OILERS LINE UP
Starting 11: 1. J. Page, 2. P. Keating, 3. M. Hawkins, 4. E. Earl, 5. M. Buckthorpe, 6. A. Lucas, 7. J. McPhee, 8. S. Green, 9. K. Roche, 10. O. Bradley, 11. B. Bolton, SUBS: 12. L. Burch, 14. M. Spencer, 15. N. Williams, 16. N. Dwyer
Goal Scorers: E. Earl 1, O. Bradley 1, S. Green 1,
Fawley AFC came into this fixture looking to build on two positive performances in the past week, with an away point against East Cowes and progressing to the Sydenhams League Cup Quarter Final midweek, beating AFC Stoneham on penalties. The new addition of Neil Williams to the squad was a major boost and several key players being more available for selection meant confidence was high.
New Milton started brightly and moved the ball around quickly, short and sharp. This however only lasted 10 minutes before the game evened out and chances were created. The first chance of note landed to the oilers, Kieran Roche bending his effort inches past the far post. A few dangerous crosses from Fawley full backs were causing problems and the oilers pace in attack always looked a threat.
It was the home side who broke the deadlock, capitalizing some sloppy play from Fawley and quickly moving into space in our area, they found No8 who slotted home with ease. This seem to wake up the away side who shortly after hit the crossbar, Josh McPhee floated in a teasing cross to the back post which found the head of Kieran Roche, only to see his effort dip onto the bar. The energetic Ollie Bradley made his way into the wide left position and whipped in a great cross which Ben Bolton got on the end of, but his header blasted past the near post.
Fawley did level the score shortly before the break and it was deserved. Steve Green whipped in a corner which Martin Buckthorpe got to first, forcing the keeper to parry back into the danger zone, Elliot Earl nodded it over the line.
Half Time 1-1
The halftime team talk was relatively positive for Fawley, despite falling behind, the oilers created plenty of chances and felt this game was there for the taking. However within 4 minutes in the second half, New Milton scored twice to put themselves 3-1 up. No10 Steve Flynn, the New Milton top scorer proved how clinical he can be when given space. A floated free kick into the box was notched in with ease and moments late a low cross was deflected right into his path to smash in from close range.
Co Managers Lee Shepherd and Scott Johnston did not waste any time and made changes, it was the worst possible start to this half, but the away side knew there would be more opportunities to get back into this game. Neil Williams replaced Josh McPhee on 55 minutes and players were moved around to try find the next goal.
Neil Williams within minutes saw an excellent effort saved past the post and Fawley were creating chances again. Ollie Bradley stepped up and put his fellow Oilers back into the contest. Making a darting run in between defenders he was picked out, controlled the long ball past his marker and smashed in his effort past the New Milton keeper. Not long after they were level again, a foul on the edge of the New Milton box gave the away side another chance to test the keeper. Steve Green stepped up for this one and smashed in a rocket into the far corner.
The game was completely reversed with 15 minutes still to play, New Milton struggled to contain Fawley and it was the away side who had to be wary of counter attacks. Two corners for the Oilers, first effort was cleared off the line, then scrambled away for another corner. Second was saved and then goal mouth scrambled again, somehow cleared. Ben Bolton broke though on goal, just the keeper to beat and blasted his effort over the bar. New Milton were hanging on, but it must be said they still looked dangerous on the break, their substitute, No14 on the left wing was very pacey and direct.
Full Time 3-3
Fawley left with mixed emotions. Enough chances created to score several more and win the game, but after going behind 1-0, 2-1, 3-1, going home with a point isn't too bad. Two away league draws in a row will now lead to six successive home games. Seven if with the league cup quarter final.
Next up is Laverstock & Ford this Saturday 16th December.