Sydenhams Wessex Premier
Tuesday13 October 2015
By Alec Hayter
Crime doesn’t pay, and neither does the lesser offence of indiscipline, which Moneys showed in abundance, in a game that I, for one, initially thought was going to be a tough test. “Tough test” – well the home side tried very hard to make it just that with the first of those words, and for a short while succeeded with the second, but in the end their indiscipline - which saw them have three men sent off - contributed to their heavy defeat.
The ingredients were there. After a difficult week when a change of manager saw the new man - Dave Carter, from Horndean - watching the team for the first time before taking charge, as always players want to put a bit extra in to impress, but Moneyfields did not channel their efforts in the right direction, and paid the price,
Things looked good for them when, on six minutes, Jake Raine was given time and space in front of goal to head the opener, but, it must be said, courtesy of some very slack defending at the corner. For a short period it looked as though the home side were capable of a second, but in fact that was their only shot on target for the rest of the game, as Salisbury became stronger.
Gradually the Whites pushed forward and were denied a penalty when Brandon Mundy seemed to be tripped in the box. The referee instead questionably booked Mundy for simulation, but it was all square on penalty shouts when the home side had an appeal of their own turned down. Charlie Blake then had a header cleared off the line and Mundy mishit a finish wide from an inviting Danny Young pull back.
Kane O’Keefe (pictured) got the visitors back on terms with a firm strike on the turn on 34 minutes, (and not many could have argued that it was not deserved), before Young again burst to the goal line, again pulled the ball back, and again Mundy was in the right place but could only shoot at keeper Cameron Scott.
Another goal was obviously needed and came after a bright opening to the second period, O’Keefe getting his second - and his ninth of the season in all competitions - on 54 minutes after Tom Whelan broke forward from the halfway line. He delivered a superb pass wide to Claudio Herbert, who had been a constant threat to his full back all evening. Herbert took his time (almost too much time) before dinking his cross on to the captain’s head.
So 2-1 it was, and although there had been earlier indications of trouble ahead for the home side due to their physicality, not many would have bet money on what was to follow. In the space of two minutes Moneys were reduced to nine men.
First to go was Conor Bailey for a second yellow, for foul and abusive language, but in my opinion, he had been lucky to receive only yellow for a nasty first half tackle on Mundy, who was later forced from the action because of the injury.
If that was a nasty tackle then the one which earned Curtis Da Costa a straight red two minutes later, (and 'costa' his side dear), for a lunge at Whelan’s shin begs a stronger adjective, possibly including some unprintable words. Whelan’s destroyed shin guard did its job, or St Mary’s Hospital might have had an additional “guest”.
Down to nine men, for a short period Moneyfields resisted in spite of a well struck Herbert shot that tested keeper Scott, and they hung on for 13 minutes before the Whites made the numbers tell, Sam Wilson taking his season's tally to 13 with a left- footed effort on 80 minutes. Dan Demkiv was then unlucky when his difficult volley shaved the upright, and soon after O’Keefe’s hat-trick was denied by the keeper.
Three goals in three minutes saw to the final score line, as Moneyfields lost another player, right back Dan Woodward - in the last minute of his debut after signing from Horndean - seeing a second yellow card.
On 85 minutes Whelan took a square pass and bent his shot into the bottom corner for 4-1. Substitutions were again very effective and Robbie 'Mooncat' Matthews’s arrival resulted in an assist with almost his first touch, when he headed the ball back into the mix for sub Ashley Jarvis’ close range finish. With two minutes left George Colson slammed in the sixth from just outside the box.
The victory stretched Whites' unbeaten run to 13 games - 12 of which have been won - and their lead at the top of the table to seven points, though second-placed Andover Town have three games in hand.
Salisbury: Barfoot, Colson, Blake (Jarvis 73), Whelan, Walker, Vallis, Herbert, O’Keefe, Wilson (Matthews 80), Mundy (Demkiv 65), Young.
Subs not used: Roberts, Maloney.
Moneyfields: Scott, Woodward, Bailey, McAuley, Chapman, Da Costa, Hore, Raine, Gaunlett, Seiden (McInnnnes 59), Way (Cook 64).
Subs not used: Hunt, Thomas, Pennary.
Referee: S. Graham.