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Ticket Prices 2018/2019

 

Having considered the admission prices charged by other clubs in the Evo-Stik Southern
Premier League - South, and taking into account the fact our ticket prices were not increased last
season, it has been decided that admission prices and season ticket prices for the 2018/19
season will be as follows:-

  ADULT CHILD (5-16) SENIOR/STUDENT
Ground Entry £11 £3 £7
Standing Season Ticket £195 £40 £110
Seating Season Ticket £220 £50 £130

 

 

 

 




Season tickets purchased prior to 8 June 2018 will be subject to a discount of £15 (ADULT),
£5 (CHILD) and £10 (SENIOR/STUDENT).


Main Stand Transfer and Car Park remain at £1


Under 5s Free

Early bird season ticket offer is available on page 3 of the shop click here to go directly there, or call the office on 01722 776655.

Season tickets can be collected on the first home league game of the season. Proof of ID and senior/student status (if applicable) required.


Positive news for SFC from Chairman Ian Hammond

I am delighted to say that in spite of all the speculation, Steve Claridge will remain as Manager and a Director of the Club on its journey to a level which is more in line with where it should be.

I had a very encouraging meeting with Steve over a week ago at which he confirmed his intentions, but speculation continued until Woking FC  finally appointed their new manager.

As far as the Club is concerned, I hope that Steve will continue to develop the side, and am content that with the Club’s current financial position he will have the necessary tools.

Ian Hammond

Chairman

 

Steve Claridge added: “Obviously there has been a lot of speculation about my possible involvement in relation to the Manager’s post at Woking FC, but, being in the middle of a project here at Salisbury, I am pleased to confirm that I intend to continue my best efforts to make progress with the Club, which I made clear at my meeting with the Chairman, and welcome the opportunity to do so.

This Club is in a strong financial position, and I believe we will be able hold our own in our new surroundings, before being able to push for the next level.

The Southern Premier League is another step along the way, and sensible progress may not produce immediate results.  Our aim next season will, at least, be to consolidate, but saying that, if things go well then we’ll do our best to finish as high as possible and hopefully surprise a few.

I hope that our fans will keep supporting the Club, as you have always done, as without a team effort from all it will be very difficult to succeed. Next season promises to be very exciting, and I hope you’ll enjoy the ride.“

Message from the Chairman - Ian Ridley

Supporters will no doubt have seen that Ian Ridley has resigned as Vice Chairman and Director of the Club because of personal reasons and an opportunity to become involved in another project.


I would like to publicly thank him on behalf of Salisbury FC for his contribution to the establishment and ongoing development of the Club over the past three years. His knowledge, experience and hard work will be missed.


I would also like to thank him on a personal level for his assistance to me as Chairman during the past year.


Thank you Ian, and best wishes for the future.

You will always be welcome at the Ray Mac or perhaps at some of our away fixtures next season closer to your home.


Ian Hammond.

Chairman

Salisbury FC

SFC Supporters' Club Presentation Evening

 

 A packed Sarum Suite saw presentations of the category awards by Chairman Ian Hammond’s wife Helena, the role of honour comprising:

 

SFCSC Player Of the Year –  Stuart Green

SFCFC PLayers' PLayer of the Year - Elliot Wheeler

SFCSC Young Player of the Year – Tom Whelan

SFCSC Golden Boot – Stuart Green

SFCSC Best Newcomer – Josh Sommerton

SFCSC April 2018 Player of the Month – Lewis Benson

 

In addition, “non playing” recognition awards went to the following:

Salisbury FC Outstanding Achievement Award – John Harper

Catering – Kay McBride

 

Finally, the results of various charity fund-raising initiatives were also recognized, with Stuart Green’s goal efforts earning in excess of £260, and Chris Dunne Veal and Stuart Cullen also raising nearly £2500 towards a £1000 target for Epilepsy UK and the Salisbury Hospice, among others.

Wiltshire Air Ambulance benefited from donations including a bucket collection approaching £1700 following the efforts of the cake-making team, headed up by Beverley & Sandra Ellis. The tasty results of that team’s labours were very popular with supporters and the players (some might say too much so with the players!)

 

Alec Hayter

Whites find out Southern League Premier opponents

AS EXPECTED, Salisbury FC have been placed in the South section of Southern League Premier following their promotion from Evo-Stik South West but there are still some unexpected names in with them following FA restructuring.

