Salisbury FC 6 Laverstock & Ford 1 - match report

Saturday 19 December 2015

Wiltshire Senior Cup

By Alec Hayter

The Joy of Six once more descended on the Ray Mac with another comprehensive victory but this time in addition the Whites took revenge on local rivals Lavvy, who had inflicted a narrow defeat on them recently in the Salisbury Hospitals Cup.

The “six appeal” theme has entertained home crowds for a while now. Since October, in all competitions, opposing teams’ nets have bulged with six goals six times, and on one occasion seven goals were scored. Value for money, by my reckoning.

The intent was shown early on, although for much of the match Salisbury did not have, or need, to reproduce the intensity they have shown on other occasions, evidenced by the single goal half-time lead.

The scoring might have started earlier but Lavvy Keeper Acer Burton did well to touch a Taurean Roberts drive into the side netting on six minutes. Roberts showed early on that he was in the mood, and later on demonstrated that with some dazzling runs, assists, and most memorable of all, a spectacular strike for Salisbury’s third.

Laverstock’s Archie Lovegrove showed that his team would try to have some say in matters when, on 9 minutes he curled an effort just outside the post from the edge of the box. He later put a 25-yard effort narrowly wide, but that was all that was seen of the visitors as an attacking force until the game’s very last seconds.

Roberts provided a 26th minute cross, but after Robbie Matthews chested the ball down, his finish was deflected wide. The scoring commenced, though, only two minutes later with a simply crafted opener. Claudio Herbert, sent in a perfect cross for Ashley Jarvis to glance a header into the net.

Three minutes before the interval Burton pulled off a great stop from Kane O’Keefe’s rising howitzer, and thus the Whites had to be content with a single-goal interval lead.

I doubt if many in the crowd were too perturbed, as they know all about second-half performances, and they were not disappointed. Two minutes after the restart O’Keefe, playing against his former club, virtually killed off the match as a contest, reacting swiftly to head home Roberts’s driven cross. It must be said that a searching pin-point pass from Jack Vallis out of defence had started what was a fine move.

Roberts wanted some action for himself, and was unlucky to see his skilful lob, on the run, hit the bar. He had his reward, though, on 54 minutes with what, up until now, must be the goal of the season. Herbert’s corner reached him, and Roberts’ sizzling 25-yard half volley nearly broke the net, with keeper Burton only seeming to move after the scorer had performed his overjoyed cartwheels. It was now 3-0 and a question of “how many”?

Three, to be precise, in the space of 19 minutes. O’Keefe got his second with another header on 57, from Herbert’s corner, and with 22 minutes remaining Eddie Perrett waltzed through the visitors’ defence, finishing his solo run with a low shot to make it five.

Dan Demkiv had entered the fray shortly before and he also got into the act, cutting inside before hitting a firm and classy left foot shot into the far corner.

The Joy of Six was just a little dampened by the Disappointment of One, a very late consolation goal scored by Russell Jones to spoil the clean sheet. Also, milliseconds before the referee blew, Adam Jones could have added a second but missed the target when clean through. These things will not have pleased the boss, but maybe will be forgiven just once at this festive time of the year.

In the end, it was a good win for the Sydenhams Wessex Pemier team of the month for November over the winners of the Division One award. Whites will now play a semi-final scheduled for the week beginning Feburary 15th 2016 against either Bemerton Heath Harlequins, Corsham Town or Melksham Town.

Most of the crowd, a fantastic turnout of 493 on the last shopping Saturday before Christmas, will have some good memories of the game, and most, I am sure, cannot wait for the next home game, a juicy local Derby against Bemerton Heath Harlequins on Monday 28th December. Don’t be late, it’s a 2 pm kick-off!

Salisbury FC: Ball, Colson, Blake, S. Roberts, Vallis, Perrett, Herbert (Herbert 71), O’Keefe (Whelan 62), Matthews, Jarvis, T. Roberts (Wilson 74).

Subs not used: Walker, Mundy

Laverstock & Ford: Burton, Hoare (Bourner 60), Dorrington, Morgan, Donohue, Wykes (O’Hagan 70), Lovegrove, Gallagher, A. Jones, Mundy (Hurst 60), R. Jones.

