TOTTON & ELING 1 - 4 FAWLEY AFC
OILERS LAST SIX
J.PAGE, M.HUNT, R.MACEY, J.MCPHEE, M. BUCKTHORPE, J. KEEN, N. DWYER, S. GREEN (1), O. BRADLEY, D. HARTIGAN (1), K. ROCHE (1), SUBS USED: J. KILFORD, N. GRANT, L. BURCH (1)
Fawley AFC made it three consecutive league wins on Saturday after beating Totton & Eling 4-1 at The Little Testwood Farm. Goals from Kieran Roche, Dec Hartigan, Steven Green & Lee Burch gave The Oilers a deserved victory which see Fawley rise to 13th in the table.
Manager Richard Coxall and his assistant Scott Johnston didn't waste much time debating the starting line up this week, as the 11 that started were literally the only 11 available. A staggering 29 registered players were unavailable Saturday, on top of that assistant Lee Shepherd and even committee members. A weekend the club had planned for a month in advance but injuries, suspensions and unexpected work commitments took it's toll on the squad.
This led for call ups for two young strikers James Kilford & Nick Grant from last seasons successful U18's squad and a very late (lunchtime) phone call to current goalkeeper Lee Burch to get back to his outfield days. To be fair with 173 Wessex Appearances outfield starting from Blackfield & Langley in 2005, it shouldn't have been the hardest phone call to make, but because of his very serious leg break over a year ago, he hadn't play on pitch since.
On to the match itself and The Oilers made a very fast start attacking from the first whistle and forcing a corner in the first few seconds. Fawley had squandered a few good opportunities to take an early lead, were comfortable and then as the standard this season nearly punished. Totton & Eling were lively in attack and will feel they probably should have taken the lead, but for a solid save from the in form Jon Page.
Both teams looked dangerous from set pieces and it was no surprise the first goal did eventually come from a corner. Mitch Hunt whipped in another delightful corner which was was not cleared, fired back in for Kieran Roche to tap in. The Oilers were spurred on by this and tried to get another before the break, but found the final passes and decision making again a bit wayward.
HT Totton & Eling 0-1 Fawley AFC
Totton & Eling came out in the second half with a higher tempo and moved the ball around nicely. They didn't trouble the Fawley goal too much, but it was clear the home side fancied themselves getting back into this tie.
Fawley did get back on top, the ever dangerous Ollie Bradley picking up where he left off against Ringwood, driving his team up the pitch with his pace and energy. This eventually led to a scramble in the Totton box, a few blocks and a save saw the ball land to Dec Hartigans feet for an easy finish.
The signs were still there though that Totton were not going to roll over, their left back Ryan Lomax continued to bomb forward and it was he who caught the away side sleeping. A set piece out wide was played into Lomax who drilled an effort at goal, which was blocked, he then headed back at goal into the far corner.
There was a small spell where The Millers broke forward in numbers searching for the equaliser, but it was another set piece that decided the game. On 80 minutes Mitch Hunt again caused problems with his excellent set piece delivery, again not dealt with and Steven Green hit a rocket in off the post.
The last ten minutes was a case of could Fawley score any more goals, Nick Dwyer, who had an excellent game in midfield would feel he could of had a hat trick on the day with the headers he won from corners, continued to bomb forward. Kieran Roche still chased everything and young James Kilford nearly got in.
The fourth goal however came from perhaps the most unexpected source, as at 12:30pm he wasn't even in the squad. Substitute Lee Burch came on in the 88th minute, up front and within 60 seconds latched onto a long ball over the top. Losing his balance he flicked the ball over the oncoming keeper into the net and topped off a good day for the club.
TADLEY CALLEVA V FAWLEY AFC
SYDENHAMS WESSEX LEAGUE DIVISION ONE
BARLOWS PARK, RG26 3PX
SAT 14TH OCTOBER, 15.00 KO