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Charlie now a Whites player

GOALKEEPER Charlie Searle has joined Salisbury FC on full terms after securing his release from Havant and Waterlooville.

Charlie was on a season's loan with Whites but could have been recalled at any time, as is the right of a club loaning out a goalkeeper. Now he has signed a deal to be solely registered with Whites.

The club is delighted with the move, Charlie having become a popular figure at the Ray Mac after being a member of the Wessex League title winning team then returning this summer.

MATCH REPORT: Salisbury Women 2 Swindon Spitfires 0

Salisbury Women 2 Swindon Spitfires 0
Wiltshire County Womens & Girls League

By Ellie Hayward

Salisbury Women FC hosted their second league home game on Sunday against Swindon Spitfires. The whistle blew and Salisbury started strong, immediately creating chances to test their keeper. Salisbury were getting the ball down and passing it around well, making it hard for Swindon to intercept. And within only 10 minutes played Elisha Taylor struck goal and made it 1-0 to the Whites.

That encouraged Salisbury and gave them confidence to shoot at goal and pass the ball around well. The girls were getting the ball out wide, running to the by line and whipping good crosses in for the strikers to run on to. Swindon were able to get the ball out of their half from goal kicks but Salisbury's central defender Shannon Jacques along with the other defenders won everything in the air and on the ground stopping their attackers from getting the ball.

Chances kept on coming from Salisbury from Sophie Taylor, Baylie Kelly and Lisi Bowers but unfortunately their keeper was in the right place for each shot. Salisbury went in at half time 1-0 up and feeling pretty confident.

Salisbury started the second half just as they ended the first half, with the strikers hitting the post twice in quick succession. On about the 65 minute, Ashleigh Read passed the ball to the edge of the box to Sophie Taylor who struck the ball beautifully into the top right hand corner, leaving the keeper to do nothing but watch it past her. That goal gave Salisbury a massive boost and they were really enjoying playing some quality football.

The final whistle blew with Salisbury winning a deserved 2-0. That's three games played with three brilliant wins from the girls. They should be very proud of themselves. Salisbury's next game is away against Marlborough Town Ladies at Elcot Lane, kick off 2pm.

Salisbury Women: Summer Williams, Megan Clish, Baylie Kelly, Shannon Jacques, Chloe Crespi, Lindsay Owens, Ellie Hayward, Ashleigh Read, Kay Croucher, Sophie Taylor, Lisi Bowers, Elisha Taylor

Details for ‘An Evening with Jan Molby’

Salisbury Football Club are very much looking forward to hosting Friday night's 'An Evening with Jan Molby' here are a few details for those who are attending, or considering attending.

- Dress Code is Smart/Casual

- The Sarum Suite will be open from 7pm, the event will get underway at 7.30pm

- The Buffet Dinner will begin shortly after 7.30pm, if anyone has special dietary needs or allergies and hasn't already informed the club. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. immediately

- There will be an auction on the night for Sporting and Entertainment Items - There will also be a raffle on the evening

- For those that have purchased tickets, you have received an 'E-Ticket' to the email address you purchased online with. Simply print the 'Order Confirmation' and present on entry

There is still time to book for this event, but you must do so by Thursday midday. You can book online: https://www.salisburyfc.co.uk/index.php/shop#!/An-Evening-with-Jan-Molby/c/24445795/offset=0&sort=normal  or contact the club 01722 776655

NEW: Whites to launch exciting Windfall lottery

ON SATURDAY, Salisbury FC are launching an exciting new initiative at the big FA Cup second qualifying round tie against Poole Town at the Ray Mac.

It is called the Whites Windfall, our brand new community lottery and it is designed to generate revenue for the club and bring big prizes to members – making everyone a winner.

Says Whites manager Steve Claridge: “This is a major new scheme at the club that we hope as many fans as possible will join. I will certainly be joining and so will the board of directors.

“Those who do join have the satisfaction of knowing they will be helping the club progress, as well as giving themselves a good chance of being rewarded with good sums in prizes.”