Subs not used: Clifton, Newman-Judd.

Referee: O. Ballinger.

Attendance: 493.

Highworth Town 1 Salisbury FC 5 - match report

FA Vase 3rd Round Proper

Saturday 12 December 2015

By Alec Hayter

For the nigh on 300 Salisbury fans who made the trip “up North” the journey to Highworth was well worth the trouble as, for the second consecutive game, not only did their team win, but did so in style, with goals, again for the second time, that would not be easily bettered on Match of the Day.

This quickly maturing squad (and I mean squad) managed to beat a strong wind, a bumpy pitch, and of course one of last year’s Vase semi-finalists. That’s two semi-finalists beaten now. This prompted Steve Claridge to say after the game: “These lads have developed the winning mentality, and we don’t fear anyone at this level.”

A Tom Whelan corner in the fourth minute was whipped in to the danger area, and before any Highworth defender could react, Sam Wilson whipped in a near post header to give his side a dream start to a game which had been rated as potentially difficult.

Two minutes later the home side might well have equalized when Callum Parsons received the ball from Bradley Clarke, but put his on-the-turn finish well over from no more than 6 yards. Highworth would rue this missed chance, as the Whites got on top and spent the next 15 minutes inside the home half before increasing the lead.

George Colson will have been disappointed when he mistimed an effort from 25 yards, but delighted when what turned out to be a perfectly weighted pass put in the alert Brandon Mundy to nip in before the keeper and tuck away the second.

On 30 minutes a second meaningful incursion into the Whites’ half ended with danger man Terry Bohane tamely lifting the ball over from eight yards – another rare chance gone, and again his side were made to pay.

Three minutes before half time, Colson was again the provider, and there was no lack of intent in his precise delivery which allowed Kane O’Keefe to glance a header low into the corner for 3-0.

Just before the break, the icing on the cake... (sounds a bit like “a Ten from Len” – if you watch Strictly Come Dancing). As the referee almost had the whistle in his mouth Whelan decided to waltz his way through the middle of the Highworth defence. Those around me heard me shout “hit it”, and hit it he did, with such venom that the keeper was left flat footed when the ball whizzed past him at his near post. I am not claiming any credit for the advice/shot, but would not mind some of whatever young Mr Whelan has stuffed into his right boot recently!

The second half started as the first had ended, and another goal made it 5-0 when Wilson’s cross-shot was parried by keeper Gary Eggleton into the path of Danny Young, who made no mistake.

Three minutes later, Highworth pulled a goal back when Jon Davoile seized on a clearance to shoot home and the home side now began to have more joy, having the same benefit from the swirling conditions as the Whites had enjoyed  in the first half. A 25-yard free kick from Bohane brought a super stop from Gareth Barfoot on 52 minutes – his first serious action of the match..

In spite of much huffing and puffing from the Worthians, that proved virtually the end of the goalmouth action, and at 5-1 down with twenty minutes left, I would imagine that the last thing any Highworth official or player wanted was to see a triple Whites substitution in the shape of two very quick wide players, and a giant in the centre of the attack.

The game ended on a sour note for the home side as Toby Clark was shown a straight red after an innocent looking thrash at the ball, instead connecting with Robbie Matthews. The referee saw it as an intended kick, and the early bath was inevitable, although the offence was quite out of character with much of the rest of the game.

My opinion, for what it’s worth, is that both sides tried to give a good showing in very difficult conditions, but only one was good enough to succeed. Any Highworth supporter would have been disappointed, but all credit to them. Everyone I encountered was very gracious in defeat and realistic. I hope they get the promotion they seek.

Highworth Town: Eggelton, Joyce, Butler, Clark, Edmundson (Wadieh 45 ), Parsons, Drewitt, Davoire (Blackford 78), Bohane, Maximen, Clarke (Saunders 65).

Subs not used: Brown, Beale.

Salisbury FC: Barfoot, Colson, Perrett, Whelan, Walker, Brockway, Demkiv

(Herbert 73), O’Keefe, Wilson (Matthews 72), Mundy, Young (Roberts 68).

