free at the back to control and shoot into the bottom corner.

Fawley 2-0 New Milton Town Half Time

Fawley came out with a high tempo and missed several clear cut chances very early second half. Thankfully they were not punished and the third goal came around the hour mark, Declan Hartigan picked up the ball on the edge of the box and fired into the bottom corner.

New Milton were still looking a threat going forward and the oilers were having to really work to keep them at bay. AFC Bournemouth loanee Tom Parker-Trott didn’t have many saves to make, but his distribution and communication was excellent. The back four were looking determined for the first clean sheet of the season and Elliot Earl was marshaling the midfield battle.

Zac Willis added the fourth late on and it was to his relief after so many chances falling his way, this one though he couldn’t miss. The ever impressive Ollie Bradley again flying down the left wing, this time breaking through on goal and unselfishly squared for Willis to tap in.

Fawley 4-0 New Milton Town Full Time

That’s seven points in the last three league games now for Fawley and another step in the right direction. Next up another cup distraction on Wednesday night, home to Baffins Milton Rovers in the League Cup.

Fawley Line Up: 1. Parker-Trott, 2. Rafferty, 3. Macleod, 4. Earl, 5. Buckthorpe, 6. Sayce, 7. Bradley, 8. Hartigan, 9. Willis, 10. Southwick, 11. Lilley

SUBS: 12. Macey, 14. Keens, 15. Keating, 16. Shellard

Fawley AFC - Season So Far.. (Off The Pitch)

Fawley AFC are like most non league clubs at grassroots level. There’s no money, lots to pay for. There’s not much help, lots to do. You’ll hear a similar story from nearly every club at Step 6 or Step 5, lower or higher even. No one gets paid to be here, no expenses, no perks, just the love for our local football club and the game.

Pre-Season was pretty successful with lots of work around the ground being done or at least plans put in place. Repairs and maintenance seem to always be endless and a cruel cycle around the off season. Thankfully we always make it through and recently we come out better for it.

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Sponsorship is one of the most important tasks at the football club and it can be the hardest. Thankfully once again it’s been very positive, many renewing their deals and new companies getting on board with banners, kits etc. You can view our sponsors for this season HERE.

Essential repairs around the ground such as floors, plumbing, painting and the dreaded watering of the pitch in what seemed to be the harshest summer.

We do so much work off the pitch, half of it won’t be in this little write up, but here are some of the highlights of what we have done or currently working on.

Pitch Maintenance

A very positive deal was struck with the Fawley Parish Council Grounds Team, the same men who provide excellent service for our friends Blackfield & Langley up the road. This includes an all year round maintenance of the main pitch and the following:

Verti-Draining throughout the season

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  • Scarification 

  • Pitch Fertilizing in the Summer & Winter

  • Weedkilling

  • Top Dressing

  • Seeding

  • More regular cuts

  • More regular markings 

The workload taken off our committee will be invaluable and hopefully as the season goes on the playing surface will not only improve, but not get as bad as it did through the winter months last year.

Bistro / Tea Hut Renovations / Clubhouse

We have given the bistro a nice renovation inside and will soon be open for spectators to sit inside. There will be tables and chairs for anyone looking to warm up pre-game, during and after even, whilst enjoying the snacks and beverages we have to offer at very cheap prices. This is expected to be completed by mid October.

Something we’ve all missed since the closure of the Waterside Club is our clubhouse and onsite hospitality. We have a new cabin arriving in the next week and it will act as our “mini clubhouse” for the time being. There are plans being drawn up now for a brand new building to be shared between the Football and Cricket section, which will include changing rooms, bar facilities etc. Lots of work is going on behind the scenes at Fawley to improve facilities and the match day experience for everyone. The new cabin should be up and running by January. Although we hope sooner.


We’ve agreed a quote and begun the grant process with the Football Foundation for new floodlights. It’s early days still, but there is a good chance that during the next off season this work could all be carried out and completed before next season.


Fundraising will be crucial so the financial strains of this project doesn’t impact the day to day running of the football club.

The current floodlights are undergoing maintenance and repairs now to ensure there are no problems this season.

Additions To The Club

New faces were needed, commitments were piling up and the committee seems to get smaller each year. We’ve taken in a new manager for the reserve team in Stephen Griffiths and his contributions so far have been excellent. Not only the large amount of new players, some of which are regularly in the first team now, but the experience of running his own non league club, initiative to get on with everything. A very welcome member to the club who we know will be a success.

