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Wroughton 1 Salisbury 6 - match report

Wilts Senior Cup First Round

Saturday 10th October 2015

By Alec Hayter

The Whites arrived at this game, played at Highworth Town FC, full of beans, (to be precise baked beans, toast and tea apparently superbly provided by the The Plough at Badbury, ideally placed just south of Swindon).

Manager Steve Claridge’s motive was clearly to provide the pre-match meal to give some of those who had not previously experienced it an idea of what it is like to be involved in the professional game. The experience was kindly provided at Steve’s expense, and apparently the Plough did a good job. So did the Whites.

By half time, they had treated a large travelling support and Wroughton fans to two superb finishes that forged a 2-0 interval lead, which might have been enough for all to think “game over”. The plucky Wiltshire League side did themselves great credit by not giving up, however, and it was not until the very late stages of the game when superior fitness told.

Wroughton carved the first chance after eight minutes when Jamie Hicks maybe should have embarrassed the visitors, instead putting a free header over the top, but although Salisbury had the majority of possession it was not until 10 minutes later that they made it count.

Dan Demkiv, always impressive on the right, sent over a well flighted cross, which Robbie Matthews (pictured) volleyed first time into the corner with keeper Eddie Salisbury left to admire his work. On 29 minutes “Mooncat” was unlucky to see a firm header kept out by the keeper when George Colson crossed.

Obviously in the mood, Matthews then demanded the ball for a 30th minute free kick but could not keep the shot down, though went on to become the perfect pain in the backside for home defenders throughout.

It was 2-0 on 37 minutes when Brandon Mundy left the bemused keeper standing again with a rocket shot into the top corner, and just before the break the lead could have been more when Demkiv’s effort from the edge of the box frightened the upright.

Changes were made for the second half, Colson and Mundy making way for Tom Whelan and Ashley Jarvis, who should really have done better with almost his first touch from close in on 58 minutes when Matthews headed the ball invitingly back across goal.

The third goal came shortly afterwards when Whelan let fly from fully 30 yards to make keeper Salisbury feel his reactions were suspect, and after good work  between Demkiv and Matthews, Jarvis, again from close range, made it 4-0 on 69 minutes.

Wroughton’s best moment came seconds later when Jack Vallis was robbed on the edge of the area, the ball falling to Steve Nisbitt to strike a low shot past Nathan Ball for a consolation goal. As Wroughton flickered again, Ball thwarted Nisbitt in a one on one.

That was the sign for a Whites’ response, and Eddie Perrett headed over from a deep Demkiv centre. As the opponents began to feel the pace, Jarvis worked the keeper before, with 11 minutes remaining, Whelan’s free kick saw Matthews nip in front of a defender to score the fifth with a bullet near post header.

The striker nearly got his hat trick seconds later but another powerful header whistled the wrong side of the upright.  At the death, an excellent Jack Maloney cross found Perrett whose firm header made it six.

Many Salisbury supporters might have regarded this type of match as a waste of a Saturday, but manager Claridge was in no doubt that he wanted his players to get as many matches as possible under their belts, the game affording an opportunity to test them and even experiment with playing positions. So, it was “job done” in more ways than one.

Salisbury: Ball, Colson (Whelan 45), Blake, Hale, Vallis, Mundy (Jarvis 45), Demkiv, Roberts, Matthews, Perrett, Maloney.

Subs not used: Wilson, Herbert, Young.

Wroughton: Salisbury, Hammond, Moulden, Martin, Chambers, Flanagan, Lea (Smart 67), Balfe (Hayland26), Keech, Nisbitt, Hicks.

Subs not used: Love, Chuka

Salisbury FC 2 Fawley 0 - match report

By Alec Hayter

Sydenhams Wessex Premier

Tuesday 6 October

Another home game, another cup final for eager opponents, another hard fought game, and most crucially, another 3 points.

Fawley were better and more enterprising than our last league opponents and seemed to want to try and pose a threat, and in fact in the first 45 minutes had the only real efforts on goal. After two minutes Benjamin Bolton tried his luck with a snapshot from 18 yards, which Gareth Barfoot easily gathered, and we then had to wait until the 30th minute for anything remotely like another effort on goal at either end. A 25 yard effort from the visitors’ Dylan Knight went straight at Barfoot, but lacked the force to be classified as anything more than a pass back.

Fawley’s best , and really only chance came from a set piece six minutes later, when Dane Sayce’s 30-yard free kick brought a less than comfortable save from Barfoot.

No mention of the Whites yet, and indeed there was nothing to say before the break, except to relate some bad player decision-making, misplaced passes and a slow pace to the game, with Salisbury unable to impose themselves on a hard-working side.

My notepad’s lack of scribble was worrying me and continued to do so until Salisbury’s first effort on goal just after the hour. The lively Tom Whelan was very unlucky that his rasping shot from just outside the box missed the upright, on the wrong side, by a whisker.

Salisbury seemed slow in getting out of defence to support the front players, and the ball was easily cleared by the Fawley rearguard until the Whites began to up the pace.

On 66 minutes Claudio Herbert delivered a good cross to Kane O’Keefe, six yards out, but the midfielder’s finish was disappointingly weak and keeper Michael Edgar was barely troubled.

