Fawley were well beaten by Baffins Milton Rovers on Wednesday night at The Waterside Club, 3-0 the final score. Being knocked out the cup wasn’t quite the worst part of the night.
The Oilers squad is packed with injuries at the moment and it was decided a large rotation of players would be used with sights firmly set on Saturday.
Unfortunately due to some very unexpected circumstances a very late withdrawal meant a change of lineup an hour before KO and then an injury in the warm up meant another change 15 minutes before KO. A further injury before HT and the planned protection of players was firmly out of the window.
To compound the home sides misery, Baffins are a very good attacking side and were in the mood to play. Pegging Fawley deep into their own half, in the first 10 minutes it was wave after wave of attacks, some luck played it’s part and some good defending. Fawley weathered that early storm.
Dan Mockridge was a lone figure in the Oilers attack and wasn’t getting much support, the game did even out for a spell and it took the away side around the half hour mark to open the scoring. A corner kick was whipped in, met by the Baffins attacker, although it appeared to be cleared off the line by defender Pete Keating. The far linesman flagged convinced it had crossed. Spectators nearby were convinced it was not a goal, but no one truly knew, at this level you got to trust the judgement of the officials.
Fawley created their best chance of the match just after going behind, breaking in out wide and a superb cross from Pete Keating fired past everyone in the six yard box by inches. It was Baffins who got the next goal, pouncing on some sloppy play and then crossing into the box. It looked a miss-hit but Reece Macey had missed his clearance allowing the baffins forward to fire the second goal. Baffins had so many attacks it was inevitable a mistake would eventually come, an injury to Dane Sayce came to light also.
HT Fawley 0-2 Baffins Milton Rovers
Dane Sayce has to come off injured at half time. With top scorer Zac Willis already pulling up injured in the warm up, numbers were stretched. New addition Billy Lawrence slotted into defence and Lee Burch, previously in Midfield was moved up to support Dan Mockridge.
The comeback plan did not go to plan though. Baffins played some very slick and high tempo stuff and on this occasion cut Fawley open with ease. The no10 DART got in behind and blasted a half volley into the net, effectively killing any revival ambitions early on.
The game went rather flat after that for long spells. Some feisty challenges from both sides and Fawley spending most of the second half defending their lines. Most teams will come up with the same cliches after defeats or find excuses. Baffins were the a very good team and thoroughly deserved their victory on the night.
FT Fawley 0-3 Baffins Milton Rovers
Fawley Line Up:
Parker-Trott, 2. Keating, 3. Buckthorpe, 4. Burch, 5. Sayce, 6, Macey, 7, Bradley, 8. Hartigan, 9. Southwick, 10. Mockridge, 11. Macleod,
Subs: 12. Earl, 14. Willis, 17. Lawrence