Salisbury FC 4 Folland Sports 1 - match report

FA Vase 2nd Qualifying Round

Saturday 3 October 2015


By Alec Hayter

The Planemakers landed at the Ray Mac Stadium in the hope of causing a Cup shock, but in the end suffered defeat which sent them out of the competition at the Whites’ expense.

Salisbury FC thus went into the draw for Monday's first round proper, extending in the process their unbeaten run to 10 games, nine of which have been won, in front of another good crowd of 538.

In spite of going behind early on, Folland Sports battled well and at least tried to play (which of course a Cup tie demands), to make the match a much better spectacle than the Cowes Sports game a week earlier, albeit not really until after some 50 minutes.

The early goal that should have settled nerves came with only two minutes on the clock, a pinpoint Claudio Herbert cross being headed into the top corner by Sam Wilson.

It was the best possible start but Whites' reaction to it had the manager wondering if his players thought, much too early, that the job was already done.

Three minutes later, it could have been 1-1, but after a free kick by Jamie Craven eluded the home rearguard, Alex Sheath’s tame effort hit the bar, instead of breaking the net.

On 12 minutes the visitors’ Michael Dark had another good opportunity when in the clear, but his shot amounted to not much more than a pass back to Gareth Barfoot in the home goal .

In spite of not really heeding the warnings, Salisbury still had enough opportunities to have enjoyed a bigger half time lead, with Danny Young and Brandon Mundy sending finishes off target, and Stephen Walker not quite fully alert with a far post chance.

Inevitably, some would say, the scores were level on the stroke of half time when Craven fired a free kick around the wall from the edge of the box and past the wrong-footed Barfoot.

It was not the best way to go in at the break, but early in the second half, Folland’s Owen Bush very nearly gifted a goal, heading against his own post. Had that gone in, it would probably have been game over but Folland were in no mood to give in, Craven testing Barfoot from distance.

On the hour, the Whites then suffered the loss of Callum Hart, who suffered a dislocated shoulder, and had to regroup. They took only another four minutes, though, to regain the lead, Kane O’Keefe sending in a low shot after pouncing on a defensive clearance.

In more enterprising mood, a similar free kick to Folland's was blasted home by Wilson on 73 minutes, before, with all subs used, Salisbury also lost Calum Brockway to injury and went down to ten men for the last five minutes of normal time, plus five added.

The 10 men shrugged off the numerical disadvantage though, with Ashley Jarvis shaking off his defender and planting his shot under the advancing keeper to make it


The Cup excitement continues!

Salisbury FC: Barfoot, Colson, Hart (Jarvis 60), Whelan, Walker, Brockway, Herbert (Maloney 75), O’Keefe, Wilson, Mundy (Demkiv 75), Young.

Subs not used: Matthews, Vallis.

Folland Sports: Casey, Small, Golding, Bush, Fear, Harris, Craven, Sheath (Blackburn 60), Dark (Lynch 79), Kirkwood, Camfield (Slade 55).

Subs not used: Chamberlain, Daniel To.

Referee: Mr. S Jack.

Attendance: 538.