Match Report - Swindon Supermarine v Salisbury FC


Swindon Supermarine 2 Salisbury FC 2

BetVictor Southern Premier South

Saturday, 24 August 2019

By Alec Hayter

"We deserved nothing from this game" is how Assistant Manager Callum Hart summed up the visit to North Wiltshire, but we got a point.away from home. However, for me, whilst agreeing with his assessment, the word "disappointment" is also relevant - not just for the Whites who failed to protect a 2 -0 advantage with just under half an hour remaining, but also for Supermarine who must have felt that emotion as they failed to win a game that many would say they deserved to, after having had several good chances.

The idea of trying to avoid going behind was nearly blown out of the water in the early stages as, on two minutes, the home side were awarded a corner. An inordinate amount of space was afforded to Matthew Williams inside the box but his volley was dealt with comfortably by keeper Tom Smith, without whose performance, it must be said, the home side would surely have taken all of the points. On 16 minutes, Smith was again in action when a through ball found the dangerous Conor McDonagh, who tried to go round the keeper but was partially blocked, the ball eventually hitting the upright. A

let-off for the Whites, and under a minute later, Smith more or less settled his candidacy for Man of the Match with another good save from McDonagh's 25 yard effort.

Little if anything had been seen from Salisbury in attack and although they were beginning to become more comfortable with some calm controlled football, on 28 minutes a simple through ball found Kane Simpson in a good position, but this time Smith was hardly troubled by a weak attempt.

During all of this period, and in fact for the majority of the match, it seems unbelievable that Salisbury had, in football terms outplayed their hosts, and, only if that is taken into consideration could there be any justification for feeling that to take the lead on 37 minutes was well earned. As it was, Salisbury supporters were delighted and probably very relieved when Dan Fitchett received a good ball from George Colson and brought it under control, (with more than a little suspicion of handball), before firing a cross shot low past Martin Horsell to give his side the lead.

Thus the Whites went to into the break with slender advantage which really should have been cancelled out straight after the restart when the experienced Stuart Fleetwood found himself in a good position but shot wide. That brought a short response period from Salisbury as on 48 minutes Ricky Wellard hit a left foot rasper which Horsell did well to keep out, and 3 minutes later when the same player received the ball from Lewis Benson but was again foiled by the keeper who could only parry the ball back towards Fitchett.who was adjudged offside.

Fitchett was instrumental in Salisbury's second goal, which came on 56 minutes. He latched onto miss-headed attempted clearance by Matthew Liddiard, and managed to get the ball eventually to Warren Bentley, who had only been on the pitch for 2 minutes but nevertheless, showing great composure, placed a delightful shot past the home keeper to double the Whites' lead. The thought "clinical finishing" must have been a common one amongst Salisbury fans at that time, and they must have been confident that 3 points on the road at Supermarine were there for the taking, but 8 minutes later another thought reared its more ugly head when the ball was carelessly lost and McDonagh crossed it into the box for Fleetwood to grab Supermarine's first from no distance at all.

Salisbury’s defence began to look paper thin and shortly after scoring their opener, Fleetwood was through again but again Smith came to the Whites' rescue in denying the striker. Smith was forced repeat that act only seconds later when this time he was faced by McDonagh, and again showed judgement well above his years to time his block and avert the danger.

At last Salisbury then threatened with substitute Shaquille Hippolyte-Patrick weaving his way along the byeline before seeing his finish blocked out, but that was the last of any action from the visitors going forward. Supermarine did what they usually do - that is, never give up.

On 69 minutes Smith touched a McDonagh freekick around the post and 2 minutes later the Swindon striker must have wondered what he had done to deserve meeting Smith in this form as, after a rat-a-tat interchange of passes with Fleetwood, he was again one-on-one with the young keeper. Smith won the battle again, but the sense of unease at the narrow lead at this late stage of the game was proven correct, as in time added another defensive slip saw the ball reach McDonagh, who this time gave Smith no chance to make it 2-2.

To complete Salisbury's misery an unsavoury incident well into time added saw Lewis Benson shown a straight red card, which means he will miss 3 games starting from next Saturday, unless any unlikely appeal succeeds. I suppose if you're going to get a red card, it's better to get it over and done with earlier in the season rather than later.