Leaflets detailing the scheme and entry forms will be distributed on Saturday and the scheme will also then go online, so look out for them and please fill one in. This is not just for supporters, but for everyone so please spread the word.

In the meantime, here’s what it’s all about…

The Whites Windfall is our community lottery. For just £10 a month, you have the chance to win cash prizes from a monthly fund as well as a big rollover sum twice a year. You will also be helping your local football club.

It works like this…

  • The first prize each month is 25% of the available prize fund.
  • The second prize each month is 15% of the available prize fund.
  • The third prize each month is 10% of the available prize fund.

The remainder of the available prize fund is put towards the Whites Windfall draws in December and June – with a tidy lump sum available to help with Christmas and holidays.

For example…

If we have 100 members – which is our initial membership target – each paying £10 a month, the prize money totals £500 and the club receives £500. Half of the prize fund is then distributed on a monthly basis between three winners - £125, £75 and £50.

The remaining sum of £250 is put into the two Whites Windfall draws, each of which would then have a prize of £1500. If member numbers are more or less, prizes are in proportion.

So, if there are, say, 200 members, the monthly prizes would be £250, £150 and £100 – with the big six-monthly sum reaching a whopping £3,000 for one lucky winner. And this is open to anyone – not just supporters of Salisbury FC.

(Please note, since the lottery will this year begin from October 1st, there will be 3 months of funds involved rather than 6, so the above figures will be halved for the first draw).

Draws will take place at half time during the last home game of each month with the big Whites Windfall draws being made at the last home game before Christmas and then in the close season.

In order to be entered into the Whites Windfall draws, you must have been a member for each of the previous six monthly draws (or three months in the first instance). Anyone who joins, however, will be eligible for that month’s particular draw.

Draws will continue to be made during the closed season and winners will be notified each month. A list of winning numbers will be found online and in the matchday programme.



YOUTH - The weekend round up - 16/17 Sept

Whites 16’s tame the Lion’s.

Salisbury 3 v 0 Littleton lions

Salisbury under 16's made it back to back wins in the Southampton youth league at home to a determined Littleton lions. However with 5 regular players missing they made a shaky start which saw the visitors take an early lead before Will Haslam fired in an equaliser from Brad Walters’s defence splitting through ball. An inch perfect corner from Josh Connolly picked out Archie Forden who headed home to ensure Salisbury had with their noses in front at half time.

The second half was largely uneventful for a long period with both keepers rarely troubled. However with ten minutes left Walters picked up the ball in his own half and went on an amazing solo run before picking out Sam Edwards who finished off the move to make the game safe at 3-1. To their credit the visitors kept going well and were rewarded with penalty deep into injury time which was coolly converted to ensure the final score was 3-2 to Salisbury.

Under 15’s have a 7th Heaven sort of weekend.

Whites U15’s are a much changed side this season with 6 new faces in the squad Saturday.

The JPL has three league seeding games this season to determine what league each team are placed in. A good idea some other leagues should take note of. The Whites opener last weekend against Evo Bath was a frustrating affair with Salisbury dominating large periods of the game but ending up on the losing side.

This week was a different matter when they visited Yeovil Town FC. The biggest disappointment from the previous weekend was the lack of shots, and that was put to bed inside 30 seconds when Louis James finished off a fast paced burst forward from Sam Butt. Within 10 minutes Kallum Weir and Alfie Mepham had made it 3 nil to the visitors. In the 2nd qtr Yeovil woke up a bit and managed to temporarily halt the Whites onslaught, but only with the help of their stand in keeper who performed heroics. He did well to block a Goodger shot, but lively Olly Mason was there to pounce on the ball when he couldn’t keep the ball in his hands and Mason slotted home to make it 4.

In the 4th qtr, a relieved Ashton Goodger finally broke his season’s duck for his new side with 2 well taken strikes for the 6ft 2” front man. The scoring was rounded off by Archie Barnard.

This was a score line that I don’t think anyone connected with the 15’s expected today, but I know they are capable of. Next up is a trip to Paulton Rovers this Saturday. A big thank you to Yeovil for excellent hospitality and playing the entire game in the right spirit from start to finish.

