Sydenhams League Fixtures Released

The Sydenhams Wessex Division One fixtures up to mid December were released last night after the annual AGM held at The Novatel Southampton.

Fawley were already aware of a league opener at home to Downton Friday 2nd August, but now have half of their fixtures, including confirmed cup dates. One draw being made already is the Sydenhams League Cup, Lymington Town will visit The Aliport Arena in the first round on Wednesday 28th August.

The second league game will be away to Whitchurch United, a team that done the double over The Oilers last season, then a Waterside Derby against Hythe & Dibden the Wednesday after at home.

Fixtures Below:

Friday 2nd August 2019 - Downton - 7:45pm KO - The Aliport Arena

Saturday 10th August 2019 - Whitchurch United - 3:00pm KO - Longmeadow

Wednesday 14th August 2019 - Hythe & Dibden - 7:45pm KO - The Aliport Arena

Saturday 17th August 2019 - Andover Town - 3:00pm KO - Portway Stadium

Friday 23rd August 2019 - Ringwood Town - 7:45pm KO - The Aliport Arena

Wednesday 28th August 2019 - Lymington Town - 7:45pm KO - The Aliport Arena (Sydenhams League Cup)

Saturday 31st August 2019 - The FA Vase

Saturday 7th September 2019 - US Portsmouth - 3:00pm KO - Victory Stadium

Saturday 14th September 2019 - The FA Vase

Saturday 21st September 2019 - Pewsey Vale - 3:00pm KO - The Aliport Arena

Saturday 28th September 2019 - Laverstock & Ford - 3:00pm KO - The Dell

Saturday 5th October 2019 - Verwood Town - 3:00pm KO - Potterne Park

Saturday 12th October 2019 - Newport IOW - 3:00pm KO - Beatrice Avenue (East Cowes)

Wednesday 16th October 2019 - Follands Sports - 3:00pm KO - The Aliport Arena

Saturday 19th October 2019 - Alton - 3:00pm KO - Anstey Park Enclosure

Saturday 26th October 2019 - Totton & Eling - 3:00pm KO - The Aliport Arena

Saturday 2nd November 2019 - Romsey Town - 3:00pm KO - The Bypass Ground

Saturday 9th November 2019 - Bemerton Heath Harlequins - 3:00pm KO - Moon Park

Saturday 16th November 2019 - East Cowes Victoria - 3:00pm KO - The Aliport Arena

Saturday 23rd November 2019 - Petersfield Town - 3:00pm KO - The Aliport Arena

Saturday 30th November 2019 - Andover New Street - 3:00pm KO - Foxcotte Park

Saturday 7th December 2019 - New Milton Town - 3:00pm KO - Fawcetts Field

Fawley Welcome The Robins

Fawley AFC have been handed a Sydenhams Wessex League opener for 2019/20, home to Downton FC on Friday 2nd August 2019 at The Aliport Arena.

A welcome sight for The Oilers after the past two seasons facing away fixtures on the opening day, Andover New Street 2017/18 and East Cowes Victoria 2018/19. Although no fixture is considered an easy one in this division, especially where Fawley are concerned, losing 17 of their 36 fixtures last season.

Downton finished 7th, four places above Fawley and early signs suggests both teams have retained the same squad of players. This fixture last season saw the home side win 3-2, their fist league win of that campaign after drawing the opener against East Cowes and then losing to Verwood, Romsey and Amesbury. Zac Willis, Ben Murphy and Declan Hartigan were the scorers for Fawley, whilst Matt Steer and Liam Dance netted for The Robins. Paul Gulliver did miss a penalty late on for the away side.

The reverse fixture later in the season saw Fawley win 5-1 at The Brian Whitehead Sports Ground, in a match dominated by referee decisions. The Oilers had three first half penalties awarded, Mark Lilley converting all three. Ben Rankin with a rocket of a goal in between, saw a 4-0 half time away lead. Matt Steer was given his marching orders for dissent towards the referee second half, Tom Munday added a fifth and Ben Smith for Downton converted their own penalty late on. Another note worthy of a mention is Fawley did not have a recognized goalkeeper this match, central defender Tom Rafferty had to step in very short notice.

