Under 18’s show real bounce-back-ability
Salisbury under 18s took on New College in the league fixture at Bulford 3G, fresh from being knocked out of the cup last week to Forest Green Rovers which was always going to have an impact on this encounter. Salisbury started slowly and gave New College far too much respect and the visitors took full advantage and were soon 1 nil up. Salisbury still did not respond and New College could have been out of sight within 20 minutes. Kieran McHardy made some important saves and kept the whites in the game and as in any game goals change games.
Salisbury finally sprung into life and attacked with purpose and drew level with a goal from Christos Papakonstantinou. Then Ryan Penny scored a second to put Salisbury into the lead. However New College replied with an excellent strike to leave the scores level at half time.
Second half Richard Rendall changed formation to counter the effect of New College’s very impressive number 7, and this worked well and Salisbury dominated the game. Further goals came from Jim Ward scoring with arguably the goal of the season. Liam Greenough made a clever run to cause confusion in the New College defence, Ward looked up to see the Keeper of his line and lobbed him from 30 yards. Greenough then scored himself to put Salisbury 4 v 2 up. The White could have scored more and came close on quite a few occasions, 4 -2 the final score.
Salisbury FC U16’s won 17 v 0. No match report has been submitted.
Under 15’s have a Sunday to remember. League Champions and cup finalist all in one day
Following the under 12s from Saturday who made it into a Semi Final, Salisbury FC under 15s made it into the Final of the Tyro Trophy final. On a wet sticky pitch Salisbury adapted the better of teams, although it took a while to clinch lead, when Forden drove home from a rebounded corner. Nash came off the bench and used his pace and quick thinking to double the lead when he coolly slotting home. Wellow FC though refused to lie down and went close on several occasions and it wasn't until midway through the second half Salisbury scored the crucial 3rd goal. Some combination passing down the left between Simpson and Batty set up Tanner to slot past the keeper and put the game beyond the Wellow side. And then captain Waters added a fourth from the spot to wrap it all up. FT 4 v 1. Salisbury will face Hamble in the final.
While the whites were busy on cup duty results elsewhere in the league results went the Radian sponsored U15s way meaning that without kicking a ball Salisbury were crowned league champions. Manager Ed Searle said “it is the great dedication of the boys who turn up every week to training and the way they have learned to adapt to a formation and playing style that the back room staff have drilled into them this season that have enabled the team to reap the rewards”.
Salisbury U13s Blacks Suffer the Cup Blues.
The Blacks 15 game winning streak (all competitions) was halted today in the Tommy Traynor Trophy Semi Final.
Eastleigh Youth were the hosts on a Soggy and overgrown Wide Lane sports grounds. The Blacks failed to adjust to the pitch throughout the 1st period (trying to stick to their usual short passing game) and Eastleigh capitalized through the clever deployment of the long ball up to their pacy powerful centre forward, who finished his two early chances well. This came as a shock to the Salisbury lads who have not been in this position all season. How would they respond? They started to turn it around but Eastleigh added a 3rd just before the HT break. It was going to be an uphill struggle for the Whites now.
The Blacks found a rhythm after the break and their play improved greatly. Leo Penna rifled in a finish off the post from 20 yards to give the whites some hope. The Whites then dominated the rest of the match without getting the rub of the green (well more like sloppy brown than green). Whilst they were push for further goals to get back in the game they inevitably left openings at the back, eventually allowing Eastleigh a 4th to kill the contest.
MOTM and Captain Matt Webb should be proud of his and his team’s performance. Playing Away against a team from leagues above for the 3rd time in this competition will be something the team can learn from and be proud of. The Blacks would like to wish Eastleigh Youth FC the best of luck in the Final.
Whites under 12’s come from behind to reach the league cup final
Andover New Street 1-2 Salisbury FC
Salisbury went to Andover knowing 1 more win would see them in final. And Salisbury played there socks off from start to finish after going 1-0 down through a mistake between Jack Weeks and Tyler Andrews, the Whites never gave up there spirit.
Second half Salisbury were doing everything right apart from scoring. Until Rory Cameron passed a ball across the box for Valentin Daskalov to strike a thunderbolt of a shot that gave the keeper no chance. Before that crucial second goal Salisbury had made so many chance to win it from Dylan Beauchamp, Callum Wohler and Archie Ford. After his mistake in the first half, skipper Tyler Andrews came up for the corner where the ball dropped to his feet to toe poke it into the corner which saw the Whites go on to win the game.
Huge credit to Andover New Street for giving us a tough, aggressive match. Salisbury will now play local rivals Alderbury in the final on 27th April at Andover New Street first team stadium.
Man of the match was Matthew Robinson who put a solid performance from start to finish. The Blacks now have the aim of protecting their 100% league win record, and sealing promotion at their 1st attempt.
Mini Soccer round up
Salisbury U9's played Winchester Youth Blue today in two terrific games. The young whites started slowly and conceded some early goals. Despite a harsh penalty decision, they showed terrific character and grew into the game, and shaded the second half. The final game was very entertaining, with plenty of goals, and end to end football. Winchester were clinical and edged past us in the final few minutes. In difficult conditions, the boys all applied themselves brilliantly. Great effort boys.
Salisbury FC U8's played an excellent game of football against Sarum youth today. Great performance from all the boys, nearing the end of the season but are still consistently proving their quality. MOTM Alfie Trollope, huge contribution going forwards scoring and creating goals.
Saturday saw Salisbury FC U7’s make the log trip to Kings Worthy for a development game against Worthy Reds U7’s. The whites got off to a slow start but within 5 mins they settled really well making great passes and having passion of the football.
As the game went on the white grew stronger and there football got better and better and created many many chances. The team worked very hard for each other all over the pitch and it was great to see how they are now all gelling really well and understanding each other's way of playing the game.
As always when we play Worthy Reds the game was very competitive and played with a great spirit with every child enjoying just playing football. It was a great game and a real joy to watch and see how well the teams played, certainly one of the best games of the season.
It was a tricky decision but Man of the match went to Harry Turner for putting in a great performance and showed great attitude towards the game. We would like to thank Worthy for hosting the game and for a very competitive and entertaining match.