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GAME OFF: Larkhall tie washed out / Didcot now off

Tonight's scheduled Big Free Bet Challenge Cup tie away to Larkhall Athletic has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

The Plain Ham pitch failed an afternoon pitch inspection, with a few areas of standing water and a forecast for heavy rain, the game has been called off.

The two sides met only 11 days ago, with The Larks overcoming ten-man Salisbury 2-1

The game will now take place next Wednesday (November 29th) meaning our Evo-Stik South & West at Didcot Town, due to take place the night before, has now been postponed. A new date
for our trip to Didcot Town will be announced in due course.

Zack recalled

National League South club Gloucester City have recalled striker Zack Kotwica early from his loan spell at the Raymond McEnhill Stadium.

Zack, 21, joined up with Steve Claridge's side on October 25th, making his debut in the 5-4 win at Winchester City.

He grabbed his first goal in the next game, a 2-0 win at Barnstaple Town. The highlight of his spell was a hat-trick against Swindon Supermarine in the Wiltshire FA Senior Cup last week.

Zack's final appearance was last Saturday's 1-1 draw at Cinderford, in which he gave The Whites a first-half lead. The young striker made a valuable contribution during his time with Salisbury, scoring 5 goals in 5 appearances and the club would like to thank him for his short but excellent service.

Last chance this week for Whites Windfall November draw

THOSE wishing to join to Whites Windfall lottery in time for the November draw are reminded that they have until 2pm next Saturday, November 25th, to join.

The scheme currently has 132 members, which means that the first prize this month will be £165, the second prize £99 and the third prize £66. These figures will increase if more members join the scheme this week.

The winning numbers will be drawn at half time of the big league match against fellow promotion hopefuls Bristol Manor Farm next Saturday.

The first Windfall superdraw will take place in December for the 130 members who joined the scheme before the October deadline. That will produce a tidy sum of £975 for the winner to enjoy as a massive Christmas boost.

Those joining since October will be eligible for the next Windfall superdraw next year, currently standing at £990 but hopefully going well over the four-figure mark as more join.

For just £10 per entry, people are allowed to have as many numbers as they like.

To join the scheme, simply pick up a form from Jim Ayres in the club office and fill it in, or download one by clicking on the Windfall link at the top of the hope page and take it into the club office.



Steve puts confidence in Tom for Cinderford trip

PROMISING young goalkeeper Tom Roberts will make his Whites league debut tomorrow with a ringing endorsement from Steve Claridge to encourage him.

The 19-year-old impressed in the 3-1 midweek win over Swindon Supermarine in the Wiltshire Senior Cup and will deputise for the suspended Charlie Searle as Whites look to get back to winning ways in Evo-Stik League South West at Cinderford Town.

“He did very well against Supermarine. I was very pleased with him,” said the manager. “He was cool, calm and collected – cooler than I was a lot of the time! He’s a modern-day goalkeeper in that he’s very confident in possession and I have every confidence in him.”

Left-back Josh Sommerton has also made the squad after impressing Steve in midweek.

“It was a brilliant performance by our lads against a very strong Supermarine team,” added the manager. “Aaron Dawson did well, Zack Kotwicka was fantastic, Alex Battle looked clever and cute and I was really pleased with the kids.”

Whites injury woes continued, however, with Jake Wannell out after damaging ankle ligaments, though he is not expected to be a long-term absentee, unlike Chris Shephard, Brandon Mundy and Flavio Tavares.

Kane O'Keefe looks set to travel and will have a fitness test on a knee injury ahead of the game.

The squad will go to Cinderford looking to banish the blues of last week’s 10-man defeat by Larkhall Athletic and extend their winning away run in the league to six games.

The Forest of Dean club, relegated from the Premier last season, sit in 16th place with 15 points from 13 games. Like Whites, their home record is patchy, with eight points from seven games.

“We’ve got an interesting run of games over the next month including Bristol Manor Farm at home on Saturday week and need to do well in them to close the gap on Taunton at the top of the table before we play them in December,” said Steve.

“We’re a better side than we were this time last year and we need to put points on the board to reflect that.”

Whites squad: T. Roberts, Colson, Wheeler, Baggridge, Hart, Sommerton, Perrett, Benson, Herbert, Whelan, Dawson, S. Roberts, O'Keefe, Young, Battle, Kotwicka, Green.


Thanks Nathan


Goalkeeper Nathan Ball has announced that he is taking a break from the game due to family commitments and the club would like to thank him for his fine service.

Nathan, who was dual-registered this season with Downton, made some important appearances and some big saves as the club's reserve goalkeeper over the first three seasons of its new existence, proving himself an excellent team player and valuable squad member.

The club wishes him well and looks forward to seeing him back in the game when he feels the time is right.