Whites find themselves in the middle of an area that spans from London to the East down to Tiverton in the West and will make plenty of trips to both locations. 

The main attraction for Whites fans, though, will be a series of tussles with local opponents, including Poole Town, who have been relegated from National League South, Weymouth, Dorchester Town, Basingstoke Town and Gosport Borough.

There will also be a renewal of acquaintance with fellow promoted clubs Taunton Town and Swindon Supermarine. The two promoted clubs from the East Division, Beaconsfield Town and Hartley Wintney, are also in the new league.

A clutch of former Isthmian League clubs move across, including Hendon and Harrow Borough from North London, Staines Town from Middlesex, Metropolitan Police and Walton Casuals from the South London/Surrey border.

The allocations are provisional, with clubs entitled to appeal if they wish.

The full list of clubs in Southern League - South is:

Banbury United

Basingstoke Town

Beaconsfield Town

Chesham United

Dorchester Town

Farnborough

Frome Town

Gosport Borough

Harrow Borough

Hartley Wintney

Hendon

Kings Langley

Merthyr Town

Metropolitan Police

Poole Town

SALISBURY FC

Staines Town

Swindon Supermarine

Taunton Town

Tiverton

Walton Casuals

Weymouth

The full allocation of Steps 1 to 3 of Non-League football, taking in the restructuring to create a new Midlands league - the Southern League Central - is as follows:

 

Development Squad presented with Wyvern League trophy

Dorchester Town 1 Salisbury FC Development Squad 3 (played at Salisbury)

Wyvern Combination League Midweek Division

8th May 2018

Report and pictures by Alec Hayter

The young Whites finished their league campaign with a good win against Dorchester Town. It would have been easier for the visitors not to have travelled to fulfil the fixture after they were unable to host the match due to their pitch being replaced with a new 4G surface, but credit to them, they not only made the trip, but also put up a very good display in which neither side showed any characteristics whatsoever of an end-of-season affair.

The Dorset side had defeated Salisbury recently in the John Stimpson Memorial Trophy and there was an amount of pride at stake for the Whites, but things did not start well as on 9 minutes Dorchester took a fortuitous lead. Ben Sabine, in front of the Salisbury goal, seemed to have missed the target from 12 yards before a savage deflection wrong-footed keeper Tom Roberts and gave the Magpies the lead.

It took only seven minutes of mounting pressure, however, before Salisbury got back on level terms when Chae Sykes was brought down in the area. Captain Ryan Penny stepped up to plant the ball past keeper Taylor Hibbs and even things up.

In what was always an entertaining end-to-end encounter, Dorchester upped their game once more and Sabine was unlucky after latching on to a piercing ball, screwing his finish wide of the upright with Roberts beaten, and just before the interval, Sabine was again involved but this time was culpable, putting his far post effort wide from only eight yards.

Four minutes into the second period, an inviting cross from Eddie Perrett from the left created a chance for Charlie Cooper to give his side the lead for the first time in the match,  and he did so with a glancing header across Hibbs into the corner. Dorchester would not lie down, though, and Jamie Rawlings nearly caught out Roberts with a speculative long-range shot from fully 35 yards which dipped just over the crossbar.

On 58 minutes Cooper, having scored Salisbury's second, was then instrumental in the Whites' third as he was brought down by Tom Blair as he made his way along the byeline into the box. Again there was no doubt as to the validity of the penalty appeals and this time Sykes took responsibility to blast the ball home and give his side a two-goal cushion.

Unsurprisingly in the context of the game, three minutes later it was Dorchester's turn once more but James Spring wasted probably the most clear-cut opportunity of the evening, hitting the side netting from very close in with only Roberts to beat, but it was Salisbury who finished in the ascendancy with Penny sending in a 20-yard effort which shaved the bar on 70 minutes. In the final goalmouth action of the evening, shortly afterwards, Josh Sommerton went past three defenders with ease and got into the box before seeing his toe-poked attempt whistle just the wrong side of the far post.

Thus ended a very successful season for the Development squad, managed by Chris Burden and Mike Easterbrook, and it was also a successful campaign for our Under 18 team, managed by Ritchie Rendall, who knocked out favourites Aldershot Town away from home en route to the Wyvern League Midweek Floodlit Cup final on 4th May, when they overcame Havant and Waterlooville in a comprehensive 4-1 win to lift the trophy.