Salisbury FC U15 Sunday romped to a 7 v 2 win over a Chamberlayne Athletic side with MOTM James Eyres bagging 4 to demonstrate just what he brings to the side. And that was with next to no pre-season for him personally. Sam Butt added 2 and Kallum Weir struck for the second day in a row for a comfortable opening day win.

Under 14 Blacks the ups and the downs!

Last week saw progression for SYFC U14’s Black in the Hampshire cup in a tightly contested game finishing 5 goals to 4 Vs Clanfield Youth U14 Black. Goals came from Leo Penna (2), Jake Bartlett (1), Bradley Robinson (1) and Travis Reed (1). Fin Montieth was named MOTM.  

This week came with a bigger challenge with the squad depleted due to illness as they started the league campaign in Division three against Marchwood Rangers Youth U14. It started well with a quick goal from Travis Reed however Marchwood took control of the first half scoring in quick succession which saw the Blacks losing at half time 1 - 8. Salisbury regrouped reverting to a standard 4-4-2 formation and were back playing the attractive football seen last season. A much better half saw Bradley Robinson net 2 sublime goals both from outside the penalty area. Marchwood also scored 2 in the second half which left the final score 3 goals to 10. There is certainly work to be done on the training ground this week however the second half showed positive signs as the new talent signed over the summer integrated well with the existing squad. Travis Reed was named MOTM.   

The Blacks are delighted to announce that Ellen Morgan-Reed has agreed to join the coaching team with immediate effect. Ellen brings with her strong coaching skills having managed Amesbury Tigers over the past 3 years leading them to league success last season. 

Salisbury U13 began their first 11 a side season with a victory over Sarum Youth

The whites played some good football, sticking to the formation they have worked on in preseason. Lots of communication and hard work and the main positive, the boys having smiles on their faces at the end of the match.

Goals from Dylan Beauchamp, Finley Roberts, Archie Ford, Callum Young, Lewis Young. and Tom Doran shows there are goals from all over the pitch.

Many thanks to Sarum Youth for their hospitality

Whites under 12’s begin competitive football with a bang.

Following a successful summer of tournament wins and pre-season friendlies the Salisbury FC under 12's kicked off their season in the Southampton Tyro league division One with a convincing 9-1 win over Littleton Juniors Youth under 12's. Starting their season on a lovely pitch at Hunts Farm near Romsey, the players gave a very good display of fast flowing football, resulting in Hatricks for Dylan Roocroft, Callum Ginger and Max Spiller.

Mini Soccer Round up.

 Salisbury U10's played a very competitive and entertaining game against Hiltingbury Hawks today. Both sides gave a brilliant account of themselves, the action was end to end, with some terrific football in heavy conditions. Orlando got his season off and running with a well taken goal, Barnaby then followed up with a fine individual run and finish. Hiltingbury responded well and got a late consolation and reward for their hard work. Great effort boys. 

Salisbury FC U9 continued their dream start to the season with an excellent performance against Winchester despite injury setbacks. Game 3 and everyone can boast a goal to their name for the season, including our keeper Elliot! COYW! 


Today's game saw our young U8 whites travel to South Wonston to play South Wonston Swifts. It was an early start and the whites started on the front foot, looking well organised with Joseph Greenyer as captain leading the way. The team worked really hard for each other and played some great football at times. Great passing and movement that we've been working on in training.

Everyone had a great game and Harry Turner played a vital part by being able to pick out top passes leading to some exciting team goals. Man of the match went to Charlie Leeson for a great performance and working so hard. We'd like to thank South Wonston Swifts for having us today. We wish you luck for the rest of the season and look forward to seeing you again

It was Broughton away next for Salisbury FC U8 Black in this morning's game. Salisbury found it hard breaking down a packed defence in the first 10 mins but great creativity from Josh-aj Jeffrey, Charlie Barrett and Taylor Dunn eventually unlocked the Broughton defence giving Warren Downing and Theo Crew to find the net on occasion. With Salisbury in control Broughton started the second half with 6 players on the pitch which was intended to even the game which was thanked by the Broughton coach and parents. Another excellent performance from the young whites who continue their impressive start to the new season. Man of the match went to Theo Crew who put on a captain's performance. COYW


Whites quartet called up for FA Representative XI

Salisbury Football Club are extremely pleased and proud to announce that four of our players have been chosen to be in an FA Representative Squad in a Fixture at Melksham Town FC on Wednesday 11th October 2017 for the Western League's 125 Anniversary.