Stephen Griffiths

Stephen Griffiths

You may have noticed a new face towards the end of last season in our bistro, he goes by the name of Andy Winter. His new ideas and enthusiasm to the role he basically stumbled into has been a real positive this season. The options are much wider for our spectators and the takings are telling us it’s working very well. Another very welcome member to the committee.

The 100 club

We’ve researched this carefully and been planning to do this for a while now. Finally the 100 club will start in October. This is monthly lottery that will consistently raise valuable funds for the club and at the same time give back cash prizes to those who support it.

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Fawley AFC - Season So Far.. (On The Pitch)

We’re now nearly two months into the season and as always there’s never a dull moment following the Oilers. Lots of goals (both ends), late drama, red cards, injuries and never knowing who is actually playing each weekend. If you’re an Oiler, not much has changed. If you’re new, welcome to another typical season at Fawley.

You can view our full fixtures and results by clicking HERE.

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Fawley begun their season with an away trip to the IOW, to face East Cowes Victoria. The same as last season, the pre-season was successful and promising results against very good opposition raised expectations once again. However the oilers travelled light in personell and gave away two absolute “gifts” of goals and trailed 2-0 until the 86th minute. If not for an incredible comeback for a draw it really was a disaster of an opening fixture. Looking at the positives it took Fawley about 4 or so games to get their first point last season.

Fawley lost away to Verwood and Amesbury away from home, who both currently sit in the top three in the table and a heavy home defeat to Romsey Town, at the time in good form. Red cards, injured goalkeepers, missing players for every reason imaginable, the excuses always come out, but everyone at the club knew quite simply things were not good enough.

A team meeting between the management and all players took place after the 4-0 away defeat to Amesbury, the next game was a home derby to Hythe & Dibden and targeted as a springboard to kick the season off. Coincidentally it was the local rivals where Fawley got their first point last season in a similar situation. The first victory arrived 3-1 and days later the first league victory against Downton 3-2 followed.

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A whirlwind of an FA Vase fixture took place a week later, 4-2 down with 10 minutes to go and The Oilers somehow won it 5-4. The committee are glad we haven’t kept on top of match reports this season, because that would have taken a day to write.

A home draw to Petersfield Town and a narrow cup win against lower league Braishfield, suddenly Fawley were five unbeaten and heading into Hamworthy confident of an upset. That confidence grew as they took the lead and missed enough chances to score five before half time. Yet typically found themselves losing 2-1. Ultimately lost 3-1 and deservedly so after a very controlled second half from the home side. The FA Vase dream was over at the second qualifying round again.

Just this week Fawley were home to Blackfield and Langley in the Hampshire Senior Cup, after knocking out their other Green Waterside rivals, the southern league side were next on the list. Despite a big effort and only being a minute away from penalties at 1-1, The Oilers couldn’t hang on and lost 2-1. Two defeats to higher opposition and two cup exits.

Fawley remain in The Southampton Senior Cup, The Sydenhams League Cup and The Russell Cotes Cup. Currently sit 16th in the league after six league games, home to New Milton Town FC tomorrow (Saturday 22nd September).

You can catch The Oilers at home for the next four Wednesday nights, in fact 8/12 of the next fixtures are at home.

Current Squad


Jonathan Page, Lee Burch, Tom Parker-Trott (AFC Bournemouth Loanee)


Dane Sayce, Matt Hawkins, Pete Keating, Martin Buckthorpe, Reece Macey, Chris Lucas, Lewis Bailey, Mike Macleod, Tom Rafferty


Elliot Earl, Steven Green, Declan Hartigan, Adam French, Pete Southwick, Ben Keens, Harry Hawkins, Ollie Bradley


Ben Bolton, Mark Lilley, Craig Shellard, Neil Williams, Zac Willis, Daniel Mockridge

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Top Scorers

Zac Willis 5

Harry Hawkins 3

Ben Bolton 2

Elliot Earl 2

Declan Hartigan 2

Ben Murphy 2

Peter Southwick 2

Mark Lilley 1

Dane Sayce 1

Top Assists

Mike Macleod 7

Steven Green 3

Mark Lilley 2

Ollie Bradley 1

Ben Bolton 1

Harry Hawkins 1

Pete Keating 1

New 100 Lotto Club Launched at Fawley AFC


Starting in October 2018 Fawley AFC will run a 100 Club for supporters and club members in an effort to raise much needed funds for the club -- and each year, a prize pot totalling over £3,000 is paid out to lucky winners over 12 monthly draws. The money raised for the club is used to fund club activities such as referee fees, the purchase of equipment, insurance and facility repair costs.

Competition Rules

1. For a cost of £5 per month (i.e. per draw) or £60 for one year (for 12 draws) you will be  allocated one number between 001 and 100.

