The Oilers final pre season friendly was a trip down the road to Clayfields rec to visit neighbours Hythe and Dibden with the Waterside Friendly Cup at stake for the second time, Hythe winning on penalties last season.
Alfie Cole opened the Oilers scoring as the ball fell nicely in the penalty area and Alfie obliged by striking one into the top corner. It ended all square at the break as a well directed Tom Switzer header found the bottom corner from a Steven Green cross. Hythe regained the lead early in the second half as a Steven Green lofted pass caught the Fawley defence flat footed and a low cross found an unmarked Lilley to tap home at the far post. A foul on Lewis Ross on the left side of the Hythe penalty area allowed Dane Sayce to whip a low ball along the six yard box for an unattended Dan Fry to bundle it home to draw level. The introduction of Kieran Roche upfront alongside Fry was a turning point as his pace started to cause a tiring Hythe defence problems and a lofted ball downfield led to some confusion between the Hythe defence and Kieran put his body on the line to beat them to it and head home for 3-2. With minutes remaining another purposeful Lewis Ross run and shot led to a handball on the line which in a competitive game you'd hope the referee would've pulled the cards out for! Dan Fry stepped up and rifled home into the roof of the net to end the game 4-2 and setting the Oilers up nicely for Tuesdays first Wessex premier league game against Bournemouth Poppies.
Video highlights courtesy of South Coast Journalism below: