Tuesday 3rd November 2015
By Alec Hayter
The City with the big spire played host to one with a smaller one, and, as the saying goes, a good big ’un will always beat a good little ’un! For a friendly, this game was….wait for it…inspired and the Whites ran out comfortable 3-0 winners in the end. It could though have been more.
The match was competitive, between sides who in their respective leagues are effectively at the same level, and gave Steve Claridge the chance to look at three triallists – Harry Wedlake (ex Havant & Waterlooville), Matt Lattibeandiere (ex Forest Green), and Taurean Roberts, (ex Crystal Palace, Mertsham, and Met Police).
To say that I have left the best to last would be unfair, especially as after only seven minutes, a very unfriendly tackle put an end to Wedlake’s opportunity. To ensure that he was given every chance to see if he could carry on, it was not until some five minutes later that Claudio Herbert replaced him, the Whites practising their 10-men technique in the meantime! It is worth noting that Roberts’s contribution, including but by no means restricted to the first goal of the evening, was very noteworthy, and I am sure I am not the only one to note that!
Salisbury keeper Nathan Ball had to be alert after 3 minutes when Chichester’s Tom Bush tested him, but the next real action, after a surging run by Lattibeandiere had come to nothing seconds later, was Roberts’ goal.
A long throw gave Herbert the chance to shield the ball which eventually found its way to Roberts the edge of the box – and an accurate, firmly struck and assured finish made it 1-0.
Jack Maloney then suffered the agony of seeing his pile driver whistle past the angle, and Tom Whelan then dribbled through the middle, but his final touch was a little too strong and his attempted placement was easily gathered by keeper Austin Holdham.
The Whites were well on top, and Ashley Jarvis turned his man before firing a right foot effort just wide on 44 minutes.
It took only 14 minutes of second half action before the lead was doubled, Eddie Perrett (pictured) burying a close range header from Herbert’s cross, and under a minute later it was three as Sam Wilson was brought down in the box. He got up to send the keeper the wrong way with the spot kick.
The visitors carved a rare opportunity on 65 minutes when Louis Edwards pulled an inviting ball back to Tom Atkinson, but Ball was equal to his effort.
Herbert and Wilson both went close with rocket shots and on 74 minutes the goalmouth action was completed with a 25-yard Roberts curler which just missed the target but nevertheless almost allowed him to finish the game where he came in.
Salisbury: Ball, Perrett (Walker 62), Blake, Wedlake (Herbert 12, subbed by Demkiv 56), Matthews, Hale, Maloney, Lattibeandiere ( Wilson 56), Jarvis, Whelan (Colson 72), Roberts.
All subs(and more!) used.
Chichester: Holdham, Williams, Bingham, Case, French, Horncastle, Smith, Kendall, Wild, Bush, Byles.
(Subs - chaotic friendly conditions and lack of information did not allow accurate recording!)
Attendance: 160 approx.