Having said all of that, before the match my money would have been on yet another draw, the third in succession against Swindon Supermarine, and, quite frankly, I would have settled for that at that time.

Three of the first 4 league games can all be considered local derbies to some extent, and, thank goodness, Monday's game doesn't really qualify, so we may get a better indication of how our season is going to pan out.

The "horses for courses" approach did not succeed in this game and there were clear signs that there is still a lot of work to do following a disrupted pre-season. With the personnel available, the Whites are going to be much better than this, and I'm confident that supporters will see an immediate improvement on Monday against Yate Town, who were held 2-2 at home to Toolstation Exmouth Town in the FA Cup today. Rather than think anything of that I would hope that those players involved on Monday will have in the back of their minds the fact that the Bluebells thrashed Taunton at the Viridor Stadium by 4-0!


Swindon Supermarine: Horsell, Hopkins, L Spalding, edge, Williams, Liddiard, Dinsley (H Spalding 90+3), Hooper, Fleetwood, McDonagh, Simpson (Campbell 54).

Subs not used: Shepherd, Turley.

Salisbury FC: Smith, Colson, Sommerton, Dawson, Amankwaah, Oseni, Benson, Mullings, Fitchett (Holmes 82), Wellard (Bentley 54), Young (Hippolyte-Patrick. 61).

Subs not used: Knowles, Bancroft.

Attendance: 389                   Referee: T Holden.


Match Report - Salisbury FC v Dorchester Town


Salisbury FC 4 Dorchester Town 1

BetVictor Southern Premier League South

Saturday, 17 August 2019

By Alec Hayter

George Colson today became the Whites' top scorer, and Toby Holmes opened his scoring account, but with all due respect to George. It is likely that now Toby has found the net, the top scorer slot might change hands!

This was a hard earned victory in which, for a period, it was a case of wobbly Whites, and over generous donation of the ball to the Magpies, and the visitors' inability to take some good chances kept things in Salisbury's favour, allowing them to go on from there to a 4-1 win which, although at half-time might have seemed a likely outcome, after 90 minutes turned out to be perhaps a little harsh on the Dorset side. However, as with the game with Gosport, goals are paramount and the Salisbury carried on they’d left off against Borough.

It might not have worked out that way. However, had Tom Bath's crashing drive not hit the angle of post and bar with only a few seconds on the clock, but equally Salisbury could have scored in the first two minutes when Holmes found himself through with just the keeper to beat. Rumour has it that one-on-one's are not his favourite situation and he temporarily proved that by placing his finish the wrong side of the upright. Dorchester's only other first half attacking threat, other than one just before the break, came in the 4th minute, but Luke Winsper hit his attempt well over the top, and from that point it was basically all Salisbury, playing some good passing football.

1Toby Holmes opens the scoring - and his account! - I feel the song goes! - © Roger Elliott

After a quarter of an hour Ollie Knowles saw the opportunity to lob keeper Shane Murphy, the ball going narrowly over and landing on the roof of the net, but on 17 minutes the Whites took the lead. A Colson cross was returned across goal by Warren Bentley to Holmes who turned his defender before firing low into the corner. Nathaniel Oseni then had an opportunity at the far post from Lewis Benson's freekick before, on 24 minutes Colson was again involved, sending a curling cross past Holmes, arriving just too quickly for Jacob Bancroft to control and finish. As it happened that was of no consequence as on 26 minutes a 2-0 lead was established when wily Warren Bentley threaded an immaculate pass to Holmes who (hopefully) dismissed any one-on-one doubts with a cool finish.

Toby takes the plaudits for his second strikeToby takes the plaudits for his second strike - © Roger Elliott

Bentley himself was unlucky to see the keeper save his shot on the turn just after the half hour, but Dorchester reminded us that they were still on the pitch when on 44 minutes, Bath found himself faced with keeper Tom Smith and took the ball round him. The manoeuvrer was not matched by the finish when he blazed the ball over the empty net.

