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.