If last seasons two fixtures are anything to go by for this fixture, you can expect plenty of goals, a busy match official and a few penalty shouts.

The opening fixtures were released as follows:

Friday August 2nd 
Division One
Fawley AFC v Downton

Saturday August 3rd 
Premier Division
AFC Portchester v Shaftesbury
AFC Stoneham v Portland United
Alresford Town v Cowes Sports
Amesbury Town v Baffins Milton Rovers
Bashley v Fleet Town
Brockenhurst v Tadley Calleva
Fareham Town v Bournemouth
Hamble Club v Christchurch
Horndean v Lymington Town
Solent University v Hamworthy United
Division One
Alton v Pewsey Vale
Andover New Street v U.S. Portsmouth
Andover Town v Totton & Eling
Bemerton Heath Harlequins v New Milton Town
Hythe & Dibden v Whitchurch United
Laverstock & Ford v Petersfield Town
Newport IoW v Verwood Town
Ringwood Town v East Cowes Vics
Romsey Town v Folland Sports

Reserve Team Management 2019/20

We are delighted to confirm the Reserves Management Team for next season at Fawley AFC.

Matt Payne comes in as the Manager, Kaine Stanton will be his assistant and Jack Crane will be a coach.

Matt Payne

Matt Payne

Matt Payne has been the reserve team manager at Totton & Eling FC the past two seasons. His team played in the Wyvern West Division where they finished 5th in 2017/18 & 3rd in 2018/19.

League Stats over the two seasons:

Played: 50 - Won 27 - Draw 5 - Lost 18

Goals For 130 - Goals Against 102

We recognized that Matt put together a very young team and got them playing progressive, attacking football consistently. The prospect of him replicating this at Fawley is exciting for everyone at the club.

Kaine Stanton joins as the Assistant Reserve Team Manager (Pictures to follow). Most recently been playing for Totton & Eling and Hythe & Dibden, but has been recovering from an ACL injury since. Last season he started working with Matt Payne and became very highly regarded.

Jack Crane joins as the Reserve Team Coach (Pictures to follow) and is a local waterside lad currently doing his badges and sports science at University. Currently coaching at Marchwood Rangers Youth, he wanted to get involved with mens football and progress himself as a coach. His enthusiasm for the role and hands on approach will be welcome.

First Team Management 2019/20

We are delighted to confirm the first team management for next season at Fawley AFC.

Lee Shepherd remains as first team co manager and will now be joined by Steve Griffiths who will step up from the reserve team. Joe Young will be the first team coach and Hayley Payne is our sports rehabilitation specialist.

Lee Shepherd has been a player, reserve manager, first team assistant manager and the past 18 months first team co manager. He is also an integral part to the committee and his connections with the current squad, high standards of discipline, attention to detail is important going forward.

Steve Griffiths has done an excellent job in the reserves last season. His main players were instantly in the first team squad and have developed really well, he’s gathered a group of players and finished a respectable 5th in the Wyvern West Division. The biggest achievement is winning the JSMS Shield Trophy, any silverware is a very rare sight at Fawley. His man management and motivation skills will make him an excellent co manager with Lee.

Joe Young has joined from Sholing Reserves, a club with an excellent reputation for developing players and coaching staff. He’s hungry to push himself higher and take on more responsibility. He’ll get to work closely with the first team, developing players and himself whilst he’s continuing his badges. Certain to be a very useful asset for the club this upcoming season.

Hayley Payne stepped in late last season offering a helping hand in first aid and rehabilitation. She is in her final year at university studying Physiotherapy and has offered he services as a Specialist in Rehabilitation for the upcoming season. Already settled in with the squad and enjoying being part of the team, she is a very welcome addition to the club.

Fawley AFC - New Ground Name Deal 2019/20

Fawley AFC have agreed a new ground name deal with Aliport Structures Ltd for the 2019/20 season.

Aliport Structures are very valued partners of Fawley AFC and last season sponsored the reserves, their support aided our reserves throughout the season.

They will now be the ground name sponsors for the upcoming season and feature on all official FA, Hampshire FA, Sydenhams League and Wyvern League documentation. As well as all Fawley AFC Media Platforms.