At the break many Salisbury and perhaps Magpies’ supporters may well have thought "how many?", but they were in for a surprise, as it seemed the seemingly weary Whites became sloppy and too often presented the ball to their opponents. Dorchester were not slow to try and take advantage and Salisbury nearly paid the price when, on 54 minutes, a cross from Kyle Egan found Antonio Diaz whose effort brought a good save from Smith, who again gave an assured performance throughout and well above his years.

Four minutes later, the Magpies were handed a lifeline when Oseni was adjudged to have fouled Bath in the box, the lanky striker stepping up to convert the kick to make it 2-1, and game on, but it was the home side who were next to threaten when Ollie Knowles fed Bentley, who rode a tackle but could not keep his 18 yard effort finish down. Back came Dorchester, and on 65 minutes another Egan cross gave Bath a headed opportunity but the ball was deflected to safety, and with that deflection disappeared the visitors' chances of taking anything from the game. On 68 minutes a defensive clearance came out to Knowles, who, from the edge of the box connected but didn't direct the ball well, the attempt sailing over, and as Salisbury continued the pressure Holmes got round the last defender, but was foiled in his attempt to get the third goal, and his hat-trick, (something he was accustomed to last season at Wimborne), by Callum Rose’s goal-line clearance.

2Fitch falls - PEN!! - George does the rest. - © Roger Elliott

The Whites were not to be denied however and on 76 minutes, Dan Fitchett, who had been a very effective substitution, turning, the game, earned his side a spot kick when he wriggled past Dan Strugnell, but was brought down from behind. This gave Colson the chance to make it two penalties in as many games, and he took this one with aplomb with a low shot right into the corner.

3-1 gave Salisbury a comfort zone, which became even bigger when, five minutes later, the fourth arrived. It started with a trademark Benson corner finding Darren Mullings at the far post, and the next we knew was that the ball reached Colson in front of goal who finished the job, although Murphy nearly prevented the ball going over the line.

Maybe, because of a new moon, a rare event nearly occurred - a Colson hat-trick - when, with seven minutes remaining, another Benson corner went to the far post with the defender lurking. Without wishing to be cruel, I'm sure that George would have been disappointed to see the ball go over the top!

3...and again, after his double - Getting used to this! - © Roger Elliott

Again, a satisfying three points at the Ray Mac, which hopefully will become a fortress, but in fairness to our visitors, although at half-time it looked like a 4-1plus scoreline, that was not the case at the end of the game.

Next up is a visit to Swindon Supermarine who have become something of a bogey side, forcing draws and sharing eight goals in league games before defeating the Whites 3-1 in the Final of the Wiltshire Senior Cup. Supermarine suffered their first defeat, after a first half goal at fancied Truro City, their first reverse after two wins, and it would be good if Salisbury could inflict their second. Your noisy support, in numbers, can help produce that very desirable outcome in the first of the Bank Holliday games.

Whether we get to play against Yate Town on Monday 26 August depends of course on their FA Cup result on the 24th, as a draw with Exmouth Town would mean a replay. Watch this space, or rather the website of course!


Salisbury FC: Smith, Colson, Sommerton, Dawson, Amankwaah, Oseni, Benson, Knowles, Holmes (Fitchett 72), Bentley (Mullings 78), Bancroft (Young 64).

Subs not used: Wellard, Hippolyte-Patrick.

Dorchester Town: Murphy, Egan, Sa, Strugnell, Rose, Winsper (Martin 84), Diaz, Lowes, Bath, Blair (Wright 51), Panesar-Dower (Smith 84).

Subs not used: Lanahan, Ross.

Attendance: 632                   Referee: Niall Clinton.

Match Report Salisbury FC v Gosport Borough

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Salisbury FC 1 Gosport Borough 0

BetVictor Southern League Premier South

Tuesday, 13 August 2019

By Alec Hayter

Anyone disenchanted and disappointed by Saturday's result at Chesham United would, if a reasonable and thoughtful person, be more than excited and elated by the opening home game of the season against fancied Gosport Borough. One could be forgiven for thinking that the opponents were Havant and Waterlooville on seeing the opponents' line-up, and the victory must be regarded as one over more or less a National League squad.