Every Development squad game I have seen, with possibly only one exception, has been very rewarding and I am sure that the Under 18 games have been the same. Supporters will already be aware that Josh Sommerton, Charlie Rayfield, and Tom Roberts have all been given some first-team experience and I'm sure there are others from those squads who will follow in due course.

Dorchester Town: Hibbs, Hill, Payne, Brumble, Wall, Blair, Sabine, Spring, Ayunga, Rawlings, Hewitt.

Sub not used: Morray.

Salisbury FC: T Roberts, Ward (Harfield 68), Sommerton, Burden, Rutty, Wolfarth, Penny, Cooper (Clancy 85), Sykes, Perrett (J Roberts 73), Ellington.

Sub not used: Osman.

Attendance: 22                                 Referee: M Millard

BELOW: The Championship Shield is presented to Charlie Rayfield (centre) and Josh Sommerton by Wyvern League official Stuart Solly.

 

FINAL TABLE

 

  Team Name Matches Home Away Goals Points Penalty
    Played Won Drawn Lost Goals Won Drawn Lost Goals Difference    
            For Against       For Against      
1 Salisbury  16 7 0 1 22 10 8 0 0 19 6 25 45  
2 Poole Town  14 6 0 1 31 3 4 0 3 17 14 31 30  
3 Basingstoke Town  16 6 1 1 26 10 2 1 5 10 26 0 26  
4 Winchester City  16 4 2 2 13 9 3 2 3 13 12 5 25  
5 Dorchester Town  16 5 0 3 22 15 2 2 4 17 15 9 23  
6 Moneyfields  14 4 2 1 18 2 1 2 4 8 18 6 19  
7 Bashley  16 3 1 4 11 16 1 2 5 7 26 -24 15  
8 AFC Portchester  16 1 3 4 6 11 1 1 6 13 26 -18 10  
9 Wimborne Town  16 2 1 5 15 31 0 0 8 3 21 -34 7  

Young Whites lift Hants Floodlit Cup

ABOVE: Young Whites' captain Ryan Penny is presented with the trophy by Steve Yeomans of the Hampshire FA

 

Havant and Waterlooville Under 18s 1 Salisbury FC Under 18s 4

Hampshire FA Midweek Floodlit Cup Final (played at Salisbury FC)

Thursday, 4th May 2018

By Alec Hayter

SALISBURY YOUTH deservedly won the Midweek Floodlit Cup with a comprehensive win over Havant and Waterlooville, who could really have no complaints over the margin of defeat and may in fact have been relieved that it was not greater, in the first ever Hampshire FA Cup Final held outside the county.

In a highly competitive game, it was the young Whites who made the better start and in fact always looked dangerous going forward during the whole 90+ minutes. As early as 7 minutes in, Charlie Cooper saw his cross clip the bar with Hawks' Oliver Ayres beaten, and two minutes later Theo Wolfarth was just wide with an effort from the edge of the box.

It was therefore no surprise when on 10 minutes Salisbury took the lead following a clear foul by Thomas Block on the lively Wolfarth, Salisbury captain Ryan Penny making no mistake from the spot.

The early lead spurred the Hawks into action with Cameron Jenkins sending in a looping header which was gathered under pressure by Whites' keeper Will Betts, and they should have been on terms on 21 minutes when Max Davies found himself in the clear in front of goal but could only hit the upright from eight yards.

Salisbury replied shortly afterwards when Wolfarth left four Havant players in his tracks and crossed for Ed Timperley whose effort was blocked, before the Whites had another chance when Penny screwed his left foot effort wide when well placed.

Salisbury were building up the pressure and Josh Sommerton, later to be named Hampshire FA Man of the Match, got to the byeline before pulling an inviting ball back to Penny whose effort was again blocked, whilst at the other end on the half-hour another chance fell to the Hawks when Dylan Hill's 20 yard free kick found Davies who wasted another opportunity, heading over the top. This again produced a reaction, Sommerton making his way across the edge of the Havant box before laying the ball back to Charlie Cooper whose rising shot cleared the bar.

Ayres was again called into action on 37 minutes, making a superb save at his near post from Cooper, but seconds later he was beaten by a deflected Wolfarth 25-yard piledriver which ended up in the top corner to make it 2-0 and provide a fairer reflection of Salisbury's control.

Just before the interval, Havant's Hill let fly from fully 30 yards but his right foot attempt sailed over, before Sommerton again dribbled his way past three Hawks' players in a mazy run, coolly topped off with a well directed low shot past Ayres for the Whites' third.

Just when it seemed that Salisbury would go into the interval with a comfortable 3-0 lead, the Hawks pulled a goal back from a set piece, Hill bending a superb 22-yard free kick from just outside the box over the wall and into the top corner past Betts, who could only get a slight touch on the ball on its way into the net. At the other end and before the interval whistle, Ayres again had to be at his best to deny Sommerton's effort.

Having given themselves some hope with a goal before half-time, the Hawks must have contemplated further success in the second period but this was not to be, as they produced little if any threat on the Salisbury goal. A sloppy Hill crossfield ball was intercepted by Cooper on 47 minutes and he fed Ronan Clancy, who was denied by the assistant's offside flag, whilst two minutes later Salisbury were again on the attack and manufactured a chance for Louis Rendall who, appearing to be slightly off balance, fired over.

The last meaningful goalmouth action saw Sommerton foraging through the left channel and again leaving three defenders in his wake before attempting a cross shot which was too hot for Havant keeper Ayres. The keeper could only parry the ball into the path of Clancy who finished the job from close range to complete an impressive 4-1 win.

Salisbury dominated most of the match and might well have made victory more emphatic, with the Hawks being given little chance to make inroads, especially against a solid central defensive pairing of Harry Rutty and George Higgins.

In a game which, unusually, allowed both squads the opportunity to make rolling substitutions, both clubs made full use, with all of their 16 players available being employed at various stages of the game. In spite of those permitted changes, it was the Whites who stood firm and came out on top to lift the trophy.

In line with the competitive and sporting manner in which both teams conducted themselves on the pitch, it was good to hear the verbal acknowledgement of the Whites' superiority from H&W officials around me, off the pitch.

For those of you already suffering football withdrawal symptoms, please note that many of the Youth side will be on show next Tuesday at the Ray Mac in the last of the Wyvern Midweek Development squad fixtures against Dorchester Town. They will be out to avenge a 3-0 defeat in Dorset in the John Stimpson Memorial Shield, so a good match is in prospect.

That aside, this will be a good opportunity to show your appreciation and support for their fine effort this season, being undefeated in their league campaign, and they would appreciate a large crowd. Please try and attend – as with the first team, you will be entertained. Kick off is at 7. 45pm.

Havant and Waterlooville: Ayres, Jones, Merritt, Musson, Tanner, Theobald, Jenkins, Block, Davies, Claydon, Jewell, Rankin, Hill, Swanson, Gill, Taylor.

Salisbury FC: Betts, Stott, Ward, Rutty, Higgins, Wolfarth, Sommerton, Rendall, Timperley, Penny, Cooper, Slater, Waters, Greenough, Phillips, Clancy.

Attendance: 118                 Referee: T Copping.

BELOW: Josh Sommerton is presented with the Man of the Match award. Pictures by Gary Pratt (Hants FA)

STEVE: THIS PROMOTION IS FOR THE CITY

By Ian Ridley

STEVE CLARIDGE has dedicated the Whites’ promotion up to Evo-Stik South Premier to the city of Salisbury and says that he hopes the club has gone some way to lifting its people.

“We have been only too aware at the club that these have been difficult times for our fantastic city over the last couple of months,” said the manager. “After what happened, businesses have been hit and visitor numbers down.

“As a football club, all we could do was our best for the city and its people, who we are proud to represent, and bring some pleasure to people through the way we play the game and get the promotion that would help lift everyone.

“We know that football can’t solve the world’s problems but we can bring some enjoyment and hopefully reflect the rise of the city after the recent events as it gets back to normality with our own rise up from hard times when the old club went out of business just three years ago.”

Whites secured their promotion by beating Didcot Town 2-1 at the Ray Mac on Saturday in front of an excellent crowd of 759 on a dramatic, sun-kissed afternoon to cap what has been a season of rollercoaster emotions.

And after the elation of Saturday night, it left Steve in a more reflective Sunday mood.

“Relief is my overwhelming emotion,” he said. “It’s been such a tough season and I’ve learned a lot of lessons along the way, first off about covering bases rather than hoping things will happen.

“What I mean by that is we lost Justin Bennett and Tommy Wright last summer after I spent a lot of time hoping they were going to stay. That’s 94 goals, and when they went, it had a big effect on us in early season and took us time to adapt.