Charlie Searle, Jake Wannell, Tom Whelan and Elliot Wheeler will all line up for an FA XI against a Western League Representative XI. The FA XI will be managed by 'England C' Manager Paul Fairclough, assisted by Salisbury FC's Mick Jenkins.

Mick Jenkins spoke of the announcement "I'm delighted to be invited into the England C environment, obviously I'm looking forward to the fixture and working with Paul Fairclough, who is a well-respected Manager and Coach"

"I think it's a nice reward for the players and for myself, it's a great opportunity for those from this club and the others involved to showcase their talents on the night"

General Manager, Thom Belk was delighted with the news

On behalf of the club I'd like to say how incredibly proud we are that Charlie, Jake, Tom and Elliot have been chosen for this fantastic opportunity."

"Jenks' has been working very hard on this behind the scene's for the last few weeks, this is really great experience for him also."

"We look forward to seeing the lads representing Salisbury FC in this prestigious fixture, hopefully quite a few will make the short trip to show their support"

Western League Representative XI v FA Representative XI 

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Underdogs Whites in good nick for big FA Cup tie, says Steve

UNDERDOGS Whites go into tomorrow’s mouth-watering FA Cup tie against National League South big guns Poole Town at the Ray Mac in what manager Steve Claridge describes as their best shape of the season so far.

The boss, who watched the Dolphins at Wealdstone on Monday, knows that it is going to be a tough second qualifying round match against a side two steps higher in the pyramid but takes heart from three wins in a row and a squad that is now close to being at full strength.

“We’re in as good nick as we have been since pre-season started,” said Steve. “We’ve been playing people to get them fit. Now they are fit.”

Winger Flavio Tavares was taken off early during last Saturday’s 8-0 win at Shortwood as a precaution with a slight groin strain but is expected to be fit while Chris Shephard will take a pre-match fitness test to see if his calf injury has healed enough for him to play some part. The only definite absentee is Brandon Mundy, whose Achilles tendon injury is proving slow to improve.

Whites go into the game buoyed by the 3-2 win at Evo-Stik South Premier side Farnborough in the previous round that was sandwiched by the league wins over AFC Totton and Shortwood which took them up to fourth in the Evo-Stik South West table.

Poole, meanwhile, come to Old Sarum for their entry into this year’s FA Cup having taken just one point from their last seven Vanarama South games – losing their last three – which has seen them slip into the relegation zone.

Steve is not giving much credence to talk that makes Whites favourites, however.

“As their manager has said in an interview, they have better players than us so it’s a massive task ahead,” he said. "That said, we’ve shown on more than one occasion, particularly Farnborough away, that we are capable of raising our game.

“Poole are obviously having a bad time but you have to remember that is in a league two leagues above ours. They have good quality, particularly in forward areas and with both sides capable in attack, I do think this game will come down to who defends better on the day.”

It will be an especially notable game for two Whites, in Tom Whelan and Marvin Brooks, who both played for Poole, Marvin joining us from them this summer in his search for a fresh challenge.

“I know Marvin is looking forward to it and Tom may feel he has a bit of a point to prove after they released him a couple of seasons back,” said Steve.

“But then, it’s a big game for all of our lads, who get the chance to test themselves against quality opposition and show that they themselves are good enough for Conference South.

“I for one am certainly going to relish it and I hope our supporters will too. It would be good to see big numbers, and hear them as well like we did at Farnborough, to give us the best possible chance of pulling off an upset.”

 Whites squad: Searle, Ball, Colson, Baggridge, Wheeler, Wannell, Hart, Herbert, Whelan, Roberts, Benson, Young, Perrett, Brooks, O’Keefe, Green, Tavares, Shephard.

