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.