“For a fair while we were playing catch-up and I knew from virtually the first week of the season this was going to be a difficult season. We were never going to cruise like Taunton have and it was going to be a case of getting promotion by hook or by crook.”

In fact, Steve cites the current season as his toughest in the game, which for a man who had such a long career with so many professional clubs - including Leicester City, Millwall and Wolverhampton Wanderers, and who had spells in management with Portsmouth, Weymouth and Millwall - is quite a statement.

“Both the players and myself have had to put up with a lot this season, what with injuries and everything. There has been a lot of adversity and I am very proud of what we have achieved.

“I would say this has been the hardest season I have ever had in football. I don’t think people realise how hard we’ve had to work on and off the pitch to get where we are, all the effort that goes into it, all the miles watching players and all the efforts to raise the funds to pay for it all.

“And we’ve not had one ounce of luck all season. We seem to have been punished for every mistake we’ve made – except yesterday against Didcot when everything went for us for 15 minutes, when we got the penalty and results went our way.

“At one stage, I think we would probably have taken the play-offs, when we had a wobble and only had 11 fit players halfway through the season, but everyone dug deep and we went on a long unbeaten run that gave us some breathing space.”

The promotion, Steve added, was testament to the resilience of the players and the hard work of everyone at the club.

“Football is not about dealing with the ups. They take care of themselves,” he said. “It’s about dealing with the downs. We questioned the players sometimes and I think they came through it and will be stronger for it. There is a renewed character about them and you could see that this past week.”

“Remember, there was not a player signed at this club three seasons ago. Since then we’ve won the Wessex League and reached the semi-finals of the FA Vase, then we came runners-up to probably the strongest side ever in the Southern League West in Hereford and lost a play-off final.

“Now we’ve bounced back from that and got the promotion this club needed. Above all, I’m pleased for all the supporters who come week in, week out and had to go a year without having a football club in their city.”

So what now for Steve, his team and the club?

“We’re not looking to tread water next year,” he said. “I think we’ve got a good nucleus and with one or two additions here and there we can be very competitive.

“But fans need to realise that as things stand, Southern Premier and Step 3 football is the current club’s level given the size of many of the clubs in it with their grounds and attendances.

“We’ll give it a good go but this is currently a debt-free club, as it has to be as no bank would give it an overdraft after what happened to the last club. We’ve got to live within certain budgets and can only spend more if we generate more income, through the gate and commercially, which we will look to do.

“For now, let’s just savour this promotion, make sure we stay professional in our last two games this week, at home to Bideford on Tuesday and Bristol Manor Farm away next Saturday, and enjoy the fact we’ve given our long-suffering fans and the city of Salisbury something to be proud of again.”

PICTURES BY ROGER ELLIOTT

 

 

Whites look to cap promotion season with a win

PROMOTED Whites make the trip to Bristol tomorrow to face Manor Farm in their last league game of the season with manager Steve Claridge just relieved that there is nothing riding on the game for his side when it looked just a fortnight ago that it could be decisive.

Back then, Bristol Manor Farm had emerged as the major threat for the second automatic promotion place from Evo-Stik South West before the Whites reasserted themselves and clinched their place in next season’s Premier Division by beating Didcot Town last week as part of a run of five unbeaten games that have yielded 11 points.

Since thumping Barnstaple 5-1 two weeks ago to close within five points of Whites, Manor Farm have lost three games in a row to slip from third to eighth and need to win tomorrow and hope that two out of Swindon Supermarine, Didcot and Cirencester Town slip up if they are to make the play-offs.

“I’m just pleased we’re not heading there needing something,” said the manager. “From thinking two weeks ago this was going to mean a lot to us, it now means a lot to them.

“It just goes to show how things can shift in this league. I feel a bit for them as they’ve had a great season after coming up from the Western League but it looks as if they’ve run out of steam a bit lately and now their fate isn’t in their own hands.”

Whites will again be without the injured Danny Young and Jake Wannell, along with Owen Howe, who became the third recent hamstring victim when he left the field during the 1-0 win over Bideford on Tuesday.

Luke Hopper is back, however, after a one-match suspension, and Tom Whelan available again. Chris Shephard could be in line for a start, along with impressive teenaged left-back Josh Sommerton.