*Admission is pay on the gate and is £9 for adults, £6 for senior citizens (over 65) and students, £2 for 5-16 year-olds and free for Under 5s. Season tickets are not valid for this match as it is an FA Cup match. Transfer to seats is £1 and car parking £1.

Spectators are advised to arrive early to secure a car park space and to avoid queues at the turnstiles. The Sarum Suite Bar and turnstiles open 1.30pm.



Tom or Marvin? Now it's Tom and Marvin for Whites

WITH much of the attention in Saturday’s big FA Cup tie at home to Poole Town trained on Marvin Brooks, who arrived at the Ray Mafrom the Dolphins, it is easy to forget that another crucial Whites player also joined us from the Tatnam outfit.

Talented midfield dynamo Tom Whelan joined Salisbury FC for the inaugural season in the Wessex League and in one of those ironies that football throws up, it was because he couldn’t get past Marvin for a regular place in the Poole starting line-up.

“It’s funny really,” says 21-year-old Tom. “I played a few games for Poole when Marvin was injured but when he came back, that was me on the bench.”

Before that, Tom was very nearly a player for the old Salisbury City club. It happened like this…

Born in Liverpool, Tom went with his family to live in Spain when he was two, his father in the property business. His Scouse accent comes from growing up a family that never lost theirs despite living abroad. “My Dad’s is thicker than mine though,” says Tom.

He came back to England to go to the famed sporting school of Millfield in Somerset where his footballing prowess was spotted by none other than Mikey Harris, then Salisbury City manager, now coach of Portsmouth’s Under 18s.

“I was playing for Millfield against Salisbury’s Under 18s and Mikey liked me,” says Tom. “I was offered a deal for the following season with Salisbury City in the Conference and I took it.”

Then came that fateful summer of 2014, with Mikey leaving for Portsmouth and the folding of the City club. Tom had by now left Millfield, whom he had captained to the Independent Schools Cup, and though his Salisbury City deal was dead, he decided to stay in the area to see if he could get a professional deal somewhere.

Playing half a season with Verwood in the Wessex League got him fit and Poole soon took notice. It became a frustrating second half of the season as he could not find a regular slot, however.

All the while, Steve Claridge had been monitoring Tom’s situation and though Tom was keen to play higher up, he accepted the manager’s offer and the challenge to establish the new Salisbury FC club.

“I didn’t want to sit on the bench at Poole and I thought Steve would be good for my development,” says Tom. “That’s been the case and I’ve played over a hundred games for the club now, so I’ve got that under my belt.”

He admits he was dubious about signing on again in the summer though.

“Losing to Tiverton in the play-off final was a blow,” says Tom. “It was worse because I was injured and couldn’t do anything about it.

“I do want to play in the Conference or the Football League sooner rather than later and I had to think long and hard about my options but I spoke to Steve and decided to give it another go and hope we can get promoted this season.”

So how does he view this Saturday’s second qualifying round tie against his and Marvin’s previous club, two steps higher than us in Vanarama National League South?

“I’m really looking forward to it,” he says. “It’s a big game for the club and all of us, not just me and Marvin.

“It was only a matter of time before Marvin came good, once he was fit. At Poole, he played a certain way and it’s a bit different here. It was always going to be about him getting used to us and us getting used to his game and I think that’s happening now.

“I think we’ve got a great chance. They’re not in great shape at the moment, having lost some players, but they’ll still be strong. It’ll suit us to go into the game as underdogs.”



MATCH REPORT: Salisbury Women 4 Warminster Sky Blues 2

Salisbury Women FC 4 Warminster Sky Blues 2
Wiltshire County Womens & Girls League

By Ellie Hayward

Salisbury Women FC hosted their first home league game on Sunday 10th September against Warminster Sky Blues! It was a great turn out from supporters for the girls first home game who were encouraging and supportive throughout!

