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Floodlit Dreams

A very warm welcome to our match day sponsor for today, Floodlit Dreams. 

Floodlit Dreams is an independent publishing house specialising in sports literature. Founded in 2013 by journalist Ian Ridley (and one one of the five founders of the new Salisbury FC), it provides an agile solution to publication that gives authors ownership over their books.

After launching with Mark Halsey’s Added Time, Floodlit Dreams then focused on helping young authors get a break in their career, a philosophy that continues to drive the company to date. The result was The Boy in Brazil by Seth Burkett, who is now a partner in the company.

Since then, Floodlit Dreams has published a range of diverse books that have been nominated for a number of major literary awards. 

www.floodlitdreams.com

 


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Wiltshire Senior Cup

The final of the competition, against fellow Evo-Stik Premier South side Swindon Supermarine, will be played on Wednesday 17 April at the Oakfield Stadium Melksham - Melksham Town's ground. 

Kick off will be  7-45pm.

 

Alec Hayter

Press Officer SFC

DEVELOPMENT SQUAD - Oh So Close

Salisbury FC Development 2 v 3 Christchurch Reserves 

This young Whites side featured 7 players that went down 11 v 1 to Poole Town last weekend. Those 7 showed they are learning and learning dam fast just 7 days later. 

The conditions at the Ray Mac yesterday were not conducive to the ball leaving the ground and for most of this game both sides tried to play football on the floor so they knew where the ball would land. For the first 15 minutes or so the game was fairly even with the visitors possibly edging it, but Will Betts (U18) in the Salisbury goal hadn't had too much on target to worry him.

Shortly after Christchurch did find a way past Betts to take the lead and on 30 minutes they got a second. However, a one goal lead at this point the visitors probably just about deserved, but a 2 goal lead not in my opinion. The fact is though that 2nd seemed to spur the home side to up their level and some consistent pressure on the visitors goal was rewarded when a perfectly placed free kick from just in front of the home stands from Reece McSorley found Liam Smith at the far post who caught it on the volley to give the keeper no chance of preventing it from finding the net.

At half time changes were made and the home team changed to a 4-4-2 formation with 32 year experience (between then) up front with Sam Butt and Frazer Hicks now leading the line. The Whites were then creating a lot more chances and roughly on the hour good interplay between the two strikers created a one on one for Hicks, however the visiting keeper did well to smother the chance.

On 85 minutes, another set piece this time delivered by Louie James caused chaos in the opposition box and eventually the ball was stabbed home by Smith to level the match.

The vastly older Church team all be it most of them were only 19 visibly didn't want to drop points against a bunch of even younger players than them and pushed for a winner. For most of the remaining 5 plus 2 minutes injury time the game was characterised by good defending by the home side and a determination to get something from the game.

Then on 92 minutes, literally with the last kick of the game Church managed to scramble the ball past Betts and into the net. The resulting 10 man bundle on the floor showed how much it meant to them.

Even the visiting manager said we didn't deserve to lose the game, however it is for us 'development' football and just how much this side has developed in just 7 days is the only points we need.

Many thanks must go to Christchurch reserves for an excellent game between two sides trying to play good football in testing conditions.
With a couple of 19 year olds, an 17, 18 and 21 year old and nine 16 year olds this really was a young side. Where could they be though when some of them are the same ages as their counter parts today? 

 

Salisbury FC Development V Christchurch FC Reserves

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With the backlog of Wyvern fixtures meaning the club have both midweek and Saturday fixtures, a young Whites team with the addition of a couple of 21-year-olds will entertain Christchurch Saturday 3pm kick off at the Ray Mac. First priority is to get a strong Whites following down to Tiverton to get behind the 1st team in this vital away game. However, if you're not travelling down to Devon then why not come along and give your support to these young players. 

⚽️ Salisbury FC Development v Christchurch FC Reserves
🗓️ Saturday 16th March 2019
🕒 3pm ko
🏟️ The Ray Mac Stadium - SP4 6PU
🎫 Adults £4, Concessions £2, u16 FREE
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Flood at the Ray Mac

Flood

The Whites are pleased to confirm the signing of 29 year old striker Chris Flood from Vanarama South side Slough Town, and he will be available for Saturday’s game at Tiverton Town.

Flood was previously a Salisbury City FC player in August 2009, and subsequently played for Crawley Town, Forest Green Rovers, Dorchester, Basingstoke and Gosport, before joining Slough Town in 2016.

He joins Salisbury FC having scored 43 goals in 107 appearances for the Rebels.