“The attitude I want to see is the same as against Bideford,” added Steve. “We owe it to other teams to give of our best and look to win the game.

“I’m not going to pretend it wouldn’t be a different side if we needed a win, because then we might press a few who are quite 100 per cent fit into action, but I’ve promised games to a few who deserve a start and we are still good enough to take another three points as we were and did against Bideford.

"After that, I'll be going to watch play-off games next week and I'm quite excited about them, knowing that we don't have go through what we did last year."

Whites squad: Searle, Colson, O’Keefe, Baggridge, Wheeler, Sommerton, Benson, Herbert, Whelan, S. Roberts, Shephard, Ellington, Green, Hopper, Kotwica.

*For travelling fans, Bristol Manor Farm play at The Creek, Portway, Bristol, BS9 2HS. Admission is £8 for adults, £5 for concessions and Under 16s free.

 

 

Let's celebrate - but be professional first, says Steve

THE WHITES go into celebration mode tonight - but Steve Claridge still wants his promoted side to be professional and look to win the game.

The Southern League Chairman Terry Barratt will present the Whites squad with the Evo-Stik South West runners-up trophy and their medals after the final home match of the season against Bideford AFC but before then Whites have a job of work to do as they look to take the three points they were on course for at 3-0 up when the original match against the Devon side was abandoned back in December.

"Hopefully now the pressure is off, we can relax and play with more freedom," said the manager. "We are going to enjoy the evening and celebrate getting into Southern Premier but I want us to give it a go and show the same commitment as on Saturday against Didcot.

"We owe that to other teams in the league who are going for the play-offs. We have had to rely on teams doing us favours to get where we are, especially Taunton who have never let up even after winning promotion and being crowned Champions. So it's up to us to show the same attitude."

Danny Young's recovering hamstring will not be risked tonight and Whites will also be without the unavailable Tom Whelan and the suspended Luke Hopper. Jake Wannell could play some part depending on a fitness test, however, and Steve will also discuss with Chris Shephard whether he feels ready to make a start in a midfield role. Lewis Ellington, on loan from Bristol Rovers, also looks likely to get a start.

"I may want to look at a different system and a couple of different players who deserve their chance," added Steve. "We don't have too many options currently but we still have good enough players to be looking to win this game.

The presentation will be made at the end of the game, after which the players and staff will come to the home end and the main stand to applaud and mingle with supporters.

The League has decided that this replayed match must be played under ‘cup tie’ rules, which means that Bideford will receive their travel costs and 50 per cent of any profit on gate receipts once all the expenses of staging the match have been deducted.

The club has decided to charge the minimum prices allowed, which will be £4 for adults, concessions £1 and under 16s free.

It being cup tie rules, season ticket holders are required to pay. If they wish to reserve their usual seat, they will be allowed into the ground at 6.15pm, 15 minutes ahead of the general turnstile opening at 6.30pm, on production of their season ticket and the admission price.

Salisbury FC will be donating our 50 per cent profit, once all costs have been met, to Salisbury Hospital.

"It would be great to see a big crowd," said Steve. "Myself, my staff and the players would all love to see a lot of fans there so we can thank them for the great support they have given us this season. The reduced admission prices will hopefully encourage plenty to come along on what should be another cracking night for the club."

Whites Squad: Searle, Colson, Wheeler, Baggridge, O'Keefe, Wannell, Sommerton, Perrett, Herbert, Benson, Roberts, Ellington, Shephard, Howe, Green, Kotwica. 

Picture above by Roger Elliott

 

 

Dorchester Town 2 Salisbury FC Development 0

 

John Stimpson Memorial Trophy Semi-Final

Monday, 23rd April 2018

By Alec Hayter

Though unbeaten in the Wyvern League Midweek Division, the young Whites exited this competition in spite of having the majority of chances, just short of the final hurdle, and mainly because of the home side scoring a "worldy" opener and later doubling their advantage from a free-kick.

Disappointingly not many of the team are likely to consider  the performance to be of the usual standard, and they were made to pay as missed chances in the first 21 minutes came back to haunt them.

Ryan Penny could and should have had a hat-trick in that time, but having passed wide of the post when unchallenged on 6 minutes, he was then denied by home keeper Taylor Hibbs in two very presentable one-on-one chances. On 23 minutes, however, he fed the ball through to Charlie Cooper who narrowly missed the far post with his finish, and it was not until three minutes later that Dorchester were allowed their first threat when Sol Ayunga's lob went narrowly wide.