Salisbury started off strong, getting the ball down well, passing well and creating space for balls to be passed into. A few early shots tested their keeper and shook their defence a little. Salisbury's centre backs Carina Taylor and Shannon Jacques kept their attackers out and always won the ball and made great challenges!

Salisbury's first goal came after about 25 minutes with Zoe Ridley making it 1-0 to the Whites! That lifted the girl's heads and it soon became 2-0 to Salisbury with another goal from Zoe Ridley making Salisbury lead 2-0 at half time!

As soon as the whistle blew for the second half to start, Salisbury were straight in there and instantly put pressure on Warminster! The defence stood their ground, the midfielders won the ball and created passes for the strikers to run onto and get their shot underway. A few chances were made from Sophie Taylor, Baylie Kelly and Elisha Taylor but another goal shortly after that came from Zoe Ridley getting another hat trick on the 55th minute. Salisbury were on top and were enjoying playing football.

Unfortunately, Warminster got a goal back, but Summer Williams, Salisbury's goal keeper kept her head up high. The girls didn't let the goal get them down as within five minutes later Salisbury made it 4-1 with a great assist from Sophie Taylor passing it through for Zoe Ridley to run onto it and get her fourth goal of the day. Warminster got another late goal making the full-time score 4-2 to Salisbury.

Player of the match went to Carina Taylor for an absolutely outstanding, solid performance in defence. Salisbury's next game is Sunday 17th September at home against Swindon Spitfires at Victoria Park, 2pm kick off.

Salisbury Women: Summer Williams, Carina Taylor, Shannon Jacques, Baylie Kelly, Megan Clish, Lindsay Owens, (C) Ashleigh Read, Kay Croucher, Sophie Taylor, Zoe Ridley, Elisha Taylor, Kate Roberts

Steve focuses on Shortwood after Scott deal falls through

STEVE CLARIDGE will continue his search for new blood after the loan deal that he thought he had sorted out to bring in Swindon Town striker Scott Twine ahead of tomorrow’s game at Shortwood United fell through.

            After negotiations with Swindon over the previous week, the Whites manager believed he had his man but National League South club Chippenham Town were yesterday chosen as the teenager’s destination.

            “It’s disappointing,” said Steve. “We thought we had Scott and we sat on the deal for several days. We announced it when the paperwork was all ready to be signed but they’ve obviously had a rethink in the last couple of days and wanted him to go to a higher ranked club, as is their right.

            “The deal falling through has nothing to do with whether or when it was announced by us or whether we thought it was a formality. In the end, there’s nothing we can do when a club currently higher up the pyramid comes in for someone and the parent club thinks that is a better option for them. That's their choice and they do what they think is right by them and the player, though I do think we would have been a good place for the lad to develop.

            “We’ll keep looking but we’re not desperate. There were good signs against Farnborough that we have a blend of players capable of scoring goals and a system capable of delivering them.

            “At this stage, they may not come from two players like last season, but I’ve been encouraged that Kane O’Keefe scored four in four games and Marvin Brooks is getting used to us and we’re getting used to him and the clever runs he makes. We’ve got threats from other areas too.

            “You have to be careful. Sometimes, bringing a new striker in cold can upset the balance and I don’t necessarily want to do that if you’re not certain it’s the right one given how we played in the 3-2 Cup win and how we are adapting to each other now.”

            Steve will be looking for plenty of the Farnborough spirit and cutting edge when Whites go to Nailsworth for the Evo-Stik South West match against a Shortwood side who have lost both their home league games so far, though beat Slimbridge 2-1 in the Gloucestershire Senior Cup in midweek. Wood have taken four points from two games away for a solid, mid-table start.

            Whites are now in better shape and will take a party of 16 to Meadowbank, where they won 3-0 towards the end of last season in their run-in to the runners-up position.

            Captain Kane O’Keefe (groin), Danny Young (thigh muscle) and Eddie Perrett (ankle) will travel and have fitness tests ahead of the game, though Brandon Mundy (Achilles) and Chris Shephard (calf) are still not ready. Calum Brockway will continue his rehabilitation playing for Hamble Club. Against that, Stuart Green is back after being away last weekend.

