Old habits seem to be creeping back into our recent results with some promising first half displays but ultimately dropping points in the second half!
A trip to the Isle of Wight to face Newport saw Aaron and Darren give a debut to Lee Burch between the sticks who is well on the road to recovery after suffering a broken leg whilst at AFC Totton. Lee has probably played in every position on the pitch over the years which is a result of his abilities on the pitch and critical understanding of the game (can I have that fiver now?!). Lee picked up 8 sun dream team points with a useful clean sheet and 7+ display! Welcome to the club Burchy!
Report of the game can be found here courtesy of Newport. I.O.W website.
Lee Burch and Steve Green provide some added finesse for the Oilers!
Also making his first appearance of the season off the bench was Steve Green who has completed his transfer from Hythe & Dibden. Steve has plenty of wessex league experience around the New Forest area for Blackfield & Langley, Totton & Eling, Lymington Town and Hythe. He has a brilliant range of passing and his presence on the pitch as well as in the dressing room will be a valuable asset for the team and the younger members of the squad. Welcome to the club Greener!
Mid-week we were on the road again but this time it was a 20 minute trip up the road to New Forest neighbors Brockenhurst. Similar to the Newport game the team showed signs of a tight and compact unit which was synonymous with the team last season. However the free scoring characteristics of the team at the start of the season seems to have dissapeared! An agonizing last gasp goal gave Brockenhurst the spoils at Grigg Lane.
This marked the surprising inclusion and return of a chap who has had to change his phone number several times to avoid fawley managers for the last six seasons, Pete Sleep... He's traded football boots for snowboots in recent times but has returned to the Waterside Social Club where he made outstanding contributions blasting Fawley into the Wessex Premier league in 2010/11 with 19 league goals mainly from wide positions. I couldn't find any photos of the promotion season with Pete in, nor have we got a photo of him returning, so we'll settle for a picture of Thierry Henry when he returned to his beloved Arsenal on loan. No pressure mate, welcome back!
Pete Sleep wasn't available for interview but we expect he had this to say:
"I don't know what it is about the Oilers and Waterside Social club, but it has a certain 'Je ne sais quois'..."
The goals may have dried up in recent games but with these attacking signings to compliment our existing squad we're convinced the good times aren't far around the corner!
Today we welcome Whitchurch United at the Waterside Sports and Social Club for a normal 3pm kick off. Come and support the Oilers in what is our most important game of the season!