The new ground name will be “The Aliport Arena” and will be in effect from 1st June 2019 ready for pre-season. We look forward to welcoming them to fixtures and developing a closer working relationship in the near future.

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More About Aliport

“Since 1983, the team at Aliport have been designing, manufacturing and installing high quality external canopies, carports and other aluminium structures for domestic customers throughout England and Wales. 

Our dedicated team will help you to choose the best solution for your available space and budget, ensuring you choose a product that will meet all your needs. 

Our structures are all designed to comply with all relevant Codes of Practice, as well as conforming to Building Regulations to ensure you receive a high quality product, expertly finished. “

Domestic Enquiries: Tel: 0800 141 3959 | Fax: 01794 830200 |

Head Office: The Old Nursery, Ashfield, Romsey, Southampton Hampshire 

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Fawley Reserves win the JSMS Cup!

A first half Tom Munday header was enough to seal the win against Poole Town Reserves on Friday night at Clayfields.

The Oilers spent much of the game without possession against a very slick Poole Town squad who moved the ball around very well. Fawley were organised, well drilled and countered superbly.

Video Highlights courtesy of TBTV can be found here:

Photos are courtesy of Elisha Boothman Photography.

Reserve Manager Steve Griffiths - Cup Final

Fawley AFC Reserves go up against Poole Town Development tonight in the John Stimpson Memorial Shield Final host at Clayfields, 7:45pm KO.

Reserve manager Steve Griffiths gives his thoughts ahead of the match:

“Game day has arrived. We have had a couple of weeks to prepare for this game, due to the Wyvern League West Division finishing quite early this season. We arranged a friendly against Downton Reserves which has given me a good look at the squad and in turn give the players valuable minutes.

This week we’ve had a good training session focusing on the tactical side and a few set pieces. The lads are really buzzing for the occasion and as a young group, most of whom have only played together this season, what they have accomplished is excellent for the club.

Please come along tonight, support the team, make a little noise and lets see if they can lift the trophy”

Venue: Hythe & Dibden FC, Clayfields, Claypits Lane, Dibden, Southampton, SO45 5TN,

Kick Off: 7:45pm

Clubhouse open from 6:30pm - Burger Bar


Fawley Reserves Road to JSMS Cup Final

Fawley Reserves face Poole Town Reserves this Friday night at Clayfields in the John Stimpson Memorial Shield Final.

After finishing 5th in the Wyvern West Division, manager Steve Griffiths and his lads will be desperate to finish the season off with some silverware. Something the club rarely achieves from either squad.

Poole Town Reserves play in the Wyvern Midweek Premier Division, finishing 7th with their points tally much closer to the bottom end than the top. Though the division is arguably more competitive and they have played some senior sides this season and looked a very talented group of players.

Here is Fawley previous results in this competition that led them to the final:

4th December 2018

Winchester City Reserves 1-4 Fawley Reserves / Tom Munday x3, James Jex

2nd February 2019

New Milton Town Reserves 2-2 Fawley Reserves / Shaun Auger, Billy Drever / Fawley won 4-3 on Penalties

20th March 2019

Fawley Reserves 4-2 Sholing Reserves / Shaquille Unaka x2. Pete Southwick, Taylor Robinson

2nd April 2019

Fawley Reserves 4-1 Totton & Eling Reserves / Billy Lawrence x2, Jordan Hooper, Jacob Sheath

Fawley Lotto Annual £250.00 Cash Prize!

Fawley AFC carried out the lotto draw for April at the presentation night and also the annual draw for £250.00 for one lucky winner.

A good weekend for Rich Coxall who on Friday masterminded a legends victory and then saturday night his number 49 was drawn for the annual lotto draw, bagging him £250.00 in cash.

First place for April was no2 Pete Keating winning £95.00 and second place was no43 Dave Goodyer winning £60.00.

It only costs £5.00 per month to take part and you will support our club through all the financial challenges we face and also have a fair chance of winning cash prizes yourself. Winning just once will pay for you to play for 12 months and more!

You can view the previous winners by Clicking Here.


