Facing the threat of relegation to Wessex Division One, yesterday (Saturday 8th April) was a huge weekend for the first team with only a victory enough to ensure the fight for survival continued for another week. Fawley travelled to Wiltshire to visit Amesbury Town who came out victorious in the reverse fixture earlier in the season five goals to one Matt Vining goal.
Chelsea legend Ron 'Chopper' Harris was also in attendance for a sports talk he was due to do later that evening.
Fawley took the lead mid way through the first half through a Callum Tanner header from a Steve Green corner, and Amesbury equalised soon after leaving it one a piece at half time. Second half saw Fawley strike first through a perfectly timed lobbed effort from Kieran Roche provided by a lofted Steve Green pass from inside the Fawley half. Again Amesbury struck back to make it two a piece and with time running out it looked like perhaps Fawleys time in the Wessex Premier league was potentially coming to an end, however a Steve Green set piece was met by Aaron Lucas who glided his strike into the top corner to give the Oilers renewed hope. In the final moments and with Amesbury becoming stretched, Lewis Ross kept his composure to round three players and slot a right footed effort over the goalkeeper to secure the points. With Cowes Sports and Whitchurch both losing, the fight continues with two games to go!
Relegation showdown: Whitchurch away
This sets the first team up perfectly for next weekends away fixture against Whitchurch, with only a victory being enough to take the relegation fight to the final day of the season against Brockenhurst at home.
Earlier in the season Whitchurch took the three points in a thrilling 5 v 4 encounter, Matt Spencer (2), Dane Sayce and Zac Willis on the scoresheet for Fawley.
Reserves win the local derby
The reserves took the derby spoils at Waterside Social club yesterday with an opening goal from returning Ben Murphy who's available for the remainder of the season until his move back to the States. Craig Shellard chipped in with a brace to take his tally to nine league goals this season, and a late consolation goal denied youth team stopper Sam Robinson of a clean sheet bonus! The result leaves Fawley reserves still in the hunt for the title, and with two games to play this week.
Reserves face Team Solent (12/04) and Downton (15/04) at home
First up this week is second placed Team Solent on Wednesday evening at Waterside Social club. The previous encounter saw Fawley win three goals to one, with Tom Dixon and Callum Chugg on the scoresheet that day.
On Saturday the reserves host Downton, with Fawley coming out one nil victors in the reverse fixture thanks to a Denham Hyde free kick. Wins in these two fixtures could see Fawley up to second place in the table.
Please come and show your support to our reserve team over the next two games!