Road closure - Portway, east of Ray Mac

Supporters coming to tonight's match against Swindon Supermarine are advised that the Portway to the east of the Ray Mac is closed for road works and will be for 4 weeks.

Those coming to Old Sarum from the Salisbury and Amesbury directions are unaffected. The entrance to the Ray Mac via Partridge Way is also unaffected.

Those coming from the Porton/Winterbourne direction are advised that a diversion is in place, as per the map below supplied by Wilts Council, or can continue on the A 338 towards the city centre and come back out to Old Sarum via the A345, Castle Road.

Alex set for first start in Supermarine tie

ALEX Battle looks set to start tonight as manager Steve Claridge gets his first prolonged sight of the young striker in a Whites shirt.

The 18-year-old made only a cameo appearance against Larkhall on Saturday due to the circumstances of Whites going down to 10 men, when the manager would have preferred to give him an extended run-out.

Whites fans are sure to get a better chance to see what the Plymouth Argyle loanee can do, though, during the Wiltshire Senior Cup second round tie against Swindon Supermarine at the Ray Mac tonight (Tuesday November 14th, kick-off 7.45pm).

Alex will take his place in a side that is likely to see some Development Squad players being blooded, alongside regular first team players, and Steve will take a look at Tom Roberts in goal.

With Charlie Searle suspended for Saturday's Evo-Stik South West trip to Cinderford and Nathan Ball unavailable, Tom could well be in line for a first-team league debut.

Also expected to start from the Development Squad is Charlie Rayfield at right back, with first-team regulars such as Rhys Baggridge, Callum Hart, Eddie Perrett, Claudio Herbert, Sam Roberts, Aaron Dawson, Danny Young, Stuart Green, Tom Whelan and Zack Kotwicka set to feature in the 16 as well.

"It's a good opportunity to give some other lads a chance and hopefully they will take it," said Steve. "Supermarine are a good side and it will be a decent test. It will be interesting to see how we cope."

Admission will be normal league prices of £9 for adults, £6 concessions and £2 for 5 to 16-year-olds.


Alex ready for Battle as Whites seek home comfort

Steve Claridge has moved to increase Whites’ striking options by landing Plymouth Argyle’s highly promising Alex Battle on a month’s youth loan.

And the 18-year-old forward goes straight into the squad for the home Evo-Stik League South West game against Larkhall Athletic tomorrow (Saturday November 11th, kick off 3pm) as Whites look to reproduce their impressive away form at the Ray Mac and close to within two points of Taunton Town, who are in FA Trophy action, at the top of the table.

Alex met his new team-mates at training on Thursday night and booked himself into a hotel locally for two nights at his own expense to be fresh and ready for the game.

“He looked excellent in training,” said the manager. “He showed a good attitude and I was pleased with what I saw. He has a good touch and looks an all-round player.”

Alex joined the Pilgrims' academy system when he was just 14 and his consistent performances, not only scoring goals but also assisting, helped the Academy win the Youth Alliance League. This season, he has been playing for Argyle's reserves in the Peninsula Premier League. 

Following the completion of his two-year apprenticeship, Alex earned himself a professional development contract from the Football League One’s club's manager Derek Adams.

He takes his place in a 17-man Salisbury squad, which sees Rhys Baggridge available again after suspension and Gloucester City loanee Zack Kotwicka set to make his home debut. Chris Shephard, Brandon Mundy and Flavio Tavares remain injured.

The challenge from the manager is for the squad now to replicate their away results, which has seen Whites win their last five on the road.

“I think we’re a bit better equipped now to play at home and break teams down,” said Steve. “We have a bit more pace and look more able to stretch the game. We’re probably not quite as predictable.”

Larkhall come to the Ray Mac on the back of their first home win of the season, 2-1 over Paulton Rovers last Saturday, which lifted them to 14th in the table. Whites will need to be aware that their away form is better, with three wins from six games.

The Bath club’s danger man is Joe Tumelty, who is no stranger to the Ray Mac having played against us for Hereford in the FA Vase semi-final.

“I want us to put in a decent performance for everybody who comes to the Ray Mac and to keep this run going,” added Steve. “We need to show again the belief that we seem to have acquired lately. It’s been good to see the players looking around and believing in each other a bit more.”

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

*To mark Armistice Day, there will be a short ceremony of remembrance before kick-off with chairman Ian Hammond, representing the club, and Major Lee Roberts, of The Rifles, laying wreaths. Members of the military are being offered entry to the game at the reduced price of £5.





Offer to military personnel for Armistice Day fixture

SALISBURY FC are pleased to offer reduced admission prices to military service personnel for the home  league game against Larkhall Athletic on Armistice Day, Saturday November 11th.

