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.
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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.
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.
Jonathan Page, Lee Burch, Tom Parker-Trott (AFC Bournemouth Loanee)
Dane Sayce, Matt Hawkins, Pete Keating, Martin Buckthorpe, Reece Macey, Chris Lucas, Lewis Bailey, Mike Macleod, Tom Rafferty
Elliot Earl, Steven Green, Declan Hartigan, Adam French, Pete Southwick, Ben Keens, Harry Hawkins, Ollie Bradley
Ben Bolton, Mark Lilley, Craig Shellard, Neil Williams, Zac Willis, Daniel Mockridge
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
Mike Macleod 7
Steven Green 3
Mark Lilley 2
Ollie Bradley 1
Ben Bolton 1
Harry Hawkins 1
Pete Keating 1