Fawley 2-1 Colden Common - Match Report

Result: Fawley 2-1 Colden Common

Goalscorers: Peter Southwick, Mike Macleod

Attendance: Approx 35

Line-up:

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

Line-up:

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

 

Fawley vs Sholing / Preview

Fawley AFC will play their first pre-season friendly tonight as they host Sholing FC at The Waterside Club. 

The boatmen finished third in the Sydenhams Premier Division last season with a very talented/experienced squad. The Oilers hosted this fixture last year which saw The Boatmen leave 2-0 winners, goals courtesy of Barry Mason and Bradey Norton. 

 Photo's from Sholing FC

Photo's from Sholing FC

Fawley did play Sholing again during the season in the Sydenhams League Cup Semi Final, again at home. On this occasion The Oilers caused an upset with a 2-1 victory to seal a place in the cup final. Ollie Bradley and Ben Bolton scoring a goal each in the first half, before Dan Mason found the net midway through the second half. 

 

 Credit to Bob Abbot

Credit to Bob Abbot

Team news for Fawley AFC

Notable absentees tonight will be Mark Lilley, Steven Green, Jonathan Page, Adam French, Aaron Lucas due to work and holidays. Chris Lucas is still a few months away from full recovery after breaking his leg last season. 

Squad: 

Lee Burch (GK) - Dane Sayce - Matthew Hawkins - Peter Keating - Martin Buckthorpe - Reece Macey - Lewis Bailey - Elliot Earl - Declan Hartigan - Daniel Semmens - Peter Southwick - Ben Keen - Harry Hawkins - Ollie Bradley - Ben Murphy - Ben Bolton - Zac Willis

2018-19 Fixtures Released

Fawley AFC will open their Sydenhams League campaign with an away trip to the IOW to face East Cowes Victoria on Saturday 4th August 2018.

Our first home fixture will be against Romsey Town on Tuesday 14th August whilst our first home Saturday fixture will be on the 8th September against Petersfield Town. The first Waterside Derby against neighbors Hythe & Dibden will be at Clayfields on Saturday 1st December.

The Sydenhams League Cup draw has been made and we will host either Ringwood Town or Baffins Milton Rovers in the Second Round. 

We will not know if we have been accepted into the FA Cup until early July. 

Other Cup Competitions to be drawn: 

The FA Vase

Hampshire Senior Cup

Southampton Senior Cup

Russell Cotes Cup

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Fawley Pre-Season Begins

Fawley AFC have officially begun their pre-season training this week on Tuesday 19th and Thursday 21st June at the ground. We have seen many of the senior players return and also many new faces interested in joining the club, first team or reserves. 

Last seasons investment in brand new full size goals on the second pitch has paid dividends for training sessions, especially for the goalkeepers. UEFA B Coach Paul Carr has already put goalkeepers through their paces on Tuesday night. Outfield players have been putting in the shifts with high intensity interval training drills and then enjoying plenty of ball work in each session so far. 

 The Pre-Season Schedule for 2018/19

The Pre-Season Schedule for 2018/19

Fawley AFC Presentation Night 2017-18

Fawley held their 2017-18 presentation evening on Saturday 2nd June at The Old Mill. 

The awards were as follows.

First Team Managers Player of The Year: Ollie Bradley

 Ollie Bradley & Co Manager Lee Shepherd

Ollie Bradley & Co Manager Lee Shepherd

First Team Players Player: Jon Page

 Jon Page & Co Manager Lee Shepherd

Jon Page & Co Manager Lee Shepherd

Supporters Player of the Year: Steven Green

 Steven Green & Chairman Kevin Mitchell

Steven Green & Chairman Kevin Mitchell

First Team Golden Boot: Ben Bolton

Clubman of the Year: Scott Johnston

150+ Appearances: Matthew Hawkins

250+ Appearances: Elliot Earl

Outstanding Contributions: Lee Shepherd, Martin Johnston, Dane Sayce

Lifetime Service Award: Barry Draper

Lifetime Service Award: Jeff Oliver

Reserves Managers Player of the Year: Adam Freeman

Reserves Players Player of the Year: Adam Freeman

Reserves Golden Boot: Craig Shellard

 Aaron Fry & Adam Freeman

Aaron Fry & Adam Freeman

New Pitch Maintenance Deal Agreed

Fawley are delighted to announce a new pitch maintenance deal has been agreed with the Fawley Parish Council Grounds Team and the work will start as early as next week. 

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Since the closure of the Waterside Sports & Social Club in December 2016, Fawley AFC have had to take on the regular maintenance work themselves. Committee members and players having to learn quickly as they volunteered roles from grass cutting to seeding in the off season. 

Last season Fawley Parish Council came in around midway and begun the basics whilst the club was trying to get on it's feet financially after the early floodlight issues drained all resources. However we have now re-negotiated what works will be carried out and are pleased to share with almost everything available will be done. 

We are confident that our pitch condition will improve dramatically in terms of playing surface and grass coverage.

  • Verti-Draining throughout the season
  • Scarification 
  • Pitch Fertilizing in the Summer & Winter
  • Weedkilling
  • Top Dressing
  • Seeding
  • More regular cuts
  • More regular markings 

The Fawley Parish Council Grounds Team have good man power and are all very passionate with their work carried out. The latest equipment and very knowledgeable staff.  A prime example is Blackfield & Langley's pitch which they look after, widely regarded as one of the better pitches between both Wessex Divisions in recent memory.

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First Team Pre-Season Schecule

We're pleased to say our pre-season friendlies have been scheduled already for the first team. 

Wednesday 4th July 2018 - Sholing FC - Home

Wednesday 11th July 2018 - Blackfield & Langley - Home

Monday 16th July 2018 - Colden Common - Home

Friday 20th July 2018 - QK Southampton - Home

Saturday 28th July 2018 - Bournemouth - Away

Tuesday 31st July 2018 - Bemerton Heath - Away

New Reserve Team Manager Announced

We’re delighted to welcome Steve Griffiths to the club as our new Reserve Team Manager.

He joins the club after many successful years with Athletico Romsey FC, beginning in Southampton Junior 7 winning promotion after promotion, to winning the Southampton Premier Division last Saturday.

Steve was also Chairman and dealt with many responsibilities off the pitch, including creating additional sides and attracting sponsorship opportunities.

Welcome to the club Steve!

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Sponsorship for 2018/19 Season at Fawley AFC

We are an established non-league football club based in Holbury, Southampton.  We are currently looking for sponsors and if it were possible we would very much welcome the opportunity to speak to you about this. We are run by volunteers and are an   completely self funded sports team of which all funds go towards running costs and continual improvements where possible.

It's been a well documented difficult time for everyone involved with Waterside Sports and Social club, none more so than the staff who lost their jobs overnight. Despite this set back, there has been an enormous amount of effort by some highly motivated individuals to keep the sports clubs functioning for the whole community (cricket, bowls and tennis too) which is a huge asset to not just current members, but future generations too.

This means that with the continued help from businesses in the community we can continue to offer a good level of non league football to play and watch in the area with a team made up of  local players from the Waterside, most of which brought up from our very large youth setup.

The key factors with Fawley AFC are community and youth. The waterside community have rallied together and help save the sports clubs from extinction. The youth can continue to enjoy and develop their football from the ages of seven all the way up to adults. Please take the time to review just a small number of options below where your business can sponsor us. The help is invaluable and the club volunteers will go the extra mile to ensure your business gets full value for their contribution.