Salisbury FC 8 Cirencester Town 0
Evo-stik Southern South, West
Tuesday, 19 September 2017
By Alec Hayter
My report on the Poole game mentioned my own personal fixture list and after this latest league outing I have had to use two lines once more to accommodate the goalscorers for a game for the second time in just over a week. With the team in this mood I might be doing it again after we play Yate Town on Saturday, but of course that will be a different kettle of fish as we are away from home, but, hey ho, you never know – and you won't, at first hand, unless you travel to the game!
The sirens started sounding the alarm early on for Ciren, and it took only two minutes before the Whites went into the lead with the first of their eight goals. Somebody commented that all the goals were tap ins. Well, that was because all the goals were the result of some extremely flowing passing moves which completely bamboozled the visitors, and 25 yard bullet shots were not needed. The first goal started with Jake Wannell pinging a clearance to Chris Shephard who, in the blink of an eye, made himself space before squaring the ball to Kane O'Keefe whose calm finish epitomised the whole move, and, in fact, most of the Whites' subsequent scoring moves.
Five minutes later it was O'Keefe's turning provider, pulling the ball back for Marvin Brooks to fire wide from the edge of the box, and then we had to wait until the 22nd minute before Salisbury doubled their lead. O'Keefe once more started the move, feeding Lewis Benson to cross from the right. Brooks was on the end of the ball and nodded it back square for Shephard to convert easily. Simples!!
On the half-hour it could have been three when more Shephard magic got the ball across goal where O'Keefe missed the target with a difficult sharp diving header, but the third goal came four minutes later, and this time Sam Roberts was part of the action when he received Shephard's ball before squaring it to Brooks who made no mistake. Carbon copy almost!
The scintillating attacking style was bound to have some shortcomings however and a minute into time added at the end of the first half you could almost forgive Salisbury for conceding a poor goal when Felipe Barcelos had time and space to make it 3-1 with a header. No panic as we were always going to outscore them.
The second period started as the first had ended as far as the Whites were concerned as, on 48 minutes, Roberts let fly from the edge of the box but keeper Mateusz Wierczorek could only parry the ball into the path of Brooks who couldn't miss.
Once more the visitors replied when a long raking cross on 61 minutes from Matt Jones saw Ben Whitehead head home at the far post, but, as before, the response was rapid as only two minutes later the three-goal lead was restored. This time it was a long raking free kick from Benson which allowed Rhys Baggridge the chance to bury a header past the stranded keeper.
Cirencester were falling apart and after Brooks had robbed a careless defender but floated his finish over the bar, it became six on 76 minutes when another trio of Salisbury players combined, Benson's cross being squared back by O'Keefe for Stuart Green who, with immaculate control when the ball seemed tucked under his feet, swept the ball in.
Two minutes later Benson and Green combined for O'Keefe to make it 7-2 and after Charlie Searle had an easy save to make from Cirencester's Henry Spalding, Tom Whelan completed the scoring, jinking inside onto his left foot to dispatch the ball low into the corner.
For the second time in ten days I have written about games in which the Whites have netted no less than eight times in each, but this eight goal victory was more meaningful das the visitors had conceded only 3 times away from home previously , and 7 times in total.
On two occasions during the game the Whites quickly responded to conceding goals and, when in possession, and with the attacking intent they displayed, they looked formidable going forward. The final scoreline is no exaggeration as to their total control of the game.
One thing which disappointed not only me but also Manager Steve Claridge was the size of the crowd – 500 less turned out for this game than for Poole Town, and although it is perhaps understandable that some might have been affected by that result, surely that is no good reason why only half the previous attendance should turn up. Marriage vows state "in sickness and in health". Well, we had the sickness on Saturday but we certainly had the health against Cirencester and I'm sure there will be many who will regret not having come to the game when it was odds-on that the team would react to the setback three days previously
Fans can put that right on Saturday at Yate but perhaps more importantly the following Tuesday when highflying Swindon Supermarine visit the Ray Mac. As this is being written Supermarine are one of only three unbeaten teams in the League so in my humble opinion it's high time they lost their record! It'll be a great game, so come along and help the Whites achieve that.
Oh, and before I forget, it's congratulations to Eddie Perrett who made his 100th appearance for the Club. Pity you couldn't crown the occasion with a goal Eddie, as many of the others did, although of course you did not have as much time to do that as they did!
Salisbury: Searle, Wheeler, Wannell, Whelan, Baggridge, O'Keefe, Benson, Roberts, Shephard (Green 66), Brooks (Herbert 73), Young (Perrett
Subs not used: Hart, Colson.
Cirencester Town: Wierczorek, Christopher, Jones (Watts 26), Coupe, Stoddart (Loader 55), Pook, Spalding, Connolly, Griffin (Barcelos 42), Whitehead, Bennett.
subs not used: Mortimer-Jones, Rose.
Attendance: 455 Referee: M Rushton (Pewsey)