Fawley pulled off a surprise result in Wessex Division One on Saturday afternoon when they beat league leaders Amesbury Town 2-0, courtesy of goals from Tom Munday and Zac Willis.
The Oilers bounced back with an impressive 2-0 victory on Saturday, the result may have surprised many amongst the division, taking into account Amesbury have scored 70 goals in only 21 league games this season, it’s actually the first time they’ve failed to score in the league.
Line up: 1. Page, 2. Keating, 3. Macleod, 4. Lawrence, 5. Rafferty, 6. Macey, 7. Munday, 8. French, 9. Southwick, 10. Earl, 11. Willis / Subs: 12. Sheath, 14. Rankin, 15. Crouch
Nine regular starters were missing on Saturday, so responsibility fell on the shoulders of some of the younger and less experienced members of the squad. They all took it on their stride an impressed with a high energy performance. Straight from the start Amesbury enjoyed more of the possession, but it was under pressure at all times with the relentless pressing from Munday, Southwick and Willis. Followed up by the midfield three of Earl, Lawrence and French. Amesbury hit the woodwork and forced Page into a good save, but Fawley took the lead through Tom Munday, an excellent left footed curling effort into the top corner.
Second half Amesbury moved their centre back up top and went with a more direct approach, defenders Reece Macey and Tom Rafferty were on top of their game to deal with this threat. Zac Willis doubled the lead on the hour mark, some clever play from Adam French saw him get into the box wide right and fizz a ball across goal for Zac to head home.
Fawley had to survive a fair bit of pressure in the last 20 minutes, seeing the woodwork hit again and Jonathan Page pulling off some crucial saves, punches, whilst commanding the back line. Playing on the counter meant Fawley maintained a goal threat themselves and managed to keep the ball in the Amesbury final third to relieve some pressure.
Victory puts Fawley into 8th place in the league, though it’s very tight between 7th and 15th. They travel to Newport IOW on Saturday who currently occupy 7th place.