2. A draw will be made every month with a 1st and 2nd prize.

3. The monthly prize pot will total 50% of the monthly income.

4. This will be apportioned as: 1st prize of 30%, 2nd prize of 15%. The annual prize will take 5%.

5. An annual prize draw will be made at the end of every football season on the awards night.

6. The annual prize amount will be made up of 5% of every month’s total. (£300 based on 100 members).

7. The 100 Club is a private lottery and is open to all friends, supporters, volunteers and members of Fawley Association Football Club. Anyone aged 16 or over can join.

8. Payments must be made by standing order via bank transfer. One month's notice is required in writing for cancellation.

9. Members' numbers will only be entered in a monthly draw if their subscription is paid and up to date.

10. If a member has no valid reason for missing a payment, their number may be sold to someone on the reserve list.

11. The draw shall be made by the committee on the last home fixture of each month.

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15. Unless otherwise advised, a member will be deemed to have left the 100 Club if his/her subscription renewal remains unpaid for a period of one month.

16. If a winner cannot be contacted within six months of a winning draw, the winnings will be placed into club funds.



Fawley 8-0 QK Southampton - Match Report

Result: Fawley 8-0 QK Southampton

Goalscorers: Peter Southwick x4, Lewis Bailey x1, Mark Lilley x1, Ben Murphy x1, Zac Willis x1

Attendance: 32


1. Burch, 2. Keating, 3. Macleod, 4. Earl, 5. Macey, 6. Sayce, 7. Willis, 8. French, 9. Murphy, 10. Southwick, 11. Lilley, SUBS: 12. Buckthorpe, 14. Over, 15. Bailey, 16. Hawkins, 17. Taylor

The Oilers went goal crazy on Thursday night as they ran out 8-0 winners against Hampshire Premier side QK Southampton, their fourth pre-season friendly. 

QK Southampton started brightly forcing Lee Burch to make a couple of decent saves, the home side took 5 minutes to get a foothold in the game. QK went close to opening the scoring, but for an excellent stop by Burch low to his right, he then threw it out for the counter attack leading to Southwick getting through on goal. Beating the keeper to the ball and finishing from a tight angle to put the Oilers 1-0 up. 

Fawley took control of this game from then, still having to work off the ball and deal with the away sides hard work to get back in the game, but enjoyed much more of the ball and played through the thirds well. The second goal came from some very discipline shape and pouncing on a loose ball from their defenders, Zac Willis making his way to the edge of the box to blast home. 

Ben Murphy broke through on goal shortly after, a lovely weighted pass from Mark Lilley. Murphy took the ball close and slotted under the on rushing keeper. Mark Lilley then broke through on goal himself, first effort hitting the keeper, but tucked the rebound away. 


The second half continued where it left off, Fawley controlling the possession and keeping QK Southampton relatively quiet. Both teams made lots of substitutions which always effects the momentum and slows the game down. It took 20 minutes for the next goal of the game, this one courtesy of Peter Southwick, volleying from close distance into the far corner. 

Southwick completed his hat trick shortly after, broke through, just about beat the keeper to the ball, having to re-adjust himself to line up a shot and fired into the near post beating the retreating defenders and keeper.  

QK Southampton were still attacking and keeping the Fawley back line busy, without Burch having to make any saves in the second half, they still threw bodies forward. 

The 7th goal came from perhaps an unlikely source, another new face Lewis Bailey. Mark Lilley firing a low cross, evading everyone and eventually finding Bailey at the back post to tuck away.

In the final minutes of the game, Mark Lilley broke free yet again, this time in a wider position. He saw the run from his teammate Peter Southwick and squared him the ball for an open goal tap in. Southwick's 4th of the night. 

Next up for the first team, Training on Monday and Wednesday next week before and away friendly against Bournemouth Poppies on Saturday 28th July. 

The reserves are away to QK Southampton Reserves on Saturday and home to Milford on Monday night.

Fawley 2-1 Colden Common - Match Report

Result: Fawley 2-1 Colden Common

Goalscorers: Peter Southwick, Mike Macleod

Attendance: Approx 35


1. Burch, 2. Bailey, 3. Hawkins, 4. Earl, 5. Buckthorpe, 6. Rafferty, 7. Hartigan, 8. Green, 9. Murphy, 10. Bradley, 11. Lilley, SUBS: 12. Macey, 14. Southwick, 15. Semmens, 16. Bolton, 17. Keating, 18. Macleod

Fawley AFC came out on top 2-1 winners against Hampshire Premier Colden Common in last nights friendly fixture thanks to goals to new boys Peter Southwick and Michael Macleod. 