In his programme notes manager Steve Claridge said that this would possibly be one of the most difficult games of the season and he was not wrong, adding, after the game: "It's going to be a tough league this season and no one can expect their team to win every game in a highly competitive campaign. I am disappointed that many wrote us off after just one game on Saturday, but surely tonight's showing proves that we can be a force to be reckoned with. We never gave up against a very good Borough side."

It's likely that all of the 688 crowd will have been entertained by a true local derby, which was feisty at times, although home fans are the happier with the 3 points, courtesy of a late, late George Colson penalty. Away supporters might justifiably feel that their side deserved to take something from the game taking the match as a whole, but what we did to Gosport has been done to us!

The Whites were first to show when Shaquille Hippolyte-Patrick saw his 5th minute effort blocked, but we had to wait a further 20 minutes before a second chance arrived for the Hendon import. Ricky Wellards’ free-kick saw the ball eventually find its way out to Toby Holmes, who headed square into the danger area. Under pressure from a massed defence Hippolyte-Patrick couldn't get enough on the header which was easily gathered by visiting keeper Pat O'Flaherty.

H PShaquile Hippolyte-Patrick goes close to opening his account - ©Roger Elliott

This produced an immediate response when Sam Argent found himself in space on the left and was narrowly wide with an attempted lob over debutant keeper Tom Smith after seeing Smith off his line, and in spite of some powerful midfield play, Gosport offered nothing further until 3 minutes before the break when Argent's 18 yard snapshot went wide of the upright.

Immediately before the break, Holmes’ trickery was only halted by some good defensive work, and although Borough had had their fair share of play before the interval, after it they had 15 minutes of dominance. On 50 minutes, ex-White Theo Lewis lobbed wide, and 3 minutes later another ex-White, George Barker, also missed an opportunity from Lewis' squared pass.

Earlier, Gosport had reacted, and now it was Salisbury's turn to do so with Holmes, through on goal, being foiled by O'Flaherty as the striker tried to take the ball round him. In the ensuing chaos Warren Bentley screwed an effort wide, but in a tit for tat attack on 57 minutes Argent got in the clear in a one-on-one with Smith, who did exactly the right thing in calmly thwarting the striker. Throughout the game, the young keeper, who is on Arsenal's books and signed very late before the game, didn't put a foot wrong and performed in a manner well above what could be expected from a 17-year-old. I am sure that he any nerves were settled after cleanly plucking a cross from the air in the first half, and he went on from there to deservedly earn Man of the Match, awarded possibly for his assured performance rather than any spectacular saves.

Just after the hour a Marley Ridge cross found Lewis who hardly tested a keeper of Smith's calibre with his header, and the increasing influence of Lewis Benson then nearly bore fruit when on 64 minutes he tested O'Flaherty with a low right foot effort after cutting in from the left. Four minutes later Benson found himself on the opposite side of the park and again forced O'Flaherty to earn his corn. Benson was causing trouble and on 72 minutes another cross was hurriedly put over the bar by a desperate Gosport defender.

With only 15 minutes remaining, the match was still finely balanced and with Salisbury pressing forward, it was no surprise when Matt Paterson found himself one-on-one with Smith, who again showed remarkable calm and precision in preventing an opener.

Not to be denied, yet another fierce Benson cross from the right was just too far in advance of Bentley, who would surely have applied the finishing touch.had he been a couple of inches nearer the line, but the final, and ultimately deciding act of the contest came when Jacob Bancroft leathered a Benson free-kick against the outstretched hand of Gosport's Sam Roberts and referee Adam Baker had no hesitation in correctly pointing to the spot. The new laws are specific on handball offences and the main reason for the penalty award would surely have been the 12/15 yards or so distance the ball travelled from Bancroft's foot. No VAR technology would have changed anything! Whatever, Colson took responsibility and just about squeezed a powerful finish past a despairing O'Flaherty 's right hand. Think the job may be yours George, at least for the time being!

penalty2George Colson on the spot for the winner - ©Roger Elliott

The season has truly got underway and will hopefully be continued in the same vein with the visit of Dorchester on Saturday, who will not have been too pleased to have to travel to Truro on a Tuesday, and even less pleased on the return journey after suffering a 3-0 defeat.