Right on half-time, Josh Sommerton had a golden opportunity to make the interval more pleasant, but headed over from Charlie Cooper's free-kick when it might have been easier to score.

On 56 minutes a back-heel attempt by Dolton Harfield was easily gathered by Hibbs, before the home side went straight up the other end where Ben Morris fired a rocket past Tom Roberts from 25 yards.

The Whites tried to get back on terms with Theo Wolfarth bringing a good save from Hibbs, but it was not to be as on 78 minutes Ayunga fired a low free-kick from just outside the box under the wall for Dorchester's second. In the latter stages, Sommerton, getting forward, became a greater threat to the home defence and just before the end volleyed narrowly over the top.

Having seen some of the Development Squad games, I can confirm that this was not one of their better performances, but they still have a chance to wrap up the league title on Wednesday (April 26th) when they play at home to Bashley. Although the table indicates the possibility that they can be caught, a points award in their favour for a postponed match and not currently shown, means that if they avoid defeat then the title will be theirs, and that they, to some extent, will emulate the senior side's success.

Please try and come along and give them your their full support in what, all things being equal, will be their well-earned moment of glory. Kick-off is at 7:45 PM.

Salisbury FC: Roberts, Harfield (Stanley 82), Sommerton, Burden, Ward, Wolfarth, Cooper, Penny, Sykes, Lewis, Pearson (Blake 61, replaced by Rutty 80).

 

Attendance: 40 (estimated)                      Referee: R Iliev (Portsmouth)

 

Wyvern Combination Football League

 
POS TEAM PLD W D L GF GA GD PTS
 
                   
1 12 12 0 0 38 12 26 36
2 12 9 0 3 45 16 29 27
3 16 8 2 6 36 36 0 26
4 13 7 1 5 37 24 13 22
5 12 5 2 5 20 18 2 17
6 11 5 1 5 26 20 6 16
7 13 3 2 8 13 38 -25 11
8 14 2 3 9 19 37 -18 9
9 15 2 1 12 17 50 -33 7

 

 



Steve looking for big Ray Mac crowd as promotion beckons

STEVE CLARIDGE wants another week like the last one – and a big Ray Mac crowd as backing - as the Whites look to cross the promotion finishing line during the course of two home games in four days, starting with the visit of Didcot Town tomorrow.

A resilient Whites side ground out out a crucial 1-0 win at Kidlington last Saturday before making it four points from two games with a 2-2 draw at Swindon Supermarine on Tuesday. Such a return from Didcot and the replayed game against Bideford AFC at the Ray Mac on Tuesday would almost certainly see Whites clinch the second automatic promotion place from Evo-Stik South West.

They could even do it tomorrow, should they win the game against their Oxfordshire opponents and Wimborne Town and Bristol Manor Farm fail to beat AFC Totton and champions Taunton Town respectively, along with Bideford not winning at Slimbridge.

“The message really is more of the same,” said the manager. “We’ve done well to take the four points this week, and although we maybe haven’t picked up the amount of points we felt we should having dominated the game at Swindon, the performances have been good.

“Swindon’s late equaliser was a bit hard to take but then Larkhall did us a favour by beating Bristol Manor Farm 24 hours later so in the end it was a good point.

“There really is no secret to this. We need to be resolute at the back again and then stick away more of the chances we create. We have to make sure we don't waste all the good work we do between the two penalty boxes. We also need a bit of luck that we didn’t get at Swindon when the ball goes across our box once and they score but goes across theirs a few times and we don’t capitalise.”

Whites will be without the hamstrung Jake Wannell, who limped off early on last Tuesday, and Danny Young. Chris Shephard (pictured below) will take a place on the bench, though, having come through a training game at the Exeter academy where he coaches on Wednesday. Zack Kotwica is also available again.

“Chris has been doing all the warm-ups with us for the last couple of weeks and he’s ready to play some part,” added Steve. “It will be good to have him as an option as everybody can see when he’s fit he’s got that ability to open up sides.”

And Didcot could well take some opening up. They are chasing a play-off place themselves and beat Whites 3-1 in the reverse fixture in February. Tomorrow represents the first of four crucial games in eight days for them.