Both sides started off with a high tempo and clear attacking intent, Common getting the first chance on goal, but blazing over the bar. It was clear the away side were going to be no pushovers and it was also clear the referee was going to have a very busy night. 

The Oilers took control for a 10 minute spell, missing a couple of clear cut chances, having one goal ruled out for offside and then another effort blocked off the line. However it was Colden Common who took the lead, a free kick forcing a save from keeper Lee Burch only for the No2 to smash in the rebound. 

Fawley had to withstand some pressure after falling behind and were quite reliant on Burch making a few very good saves. Unfortunately the game took a turn for the worse shortly before half time, defender Matt Hawkins won his tackle, but a free kick was given. An reaction from the Common player caused all players to get involved, eventually leading to a yellow for Matt Hawkins and a straight red for the away No10. 

The game was already quite stop start with many fouls being given, some very soft and some justified. The second half saw much of the same, rarely did a single minute go by without a foul being given. Colden Common were much deeper this half, as you would normally expect with 10 men, but happy to break forward when the time was right. Fawley enjoyed much more of the ball and had the exercise of breaking them down for the leveler now. 

Mark Lilley, Peter Keating, Reece Macey, Martin Buckthorpe had all had very good chances to level things up as chance after chance was being squandered. Mark Lilley had a goal ruled out for offside, Ben Murphy had two ruled out for offside.

The first goal came from Peter Southwick, bursting with a late run into the box, one on one with the keeper and very calmly tucking his chance away. The second from another new addition, left back Mike Macleod, getting on the end of a delightful through ball from Dan Semmens and again easily slotting home. 

The referee blew the final whistle and The Oilers came out on top of what was a very physical and difficult test. Next up they face QK Southampton on Thursday at Home, 7:45pm KO. 

Reserves Fixtures Released

The Wyvern Combination opening fixtures have been released and Fawley AFC Reserves can now look forward to their season opener on Friday 10th August at The Waterside Club. 

The reserves have shown positive signs of improvements so far in pre-season with a new hands on manager in place (Steve Griffiths), his assistant (Matthew Fredericks) and an some new young players impressing. They have beaten Lyndhurst 2-0 and Locks Heath 2-1 in their opening pre-season fixtures and will face QK Southampton Reserves this Saturday away at Lords Hill Rec. 

Lymington Town Reserves will be their first opposition on Friday 10th August at The Waterside Club and Friday 17th August they will be hosting Totton & Eling Reserves. A small break in fixtures due to the FA Cup schedule means their next fixture will be Saturday 1st September, home to Ringwood Town Reserves. 


Friday 10th August 2018 - Fawley Reserves vs Lymington Town Reserves

Friday 17th August 2018 - Fawley Reserves vs Totton & Eling Reserves

Saturday 1st September 2018 - Fawley Reserves vs Ringwood Town Reserves


Fawley 1-2 Blackfield & Langley / Match Report

Result: Fawley 1-2 Blackfield & Langley

Goalscorers: Ben Murphy / Liam Robinson & Dylan Knight

Attendance: Approx 55


1. Page, 2. Keating, 3. Buckthorpe, 4. Earl, 5. Macey, 6. Sayce, 7. Bolton, 8. Hartigan, 9. Murphy, 10. Bradley, 11. Lilley - Subs: 12. Hawkins, 14. Southwick, 15. Macleod, 16. Grant, 17. Munday

Fawley played their second pre-season friendly last night against neighbours Blackfield & Langley at The Waterside Club. The newly promoted Southern League side won the Wessex Premier Division last season and have been promoted to the Southern League, they proved too strong in the end running out 2-1 winners. 

Both teams started brightly and with plenty of energy, but there was an early injury scare for Oiler Mark Lilley after a late challenge on his knee saw him receive treatment. Blackfield didn't allow Fawley much time on the ball and closed down all over the pitch, despite this The OIlers did manage to string together some nice stuff and play through the thirds. 

Blackfield created the best opening chances, some dangerous crosses and successions of corners. Jonathan Page was forced into a double save midway through the half from close range, otherwise the Fawley back four and midfield were very resolute and proving difficult to break down. 

Elliot Earl had the best chance to open the scoring, a scramble in the Blackfield penalty area and the ball eventually fell to Earl from close range, forcing Lewis Noice into an excellent reaction save. 

It was Blackfield who took the lead just before half time, a quick throwing caught the oilers defence off guard. The ball was played into Liam Robinson who fired from the edge of the box, took a deflection and lobbed keeper Jonathan Page at the far post. 

