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.
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.