Alec Hayter

Press Officer

Wilts County U18 call up for Whites U16

Congratulations to Tom Feest on his call up from the under 16 county side to the U18's. Tom has been with the club since he was 7 years old and has been a regular in the Junior Premier league side since being an under 11. Tom also made his adult debut Saturday in the development squad away to Poole Town Reserves. 

Together with four other players from the JPL team, Tom has played in the under 16 county rep side this season, but a chance to play up an age group at this level is a great achievement for him and the club. 

We wish him the best of luck in this coming Saturdays fixture at Stanley Park, Chippenham to Gloucester FA U18's. 

Salisbury Hospitals Cup

The Whites will play the Semi-Final  away at Amesbury Town on Tuesday 9 April, KO 7-45pm.

Alec Hayter

Press Officer

McGrory heading to the Ray Mac

Louis McGrory

The Whites are pleased to confirm that they have now completed the dual registration signing of 22 year old midfielder/defender Louis McGrory from Vanarama South Weston Super Mare.

McGrory started his career at Swindon Town, but at the age of 16 joined Forest Green Rovers Academy under ex-White Scott Bartlett, signing professional forms for them in 2015. He had spells at Evesham United, Aldershot Town, Hungerford Town and Gloucester City. Following a trial at Newport County, he joined  AFC Telford United of National League North before returning to Weston, for whom he played

against the Whites in this season’s FA Cup encounters.

In addition to the above, Development squad player Charlie Burden, and 19 year old Jamie Reid, who played a part in the recent Salisbury Hospitals Cup game, have both been registered for the Club with the Southern League

Alec Hayter

Press Officer

Playing squad - update

Salisbury’s squad shows the following recent changes:

Jordan Alawode Williams, Siph Mdlalose, and Tyrell Skeen-Hamilton have left the Club.

Manager Steve Claridge commented: “These players would, it transpired, have had limited pitch time competing for a place in what is a strong squad, and it is in their interests therefore to seek playing minutes elsewhere. We wish them well with their careers, and thank them for their input whilst with us.”

Ben Morgan and Liam Driscoll have suffered injuries which meant that their involvement with the Club has been curtailed , whilst Bouwe Bosma also unfortunately suffered a ligament injury in the game against Shaftesbury FC.

Claridge said “Bouwe had appeared regularly and done well for us, but the extent of his injury means that he’ll probably be out of action for the rest of this season. The squad has therefore been depleted, but we are in negotiations with new players at the moment, and I am hopeful that we will make additional signings shortly.”

Alec Hayter

Press Officer

Development Squad News

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Salisbury FC Development squad have made it through to the Final of the Wyvern Combination Football League Challenge Cup following a 4 - 0 win away to Petersfield Town FC.

A hat-trick from the lethal T.J Mosely including a goal from a free-kick and one from the penalty spot was rounded off in style when he got on the end of a defence-splitting through-ball to slot past the keeper. The Whites' scoring was finished off by Charlie Rayfield with a neat finish at the far post to make the 150-mile round trip all the more worthwhile.                     

Chris Burden's and Mike Easterbrook’s charges will now face the winners of Wimborne Town and Baffins Milton Rovers who will play their Semi-Final this coming Saturday. That final will take place at Romsey Town FC on Friday 29th March 7:45 K.O.

If you fancy a bit of Friday night footy before the trip up to Staines the following day, your support would be really appreciated by the players and Management. COYW


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SFC's John Harper wins at the Sports Awards

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Salisbury FC is proud to announce that our very own John Harper won the Unsung Hero award at the Salisbury Journal's Sports Awards on Friday evening for all of the voluntary work he does at the club. The very modest John said "I don't do it for awards or recognition. It's great to win it and a really nice gesture though". John heads up a team of volunteers at the Ray Mac. He said "I really enjoy working with the team here. It's a great group of people that all pull together for Salisbury FC". 

We'd like to congratulate John and thank him for all of his time and effort that he puts in at the club.  

Would you like to join the staff at the Ray Mac? Call 01722 77 66 55 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


Jordan Alawode-Williams Signs

Jordan Alawode Williams
The Whites have signed 21 year old defender Jordan Alawode-Williams from Poole Town.

Alawoode-Williams started his playing career at Bristol Rovers and went on loan to Poole. He made his debut in Whites' 1-1 draw at Kings Langley.

Alec Hayter

Press Officer

Farnborough Match - new date

Our home game against Farnborough, postponed due to a waterlogged pitch last Saturday, has been re-arranged for Tuesday 12 March, KO 7-45pm

 

Alec Hayter

Press Officer

Farnborough Match postponed

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Our game versus Farnborough has had to be postponed as a result of a waterlogged pitch.

A new date for the match will be advised as soon as possible

 

Alec Hayter

Press Officer