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

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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.

Floodlights

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.

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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.

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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

Goalkeepers:

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

Defenders:

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

Midfielders:

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

Strikers:

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

HELP RAISE MONEY FOR THE OILERS AND WIN SOME CASH AT THE SAME TIME!

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.

12. Winners' payments will be sent via cheque to the address on your membership application, or via bank transfer, within one week of the draw.

13. The name and numbers for each month's winners will be posted on the club's social media accounts and our website.

14. The 100 Club will be run by the Club Committee. In case of any dispute the decision of the Committee is final.

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.

 

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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

Line-up:

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. 

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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

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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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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