HT 0-1

Both sides made changes around 5 minutes into the second half. A familiar face of Dylan Knight coming on for Blackfield & Langley. Peter Southwick who impressed last week for Fawley came on for the injured Mark Lilley.

It became apparent that Fawley keeper Jonathan Page was struggling with an heel injury and was very limited on his movement, during the rush to get Lee Burch ready to replace him, Blackfield doubled their lead, Dylan Knight tapping in a cross from close range. 

Lee Burch replaced the injured Jonathan Page and young Michael Macleod replaced Buckthorpe. 

Fawley were chasing a 2-0 deficit with 55 minutes on the clock, but were still patient on and off the ball and it paid off. Ben Murphy had been disciplined all game with his positioning waiting for the right moments to press and this time he dispossessed the Blackfield defender, getting in on goal, rounding the keeper and slotting home. 

Nick Grant and Tom Munday both came on, both offering pace and fresh legs in attack. Both linked  up nicely on a counter attack within minutes, Tom Munday eventually being fouled in the box and the referee awarding a penalty. Declan Hartigan stepped up, but his effort was saved by Lewis Noice. 

Matt Hawkins came on for the last 20 minutes and replaced Dane Sayce. 

Fawley pressed for an equalizer, the impressive Ollie Bradley as always finding extra energy late on to drive Fawley forward, his pace and delivery from wide areas kept Blackfield busy. However Blackfield were testing Lee Burch who had to make a few saves and were very lively in the wide areas. 

The game finished 2-1 to Blackfield, the away side will be happy with the workout and satisfied with the good test Fawley offered on the night. Injuries to Mark Lilley and Jonathan Page will have to be assessed and we hope both are nothing serious.

Next up is Colden Common on Monday night at The Waterside Club. 

FA Vase and Hampshire Senior Cup Draws & Dates

Fawley AFC have been drawn away to Calne Town FC from the Western League in the First Qualifying Round. 

The winners will then be away to Hamworthy United or Amesbury Town in the Second Qualifying Round. The fixture against Calne Town will take place on Saturday 1st September and the next round Saturday 15th September. 

Last year Fawley progressed through the first qualifying round beating Laverstock & Ford 2-1 away, before losing out to Swanage Town and Herston 3-2 in the second qualifying round. 

The Hampshire Senior Cup draw has caught the attention for most by drawing Fawley AFC at home to Hythe & Dibden FC in the first round. This fixture will take place on Tuesday 21st August and will be a 7:45pm kick off. If one "Waterside Derby" was not enough then no problem, because the second round will see the winners host Blackfield and Langley. 

Ben Murphy scores the late winner against Hythe & Didben last season

Ben Murphy scores the late winner against Hythe & Didben last season



Fawley 2-1 Sholing Match Report

Result: Fawley 2-1 Sholing

Goalscorers: Ben Murphy & Peter Southwick / Lee Wort

Attendance: Approx 40

Fawley AFC begin their pre-season schedule with a victory over Sholing FC last night at The Waterside Club. The Boatmen started off much stronger and made life difficult for the Oilers, winning the ball back quickly and getting forward in numbers. They created a few chances, but failed to hit the target or cause keeper Lee Burch too much trouble. The defenders were very busy however and knew they were in for a long night. 

Against the run of play Ollie Bradley broke away on the counter attack and played Ben Murphy through on goal. He rounded the goalkeeper and finished calmly into the empty net despite the very tight angle. Fawley improved for the remainder of the half without creating much, but limited the Sholing attacks. Lee Wort did break through on goal and went down under a challenge from a Fawley defender, the referee however turned down the protests and deemed it a good tackle.

HT 1-0 

Sholing pegged Fawley deep into their half immediately and didn't take long to level things up. A long ball was cleared by Reece Macey who had a Sholing player behind him in an offside positing and striker Lee Wort smashed a volley from 20 yards into the top corner. The linesman flagged for offside, but after consultation with the referee, the goal was given. 

That lead did not last long, less than 5 minutes later the superb Ollie Bradley broke away again from deep into his own half, took Sholing defender on Pete Castle and left him with ease. Making his way to the byline for a cross to the back post for new boy Peter Southwick to tap home. 

The hero for the last 15 minutes was goalkeeper Lee Burch who made an outstanding save low to his right to keep out a header from close range. Late in the game Martin Buckthorpe got too close the sharp shooter Dan Mason and subsequently dragged him down in the box, a penalty awarded to Sholing. Kevin Brewster stepped up, but Lee Burch made another top save. 

FT 2-1