Fawley started slowly in this Wyvern Combination Western league fixture and Stoneham found themselves deservedly 1-0 up with only ten on the clock as a slip from centre half Liam Waterhouse gave the Stoneham striker all the time in the world to give them an early advantage. This led to a change in his footwear- taking his ice skates off and opting for studs instead!
As is often the case, the goal seemed to energize the Fawley lads and Ben Bolton replied with a curling left foot strike which nestled in the top corner mid way through the first half.
This was swiftly met with a second as Fawley started to take control of the game. Tom Dixon floated a set piece in from the right which was met by Alfie Cole who rose highest to power his effort passed the keeper.
Alfie soon bought the Fawley fans back down to earth with a loose back pass gave the Stoneham striker an early christmas present as he trickled his shot passed Craig in the sticks. It stayed two a piece until half time with no other real clear chances, but Stoneham had been gifted both goals and Sheps face said it all..
It didn't take long in the second half before the game heated up as Fawley looked to gain the upper hand with some strong tackles. Fans favorite Jimmy Dickens' faultless disciplinary record (!) came to an end as he soon found himself in the book, although we're not quite sure why. This was shortly followed by centre half Liam Waterhouse for a sliding tackle that saw him fly off the pitch and into the dugout.
Stoneham made it 3 v 2 with a good header from a corner, but Fawley responded well and got the equalizer through Jack Keen who seized on the opportunity and smashed the ball into the roof of the net.
Stoneham scored almost immediately after the restart and Lee Shepherd (reserve team manager) must've thought the points were lost however with five minutes to go Ben Bolton got his second as he was put through on goal and lobbed the ball over the onrushing Stoneham keeper to give us a share of the spoils. Drapes couldn't hide his delight!
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