            “It’s another one where we’ll look after the fitness tests, gauge the pitch and make a selection from there,” said Steve. “I need to balance getting three points with wanting to get the side right for the big Cup tie at home to Poole next Saturday.

            “It was a bobbly pitch there at the end of last season but all the Shortwood people were telling me that it’s really good at the beginning of the season.

            “I’m certainly looking for us to show the same attitude and finishing as when we went there in April.”

 Whites squad: Searle, Colson, Baggridge, Wannell, Wheeler, Hart, Herbert, Benson, Whelan, Roberts, Tavares, Young, Green, O’Keefe, Brooks, Perrett.

*For those travelling to Shortwood, the postcode is GL6 0SJ and supporters are advised that the approaches to the ground are narrow. The home club do not produce a paper programme but an online version can be downloaded 24 hours before kick-off at: http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/shortwoodunited/d/documents.html


New date for visit of Cirencester

CIRENCESTER TOWN will now visit the Ray Mac on Tuesday September 19th (7.45pm) following the postponement of their scheduled visit on September 16th, due to The Whites continued involvement in the FA Cup. It now means The Whites could play four home matches in two weeks, subject to FA Cup involvement.

Poole Town visit on September 16th (3pm) before Charlie Griffin's Cirencester Town's visit on September 19th (7.45pm), then in the following week, Swindon Supermarine travel down to the Ray Mac on Tuesday September 26th (7.45pm) before Bishops Cleeve's visit on Saturday September 30th (3pm)

There are Hospitality Boxes available for all of the above matches, if you're interested in booking a Box then contact Thom Belk This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the club 01722 776655

Whites fan James to pedal to Penzance

WHITES FAN James Musselwhite is set to embark on an epic cycle ride from Salisbury to Penzance, raising money for Crohn's and Colitis UK.

James, himself a Crohns  sufferer, will be joined on his 220-mile ride on Friday morning by three friends as he looks to raise awareness of the condition, as well as raising funds for the charity. As James ditches the Ray Mac terraces for the saddle of his trusty bike, we found out how he made the decision to embark on this challenge.

"After my diagnosis, I started Team Cycle 4 IBD with fellow rider Tim Fewins, and basically it's just gone from there. We raised over £3,000 last year (with a cycle ride from Salisbury to Birmingham), so we thought we might as well go bigger and better this year, so hence the whole 220 plus miles to Penzance!"

This isn't the first charity cycling challenge James has taken on this year, back in April he was joined by Whites fans Thom Belk, Claire Bennett, Stuart Cannell, Liam Heggarty and Ross Martin to cycle to The Whites last away game of the season to Bideford. That time raising over £4,000 for Children With Cancer UK.

Everyone at Salisbury Football Club wishes James and the team the very best of luck on their ride, we hope they arrive safely in Penzance.

You can donate to the challenge at the link below: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/james-musselwhite2

Photo: Spencer Mullholland

MATCH REPORT: Totton & Eling FC 2 Salisbury Development 4

Totton and Eling FC 2 Salisbury FC 4
Wyvern Challenge Cup 1st Round
Tuesday, 5 September 2017 

By Alec Hayter 

Having half expected a replay at home to Farnborough, I was suffering football withdrawal symptoms and decided to make the short trip to this game, and, as always, was rewarded by a good performance from our Development Squad which was sprinkled with a few first-team squad players who had come off the substitutes' bench on Saturday. 

After a lively start the real action came in the 15th minute when Eddie Perrett found himself with his back to goal on the edge the box, but saw his rising shot on the turn saved by keeper Ari Samuels. We didn't have to wait long for the opening goal however as only five minutes later Claudio Herbert sent a low cross in from the right to provide Nathan Connolly with the easiest of finishes. The lead lasted only six minutes though and although the Whites were well on top they still managed to concede an equaliser when Jack Stanley lost possession to Nandi Shepherd who bore down on goal before sending a delicate chip over Tom Roberts. 