Only a matter of seconds later Ashley Jarvis broke clear but was denied by the youthful custodian in a one-on-one, and shortly afterwards Brandon Mundy wasted a chance at the far post from George Colson’s delivery.

It now seemed though just a matter of time, and that time arrived, but not until the 86th minute (some nails having been well bitten!).

Robbie Matthews and Dan Demkiv (pictured) had been on for only 7 minutes when they combined, Matthews spraying the ball wide for Demkiv to send over an accurate cross on to the head of Sam Wilson who made no mistake from close in. The relief could be felt in the sizeable crowd, but the action was not over, Matthews in particular impressing with deft touches and not wasting a pass.

Three minutes into time added on many would have put money on Tom Whelan finding the net when through, but the keeper did enough to make him fire just wide. Then in the fourth extra minute the Whites got their second when the third sub, Jack Maloney, threaded a good ball through the left channel, and Demkiv’s calm and measured low finish gave the keeper no chance.

Whilst the Whites had most of the possession, and deserved the points, Fawley will have been disappointed to concede a second so late. Had the second goal not happened though, the points would still have remained in Wiltshire.

 A final mention for the crowd, who, to their credit, remained as patient as their team had to be!


Salisbury: Barfoot, Colson, Mundy, Whelan, Walker, Vallis, Herbert (Demkiv 79), O’Keefe, Wilson, Jarvis (Matthews 84), Young (Maloney 79).

Subs not used: Perrett, Blake.

Fawley: Edgar, Sayce, Hawkins, Tanner, Chris Lucas, Aaron Lucas, Johnston, Bolton, Knight (Mellor 72), Willett (Keen 81), Willis (Pooley 76).

Sub not used: Roche

Referee: Mr. M. Fogt

Attendance: 520.


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.

Salisbury FC 1 Cowes Sports 0 - Match Report

By Alec Hayter

Most would agree that this game was not the best advert for Wessex League football, and most from Salisbury would probably also agree that a win is a win.

Naturally, in view of SFC’s perceived status and their start to the season, teams will come and do everything to avoid defeat, putting 10 men behind the ball. Cowes were an example of that.

The first 10 minutes of not a lot of action ended with Ashley Jarvis nearly profiting from a defensive ricochet, giving him the sharp chance of lobbing keeper Ed Hatt, but the bar prevented an opener. After another 15 minutes of dull spoiling play by the visitors the Whites were nearly caught out by a free kick just outside box, the ball being slipped right to the overlapping Nathan Lewis. His squared delivery was expertly gathered by Salisbury keeper Gareth Barfoot, who went on to make further telling contributions later in the game.

Another 11 minutes of tedium ended with Lewis sending a lob well over the Salisbury bar, and at halftime, on chances, it was 2-1 to Cowes.

The Whites could not get going and at the very welcome interval, manager Steve Claridge made what turned out to be very important substitutions, with Claudio Herbert coming on for the ineffective Dan Demkiv, and Tom Whelan for the card-susceptible Stephen Walker, who had received a caution for an incident which caused Cowes’ Charlie Smeeton to act as if nominated for an Oscar.

Salisbury started the second half in brighter frame of mind, perhaps the result of the half time talk, with Calum Brockway’s attempt being deflected wide on 47 minutes before a low drive from Sam Roberts shortly afterwards was well saved by Hatt.

The spoiling game from Cowes continued, but they got what they deserved for their tactics when live-wire Herbert tumbled in the box for what may have been a doubtful penalty. Strictly speaking if there is contact and a player goes down, the chances are a penalty will result. The decision was made by the assistant, and Herbert calmly placed his shot past Hatt for 1-0. Cowes and their supporters will forever feel hard done by – possibly until the cows come home!


Claudio Herbert

As the Whites upped the pace Whelan sent in an audacious chip which had Hatt scrambling, but as the game opened up, so did the Whites’ defence. First half villain Smeeton got clear on 65 minutes but saw his effort saved by Barfoot, whilst at the other end Brockway might have sealed the points with a header which skimmed the bar.

 “We need another goal” was heard near me, but it was Cowes who nearly scored, with a great Barfoot block from Thomas Scovell’s close range effort maintaining the lead.

Barfoot was in action again on 80 minutes, another sharp block denying Jordan Browne. Cowes had a penalty shout of their own, and might feel aggrieved that their appeals were waved away.

That signalled the end of the goalmouth action, but there was always a possibility that the visitors, surprisingly now on the front foot, would snatch an equalizer.

Maybe if they had adopted the same attitude earlier, they would have scored, but also Salisbury might have punished a more enterprising  style. We will never know, but on this occasion the Islanders’ overall tactics earned them exactly what they got – nothing.

Salisbury:  Barfoot, Colson, Hart, Roberts, Walker (Whelan 45), Brockway, Demkiv (Herbert 45), Mundy (Maloney 79), Jarvis, Wilson, Young.

Subs not used: Matthews, Perrett.

Cowes: Hatt, Draper, Conway (Adams 60), Williams,Bryan, Scovell, Lewis, Sainsbury, Smeeton (Browne 80), McKie (Malin 80), Wilson.

Subs not used: Gregory, Butt.

Referee: B. Waymark.

Attendance: 567.