Subs not used: Jarvis, Ball.

Referee: R. Morris.

Attendance: 357.

* Whites win at Highworth means that the Wessex League Premier game against Andover Town scheduled for Saturday January 9th will now be rearranged as that is the date of the Vase 4th round.


Salisbury FC 6 Fareham Town 0 - match report

Sydenhams Wessex Premier

Saturday 5 December 2015

By Alec Hayter

Barcelonaesque at times, the Whites comfortably overcame a Fareham side who can be especially pleased with the performances of keeper Charlie Searle, without whose skills the scoreline would have been more embarrassing, and the lively Ashley Tattersall up front, who put in a lot more than a shift, mostly on his own.

The marauding Whites made it 101 goals in all matches this season, but perhaps more importantly for goal lovers (aren’t we all – at the right end?) no fewer than 63 goals at the Ray Mac. Good value or what?

As I was writing this, I was pretty confident that three of the six would not be bettered on Match of the Day, and it was Brandon Mundy who opened the scoring on 17 minutes with a thunderous volley when receiving the ball from his left. Before that Robbie Matthews (pictured) and Mundy had already had chances before the second arrived on 28 minutes, Tom Whelan sending a 30-yard belter into the top corner after Danny Young gave him the ball.

You would not have blamed the visitors for being demoralised at that point, and especially more so when the Whites conjured some intricate passing to provide Kane O’Keefe with two further opportunities before the interval.

The first half was the training session, the second the fruition. Minutes in, George Colson put the ball forward and Matthews almost had too much time before making it 3-0, but a poor cross-field ball out of defence gave Fareham a glimmer, the grateful recipient Tattersall ballooning a good chance over the top.

Calum Brockway, who was excellent at the heart of the Salisbury defence and earned the mna of the match award from shirt sponsors Cara Glass, cleared up a mix-up on 57 minutes with another well-timed tackle on Tattersall, but shortly after any nerves should have been settled when Whelan’s corner gave O’Keefe a headed opportunity. O’Keefe will know that he should have got the effort on target, at least, but he atoned for that miss 10 minutes later, pouncing on the rebound from a Whelan drive to make it 4-0.

On the hour, it was all change with a triple substitution – Ashley Jarvis, Taurean Roberts, and Claudio Herbert replacing Sam Wilson (who had been quiet, for him), Whelan, and Dan Demkiv.

Within two minutes it was obvious that more goals were in the offing when the crowd-pleasing Roberts’ first touch from a trademark run to the bye-line gave Matthews a chance, with Mooncat’s effort foiled by a superb save from Searle.

Another piece of sole raiding on 64 minutes saw Tattersall, without even limited company (ouch!), and chased by Brockway towards goal, went to ground, but the referee waved away appeals for a penalty as the lively striker suffered another good Brockway intervention, and it was back up the other end where, for the second time in the match, Matthews again seemed to have too much time and space, and netted the fifth. It brought up the ton, the goal being Whites' 100th of the season.

It was not over, and one minute into time added on, O’Keefe got his second, with a picture goal – the third goal to possibly outstrip anything to be seen later on the box. Roberts was again the provider, his pinpoint cross on the run finding the Whites’ captain who buried his header to send most of the crowd home happy.

I say most of the crowd, although a small contingent of hardy and noisy Fareham Town fans, with a flag big enough to keep them all warm, must be applauded for supporting their team right to the end, even though their favourites were thoroughly and comprehensively dispatched.

As for Salisbury fans – another great turn-out in chilly, blustery weather, and on a day when there is usually the pull of Christmas shopping to be done.

Salisbury FC: Ball, Colson, Perrett, Whelan (Roberts 60), Brockway, Mundy, Demkiv (Herbert 60), O’Keefe, Matthews, Wilson (Jarvis 60), Young.

Subs not used: Hart, Vallis

Fareham Town: Searle, Szemis, Brailey, Jackson (Davis 67), Heard, James, Boud, Naylor, Tattersall, Ridge (Kimber 45), Woods (Camp 80)

Subs not used: Martin, Dewey.

