OILERS LAST SIX
OILERS LEAGUE POSITION
STARTING XI: J.PAGE, M.HUNT, R.MACEY, J.MCPHEE (1), M. BUCKTHORPE, P.KEATING, E.EARL, D.SEMMENS, O. BRADLEY, C.TANNER (1), J.KEEN SUBS: M.HAWKINS, D.GAIN, A.LUCAS
Oilers were on hot form heading into this fixture having won their last three league games, with a resounding 4 v 1 away win against Totton & Eling last weekend. Thanks to Jason Whittle for providing the entertaining blog post and match report for our game, which was also marked the annual 'Non League Day'. Although todays opponents Tadley had lost their last league game against Christchurch, they were still sitting in a healthy fourth position having games in hand over the teams above them.
Lining up in a familiar 4-4-2 formation, it was Fawley who got out the traps the quickest and Jack Keen was causing the Tadley defence problems with his dribbling and attacking play. It was Jack who forced the first goal, as he controlled and swivelled in the box preparing to hit a shot at goal, only for a Tadley defender to slide in and catch him. Callum Tanner stepped up to dispatch the resulting penalty.
You're always most vulnerable after scoring and that proved to be the case as Fawley were guilty of giving the ball away too cheaply on more than one occasion and allowed Tadley to build some more meaningful attacks. An in-swinging corner whipped in with great pace was met by Tadleys no.10 who powered a header down the centre of the goal and passed Jon Page in the Fawley goal. Jon Page made the most notable save of the half, with some super sharp reactions to claw a shot from point blank range over the Fawley crossbar. With five minutes of the half remaining, Pete Keating had the best chance for Fawley as he found space on the right hand side of the six yard box, but the keeper did well to block his effort. The scoreline was one a piece at the break.
Second half and the Oilers introduced the returning Aaron Lucas who has been studying and taking exams of recent weeks replacing Martin Buckthorpe, and Josh McPhee being pushed out to a left wing back position. The change had a positive effect with Fawley starting brightly, and a good passage of play found Elliot Earl on the ball just inside the 18 yard box. Earl found Josh McPhee unattended on the left hand side and his shot was drilled into the roof of the net.
Tadley responded well and a lofted ball down field found a Tadley player one on one with Page, and was duly put away to bring the scores level once again. At this stage the game could've gone either way, and with time still to play both teams were looking to take all three points. It was home side Tadley who were to clinch the points, taking the lead for the first time in the game as a goal mouth scramble saw the ball squirm under Page and into the far corner. Perhaps a harsh result for Fawley who wouldn't of been undeserving of a point on the road, but it wasn't to be this weekend. Disappointed faces in the dressing room said it all as the good run of results came to an end, but with so many missing once again and another competitive display there's positives to take from the game and into the tough midweek fixture away to Alresford Town in the Southampton Senior Cup.
ALRESFORD TOWN V FAWLEY AFC
SOUTHAMPTON SENIOR CUP
THE AVENUE, ALRESFORD, SO24 9EP
WEDS 18TH OCTOBER, 19.45 KO