OILERS LAST SIX
OILERS LEAGUE POSITION
STARTING XI: J.PAGE, M.HUNT, N.DWYER, M.BUCKTHORPE, M.HAWKINS, O.BRADLEY, D.SEMMENS, E.EARL, D.GAIN, K.ROCHE (2), B.BOLTON (1) SUBS: J.MCPHEE, P.KEATING, M.LILLEY (1)
Fawley came into this match fresh from a weekend without football, and reverted back to a 3-5-2 formation with Mitch Hunt and Ollie Bradley occupying both flanks. The other notable change to the team sheet was the returning Ben Bolton who had completed his transfer back from Bashley and started the game up top with Kieran Roche.
The opening exchanges were quite even and although Fawley looked the more organised and confident side, the passes weren't sticking and they couldn't get a foothold in the game. it took until the half hour mark for Fawley to open the scoring, as a ball over the top set Ben Bolton away to the right of the Follands penalty area. Bolton cut across the defender who brought him down for an Oilers penalty. Kieran Roche stepped up and struck the ball low and hard across the goalkeeper to record his third goal of the season.
Fawley seemed to settle into the game after the goal and Mitch Hunt's set pieces were once again asking plenty of questions of the oppositions defence, and it was a Fawley free-kick which brought the second goal. Hunt delivered a cross from the right hand side and Kieran Roche timed his run well to steer the ball across goal and passed the Follands stopper to give Fawley a two goal advantage at the break.
The Fawley midfield were coming out on top all afternoon with the three central midfielders Dan Semmens, Dylan Gain and skipper Elliot Earl winning their battles. Ollie Bradley's close control and quick feet were causing Follands all sorts of problems and it from the sidelines we were thinking it's a case of when the next goal was coming for Fawley. The third goal came in spectacular fashion, with the returning Ben Bolton dropping slightly deeper and finding himself in space, and as the ball bounced up nicely he struck a sweet left foot volley that dipped over the keepers head and into the back of the Follands net. Bashley's loss is certainly our gain - welcome back Bolts!
Changes were made and both Pete Keating and Mark Lilley were introduced with Dan Semmens and Kieran Roche making way as Fawley reverted to a 4-4-2 formation. Mark Lilley made almost an instant impact as he wriggled free from his defender to poke the ball passed the Follands stopper from close range and recorded his first league goal for the Oilers.
Further chances were created from Ollie Bradley's powerful runs, and Mark Lilley also had a chance to further the lead, however as the chances came and went Follands carved out some chances of their own and found the back of the net as a ball was sent towards the back post and was poked home by a Follands attacker. With 15 minutes left to play it would've been nice to close the game out but Follands soon found another goal, and after being in complete control of the game Fawley now had to put in some extra effort to ensure the scoreline wasn't reduced any further.
The game came to an undramatic ending with no further pressure from either side, and Fawley recorded an important three points as they look to climb the table to make up for a less than perfect start to the season. With a perfect home record (one win from one game!) the Oilers will be looking to extend that against Downton and Verwood in the coming games.
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FAWLEY AFC V DOWNTON
SYDENHAMS WESSEX LEAGUE ONE
LB ROOFING ARENA, SO45 2PA
TUES 7TH NOVEMBER, 19.45 KO