The attendance against Gosport at the Ray Mac was great, especially for a Tuesday evening game, and was by far the highest of all the league games on the evening, but after last night's showing this should really be increased substantially on Saturday for another local-ish derby. Come along and support your team.


Salisbury FC: Smith, Colson, Sommerton, Dawson, Amankwaah, Oseni, Benson, Knowles, Holmes (Fitchett 73), Wellard (Bentley 54), Hippolyte-Patrick (Bancroft 61).

Subs not used: Mullings, Young.

Gosport Borough: O'Flaherty, Lea, Carter, Roberts, Woodford, Lewis (Huggins 77), Argent, Barker (Paterson 62), Kennedy, Williams, Whittingham (Ridge 45).

Attendance: 688                   Referee: A Baker.

Match Report - Chesham United v Salisbury

Chesham Report


Chesham United 2 Salisbury 0

BetVictor Southern League Premier Division South

Saturday 10 August

By Dave Todd

Salisbury suffered a disappointing opening day defeat at the hands of a well organised Chesham United side who ended last season well and look set to carry that form into the new season.

With five debutants in the Whites’ starting line up it was perhaps no surprise that the home side settled the quickest and after seven minutes Karl Oliyide missed a good opportunity when he fired well over the top from close range after good work from Dernell Wynter who was a constant danger.

Oliyide’s wind assisted cross had Gerard Benfield back pedalling as it landed on the top of the net while a powerful run into the box from the same player was stopped by a perfectly timed tackle from Josh Sommerton.

The pace of Shaquille Hippolyte-Patrick looked like being a useful attacking outlet for the Whites and brought a great opportunity when his run into the penalty area was halted by Steve Brown’s challenge and referee Tristan Greaves pointed to the spot. Hippolyte-Patrick stepped up to take the penalty himself, but home keeper Ben Goode guessed correctly and with the ball struck at a good height for the keeper, saved well to his left.

Salisbury enjoyed a brief spell in the ascendancy with Darren Mullings heading over the bar from a Lewis Benson corner and a Hippolyte-Patrick cross finding Dan Fitchett at the far post, only for the striker’s effort to lack power as it went straight to Goode.

Fitchett’s name went into the book following a late challenge on Mark Kirby, while just before the interval Nathaniel Oseni was also shown a yellow card for his reaction to a free kick award from which Billy Adcock fired well wide from a dangerous position.

Eight minutes into the second half Benson’s inswinging free kick forced Goode to punch the ball for a corner under pressure with the strong wind a big factor but two minutes later it was the home side who opened the scoring. Oliyide fed Wynter on the left and he cut inside George Colson before firing in a shot which was too powerful for Benfield to keep out.

Wynter was finding more and more space on the Chesham left but his second goal after 68 minutes was a scrappier affair. Following a Chesham corner from the right, the Whites’ defence were unable to clear and from the ensuing scramble, Wynter found space to fire home from close range.

By this time Salisbury had introduced Toby Holmes to the attack and a threaded through ball from Benson gave him the chance of a shot which was well blocked for a corner.

An exchange of passes between Mullings and Hippolyte-Patrick saw Mullings shoot over from the edge of the area and at the other end Benfield blocked well with his legs from Wynter with Eoin Casey firing the loose ball over the top.

There were half chances for Fitchett and Holmes in the closing stages but overall, the Chesham defence, well marshalled by Kirby, saw the game out comfortably and there can be few complaints at the final outcome.

The Whites now look to get the season up and running in Tuesday’s opening home league game against a new look Gosport Borough side who kicked off their campaign with an impressive looking 3-0 victory over last season’s runners-up Taunton Town.


Chesham United: Goode, Prosper, Watson, Martin, Kirby, Brown, Pearce (Blake 82), Adcock, Louis (Casey 74), Oliyide (Hart 69), Wynter.

Subs not used: Clayton, Murphy

Salisbury: Benfield, Colson, Felix (Young 74), Dawson (Bancroft 69). Oseni, Sommerton, Benson, Mullings, Fitchett, Bentley (Holmes 63), Hippolyte-Patrick

Subs not used: Knowles, Rayfield

Referee: T Greaves (Godalming)

Attendance: 452