They come into the game in good form, having reached the BigFreeBet.com Southern League Cup final, going down only 1-0 at Premier Division side Hitchin Town in midweek. In the league, they have taken 11 points from their last five games, scoring 16 goals in the process. Their danger man is Felipe Barcelos, who has scored 19 league goals, two behind our own Stuart Green, who is fourth in the league standings.

“People will have looked at us a month ago and probably thought it should all have been done by now but that doesn’t take into account what a tough run-in we have had and what a difficult league this is.

“You only have to look at Kidlington drawing with Swindon Supermarine on Thursday and that Larkhall win over Manor Farm. Larkhall had nothing to play for but they were as honest as the day is long and had a right go.

“I expect Didcot to do that as well. They have got good players who can hurt you, as we saw when we played up there. We’ve got to make sure we deal with their good parts and exploit those areas where we think we can get at them.

“It always comes down to big moments in games and we’ve got to look to be doing the right things in those big moments.

“I hope we’ll get a big crowd. We could go up and the weather is looking good so it would be nice. And I hope they’ll create a positive atmosphere and be patient with us. We want this as much as they do.”

Whites squad: Searle, Colson, Sommerton, Wheeler, Baggridge, O’Keefe, Benson, Whelan, Roberts, Perrett, Herbert, Howe, Green, Hopper, Kotwica, Ellington, Shephard.

*To remind supporters, the match at home to Bideford AFC on Tuesday, April 24th, kick-off 7.45pm, is the replay of the league match abandoned last December.

The Southern League has decided that this match must be played under ‘cup tie’ rules, which means that Bideford will receive their travel costs and 50 per cent of any profit on gate receipts once all the expenses of staging the match have been deducted.

The club has decided to charge the minimum prices allowed, which will be £4 for adults, concessions £1 and under 16s free.

Due to the  cup tie rules, season ticket holders are required to pay. If they wish to reserve their usual seat, they will be allowed into the ground 15 minutes early from 6.15pm onwards, ahead of turnstiles opening at 6.30pm, on production of season ticket and admission price.

Salisbury FC will be donating our 50 per cent of any profit, once all costs have been met, to Salisbury Hospital.

 

Information for the Tony Adams dinner

Arrangements for the Tony Adams dinner in the Sarum Suite on Thursday 26th April are now being finalised.

The club has a record of all those who have booked and names will be ticked off on arrival at the Ray Mac. If you have booked online, please print out your ticket if you have booked online to speed the process.

Those with VIP tickets will be able to meet Tony privately in the Executive Lounge from 7pm to 7.30pm. The dress code is smart casual.

The dinner will take place from 7.30 till 9pm and the menu is:

*Paté with Melba toast and chutney

*Chicken in cream white wine and mushroom sauce with new potatoes and seasonal vegetables.

*Crème brulée served with shortbread.

A vegetarian option is available on request and anyone with special dietary requirements should also contact Thom Belk, on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 07502 150588.

After the meal, there will be a Q and A with Tony conducted by Whites’ vice-chairman Ian Ridley, taking in Tony’s career as captain of Arsenal and England, including his four league title wins and reaching the semi-final of Euro ’96 with the national team.

This will take place between 9 and 10pm and there will also be the opportunity for questions from the floor, after which Tony will be available to sign autographs for a limited time.

There will then follow the auction and raffle.  

 

Among the items so far lined up for auction are….

Tony Adams signed and framed retro Arsenal shirt.

2 tickets for Have I Got News For You, with access to the green room hospitality and a chance to mix with the hosts and stars of the show.

A match sponsorship for a Whites game, with a hospitality box for 10 people to include food and drink, to include as well a mascot package and a meet the players experience pre-match (normal price for the package, £800 plus VAT).

An England shirt signed by Ian Wright and Tony Adams.

Plus others to be announced.

 

The raffle will be £5 per entry so please bring fivers! Raffle prizes to date…

A signed copy of Sober, Tony Adams’ recent autobiography.

A signed copy of Tales from the Boot Camps, Steve Claridge’s autobiography.

Boadicea the Victorious perfume (value £100 plus).

Signed Salisbury FC shirt.

Signed Salisbury FC ball.

Bottle of brandy (donated by Hillary Billimore).

Bottle of Port (donated by Ian Hammond).

Magnum of red wine (donated by Ian Hammond).

Plus others to be announced.

It promises to be a memorable evening and we are certain that all those who attend will enjoy a great night.

 

Any other queries on questions, please contact Thom Belk on the details above.