Just over the half-hour mark more pressure ended with Stuart Green slicing the ball square when he should really have hit the back of the net, and three minutes before the interval Herbert's cross touched the bar with Roberts stranded. In trying to get a half-time lead Herbert got round the back on the right side but saw his shot blocked on 45 minutes and into time added on Green's 22 yard free kick clattered the post. 

After the break it was still the Whites coming forward and Samuels did extremely well to save Connolly's 25 yard right foot shot, pushing it round the post low to his right. On 53 minutes the woodwork once more came to the home side's rescue when from a corner Charlie Cooper headed against the bar, and five minutes later a Green delivery was met by Herbert who somehow managed to direct his header wide from six yards. 

With half an hour to go it was however Herbert who forced the Whites' second goal with a vicious shot that Roberts could only parry into the path of Perrett, who made no mistake for 2-1, and it could have been three on 75 minutes when a good move involving Cooper and Ronan Clancy set up Green whose cross shot missed the target. 

It should have been 3-1 four minutes later when Connolly robbed Lee Connors and was clean through. Maybe his better choice would have been to finish the job himself but instead he chose to square the ball to Green whose left foot effort was blocked away. With nine minutes remaining a rare incursion into the Salisbury half saw Jack Taylor one-on-one with Roberts who pulled off a superb stop to deny him, but almost immediately Salisbury opened up a two-goal advantage when Cooper squared the ball from the byeline for a Clancy finish. 

Even when two goals behind, Totton and Eling did not give up with Dan Gordon forcing Roberts to push an effort over the bar on 88 minutes. Seconds later the home side pulled a goal back when Gordon converted from close in but the last word came from the Whites when Cooper once more got to the byeline and fed Connolly who bagged the fourth with a powerful right foot finish and put the tie to bed. 

A pleasant evening out therefore, which allowed Stuart Green to get back into the groove after his Scottish expedition last weekend. There were some good performances from the younger players, and also the first team squad imports will have benefited from some minutes, coming through without injury in a game which, although a cup tie, was played in the best spirit and benefitted from very few fouls from either side. 

Totton and Eling FC: Samuels, Cooks, Taylor, Bellows, Connells, Platt, Thistle, Clark, Harrington, Woodhall, Shepherd.

Subs: Hartley, Wyatt (used), worked (used), Gordon (used). 

Salisbury FC: Roberts, Stanley, Perrett, Burden, Blake, Whittaker, Herbert, Green, Connolly, Cooper, Tavares.

Subs: Sommerton, Clancy, Watson (all used). 

No officials or attendance details known.





Steve moves for Scott to strengthen striking options

*Picture courtesy of Swindon Town FC

WHITES have added striking potential to their squad with Steve Claridge taking teenager Scott Twine on loan from League Two Swindon Town.

The manager has also brought back versatile veteran Robbie Matthews on a dual registration to bolster the squad with cover both up front and at the back.

Scott signed a full professional contract with Swindon in the Spring after graduating from the Robins’ academy, having scored 30 goals for the Under 18s last season. He made his first-team debut as a substitute against Charlton Athletic on the final day of last season.

This pre-season he appeared against Whites for the last 20 minutes of the friendly against our fellow Wiltshire club at the Ray Mac. He also scored in a 3-2 win for a youthful Swindon side over National League South side Chippenham Town in August.

The 18-year-old is expected to join the rest of the Whites squad for training tomorrow night and travel with the party to Nailsworth for the Evo-Stik League South West away game against Shortwood United on Saturday.

“Scott is coming on an initial one-month loan so we can have a good look at him,” said Steve. “He is highly thought of at Swindon, who tell me he has a good attitude, and comes with a reputation as a goal scorer. Hopefully it will be a good move for both parties."

Robbie, 35, left the Ray Mac last season and spent the season with fellow Evo-Stik South West club Winchester City before joining Bemerton Heath Harlequins, with whom he will be dual-registered in the Sydenhams Wessex League, as player-coach for this season. The popular ‘Mooncat’ (below) can play either up front or in defence.

“Everyone knows Robbie and what he can do,” said Steve. “We just needed some cover and an option up front and we thank him for coming back as and when needed.”