Referee: W. Thomas.

Attendance: 594.

Salisbury FC 5 Fleet Spurs 2 - match report

Wessex League Cup 2nd Round

Tuesday 1st December 2015

By Alec Hayter

YOU can’t get much more of a local derby than the one set up in this competition after this win! Amesbury Town are the next opponents in the last 16, so I don’t suppose there will be an overnight stay!

In what was a fairly low key affair, the Whites came out on top, and the crowd were entertained by the goals, and at an early stage, just after the visitors had taken a somewhat fortuitous lead, a well known gentleman near me confirmed that, of late, we have needed a goal against before we got started.

Well, start we did, but without the usual intensity, and in the end did just about enough to see us into the next round. It was difficult to play the normal game on the ground as this was not the usual billiard table surface in spite of efforts to make it so, although at times bad decisions were to blame as much as any bobble.

Early on Taurean Roberts (pictured) showed good intent with a drive that tested keeper Mark Appleby, but Fleet Spurs opened the scoring on 11 minutes, when a snap shot by Tom Chillery took a strong deflection leaving Nathan Ball wrong-footed as the ball looped into the corner furthest from him. Neither discussion nor on-pitch body language revealed who got the last touch, and no doubt the player concerned will be relieved!

The lead only lasted four minutes when a Tom Whelan corner zipped across the turf and found its way through a crowded box for Jack Vallis to pass it into the net.

On 19 minutes the Whites had the lead when a superb cross from Claudio Herbert on the right found Roberts. His forward momentum and full on header went into the net before the keeper could move, with the scorer demonstrating a high level of cartwheel skills in celebration.

A couple of minutes later Roberts slipped a lovely ball inside the full back but a definite bobble caused Herbert to sky his finish.

The visitors flickered into life seconds later when Ball seemed to see a fairly tame effort by Tom Slane very late, the ball hitting the upright, but five minutes before the break Herbert put daylight between the sides with a deft near-post header from Tom Whelan’s corner.

It could have been four before the break but Robbie Matthews’s header, again from a Whelan corner, was somehow cleared off the line. Oh for goal-line technology, as many, apart from the assistant referee, thought the ball had crossed the line.

The expected increase in pace following the interval never really occurred, and Fleet Spurs seemed to still have more energy than many visiting teams can show as games wear on. However,  even without raising their game very much, on 53 minutes Roberts chipped to the near post where Ashley Jarvis’s flick was gathered by Appleby, whilst six minutes later the keeper again did well to keep out a Jarvis header from a cross provided by guess who... Roberts!

Just after the hour it was Roberts (later given the Man of the Match award) who intercepted a poor square pass by Adam Nash and held off (some would say literally) a defender before slotting home the fourth.

Two minutes after that goal came one from Fleet Spurs, which ranked as one of the better goals of the evening, up alongside Roberts’s earlier header. It came from nothing as Jordan Gibbs, on the edge of the box, scored with a well –aimed chip that had Ball scrambling, to no avail.

Substitute Tom Thorne was unlucky to see his fierce drive saved by Appleby on 88 minutes, but the scoring was completed when, a minute into time added, Matthews put in Herbert for his second, a cool low finish, to make it five.

One thing worthy of mention is that Callum Hart came through nearly an hour unscathed after his long injury absence, and that equates to having a new player in the squad!

I am pretty sure that the Fleet Spurs management will be pleased with their side’s showing, but I’m not so sure that the same sentiment will be echoed elsewhere, although it was a case of “job done”, and on to Amesbury.

Salisbury FC: Ball, Martin (Thorne 68), Hart (Perrett 56), Whelan, Walker, Vallis, Herbert, Hale, Matthews, Jarvis, Roberts (Blake 68).

Subs not used: Colson, Wilson

Fleet Spurs: Appleby, Colfer (Knowles 66), Nash (Battison 60), Barnes, Mudoni, Jones, Exton (Best 56), Gibbs, Chillery, Eaton, Slane.

Referee: S. Jenkins.

Attendance: 353.