Join the Fawley Lotto Club by Clicking Here.

Fawley AFC Presentation Night 2018/19

Fawley AFC held their presentation night on Saturday 27th April at The Old Mill, with Tom Rafferty dominating the first team awards.

First Team Awards:

Managers Player - Tom Rafferty

Players Player - Tom Rafferty

Supporters Player - Tom Rafferty

Young Player - Mike Macleod

Golden Boot - Mark Lilley

Reserve Awards:

Managers Player - Billy Lawrence

Players Player - Jacob Sheath

Golden Boot - Shaquille Unaka

Clubman of the Year:

Lee Shepherd

First Team Milestone Appearances:

100 Appearances - Martin Buckthorpe

300 Appearances - Elliot Earl

Oustanding Contributions:

Neil Winter

Darren Winter

Steve Griffiths

Charlie Ward

Hayley Payne

Scott Johnston

Fawley Legends Match a Success!

Everyone associated with Fawley AFC is very grateful for the support at our fundraising event last night, which in total raised over £900.00 towards our off season projects.

A good crowd enjoyed an entertaining match between the current Fawley side and the Fawley Legends, which saw the Legends run out 4-2 winners on the night. Dave Downie produced the goal of the night, with Ian Moor, Callum Earl and Tommy Hardiman all getting on the score sheet also. Zac Willis with a brace for the current Fawley side.

The game was played in great spirit and everyone enjoyed seeing many of the old faces around the ground once again. A few pictures below with many more to come.

Fawley 2018/19 Warming Up

Fawley 2018/19 Warming Up

Fawley Legends

Fawley Legends

Both squads before kick-off

Both squads before kick-off

Captains and Steve Griffiths present Jason Mansbridge with an Outstanding Contribution Award

Captains and Steve Griffiths present Jason Mansbridge with an Outstanding Contribution Award

Fawley Under 16's Players Wanted 2019/20 Season

Fawley AFC Under 16’s are currently looking for additional players for the 2019/20 Season. If your child is currently Year 10, moving to Year 11 in September (Turn 16 before August 2020), please contact us by email:

Coaches are DBS Checked and Qualified. The team will be affiliated with Fawley AFC and share all facilities and equipment at the main ground.

Management & Coaching Opportunities at Fawley AFC

Fawley AFC are seeking several new additions to the coaching senior coaching setup for the 2019/20 season. Including a new reserve team management team, first team coach and goalkeeping coach.

Fawley AFC has made good progress off the pitch the past 18 months with brand new floodlights booked for installation, improved facilities and large investments on the main pitch. A brand new building with changing and clubhouse facilities is in the pipeline, whilst the committee work tirelessly off the pitch to support both football teams.

We require a first team coach and goalkeeper coach to join the first team in the Sydenhams Wessex One Division and work alongside Lee Shepherd and Steve Griffiths, being an integral part of the club.

We also require a complete new reserve team management to take on our second team and help develop players for the first team. The reserve team will play in the Wyvern Combination West Division next season and the management team will work together with the first team all season to get the best out of both squads.

All applicants for the positions to email their interest to

Fawley AFC Legends Match

Fawley AFC will be hosting a fund raising match in aid of off season ground renovations, including new floodlights, wastage tank and pitch maintenance.

The fixture will take place on Friday 26th April 2019 at our ground, 7:45pm KO. Entry will be £3.00 each and all money raised on the night, including raffles and bar takings will go towards our off season fund.

Richard Coxall will manage and raise a side featuring ex Fawley AFC players, the list is as follows:

Den Wheeler, Dan Gilroy, Dave Downie, Simon Davidson, Jimmy Dickens, Callum Earl, Pete Sleep, Kieran Earl, James Fry, Alex Bracher, Shane Renyard, Ian Moore, Tommy Hardiman, Dan Mockridge, Lewis Ross, Paul Pallister, Darren Clark, Aaron Jennings, Sam Burrow. Jay Jennings, Steve Pester

They will wear the traditional home kit of light blue and navy.

Fawley will put out a mixed side from the first team and reserves managed my Lee Shepherd and Steve Griffiths. Wearing the current away kit of White and Red.


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!