Members of the armed forces will pay just £5 on production of appropriate ID for the fixture, which will also see a short ceremony of remembrance featuring military representatives and Salisbury chairman Ian Hammond laying wreaths just before kick-off.


MATCH REPORT: Salisbury FC Women 3 Market Lavington 1

Salisbury FC Women 3 Market Lavington 1
Wiltshire County Womens & Girls League
By Ellie Hayward

After not having a game the previous week due to a team pulling out at the beginning of the season, Sunday saw Salisbury Women FC host against Market Lavington at Victoria Park.

It was a cold and sunny Sunday afternoon and a great day for a football match. The game got under way and Salisbury started strong and created some early chances. Lavington managed to get the ball down a little and put a few passes together but Salisbury's defence stopped them from getting anywhere near the goal. Salisbury upped their game and started creating more chances and were testing the keeper. A chance came as Ellie Hayward has passed the ball through to Sophie Taylor who then slotted it in passed the keeper making it 1-0 to the Whites.

Salisbury kept up the pressure and were cresting more and more chances but Lavington's keeper just always seemed to save the ball and prevent Salisbury from increasing their lead. Shots were had by Salisbury's Sophie Taylor, Mollie Fox and Elisha Taylor. The ball went up the other end and Lavington put the ball into the danger zone in the box and it was a bit of a scramble but Kay Mc ride unfortunately handballed it to stop it from going over the line which deflected off a Lavington player and ended up in Salisbury's net. Kay McBride received a yellow card for hand balling it and there was some miscommunication between Chloe Crespi and the referee.

Salisbury ended the half on top and with more possession and if it wasn't for Lavington's keeper, Salisbury could have been up about five or six goals. At half time Salisbury were positive about their performance and knew they needed to get back out there and keep battling for a second goal.

The second half got under way and again Salisbury were passing the ball around well and had some early shots at the keeper. Sam Tyler had a cracking half volley which was heading into the top right hand corner but Lavington's keeper clawed it to keep the score 1-1. Lavington didn't give up and kept trying to get through Salisbury's defence but Megan Clish prevented them from doing so with some important interceptions. Salisbury kept battling and tackles were put in from Ellie Hayward and Mollie Fox to win the ball back for the team. A chance had come from where Mollie Fox had received the ball, she ran into the box and hit it low and hard and right in the bottom right hand corner. Salisbury led again, now 2-1 but this time wanted to not let their lead slip. Salisbury's heads were lifted and this showed in their confidence of play, with Baylie Kelly pushing forward and playing some nice one twos. With this pressure, Salisbury were able to get the ball into the box and the ball was played to Ashleigh Read who had time to control it before shooting and hitting the ball into the back of the net, making it 3-1 to the Whites.

The final whistle blew and Salisbury well and truly earned the three points the deserved. Well done to everyone who played, everybody showed hard work, commitment and dedication and worked thoroughly well as a team and again kept battling until the final whistle. Player of the match this week was Megan Clish for her solid performance in defence. Salisbury's next game is away against Warminster Sky Blues on Sunday 12th March, kick off at 2pm.

Salisbury Women: Summer Williams, Baylie Kelly, Megan Clish, Kay Croucher, Chloe Crespi, Ellie Hayward (Captain) Ashleigh Read, Mollie Fox, Sophie Taylor, Sam Tyler, Elisha Taylor, Kay McBride


Whites looking for more away cheer in Devon

WHITES head to Devon tomorrow to take on Barnstaple Town looking for a win that could lift them from third place into an automatic promotion slot with a fine run of away form to give them heart.

Steve Claridge’s side have won five of their six Evo-Stik League South West games, scoring 25 goals in the process, with 10 coming in the most recent wins at Slimbridge and Winchester City, five netted by Lewis Benson (pictured above).

“So far, we’ve been more suited to away games,” said the manager. “Teams come out to play against on their own pitch and that opens out games. I’m hoping that now we’ve got Zack Kotwica to give us pace and something different, we’ll start matching our away record at home.”

Whites will be without long-term injured in Chris Shephard, Flavio Tavares and Brandon Mundy. Chris has seen an osteopath to align his back ahead of beginning his rehab on his injured hamstrings. Flavio is still suffering from a groin injury and Brandon from tendonitis.

Against that, Jake Wannell has recovered from a bout of mumps and takes his place in the squad, which is welcome with Rhys Baggridge serving a one-match ban for his fifth booking of the season against Evesham. Callum Hart will have a late fitness test as a result of a calf strain.

“We know it’s going to be tough down there,” added Steve. “It will be a question of whether we can impose our game on them. A lot will depend on the pitch and what team we play will depend on that.”

Barnstaple sit in 18th place in the table with 11 points from their 12 games. They will certainly feel it should be more, having gone 3-1 up at home to Kidlington in midweek but then been pegged back to 3-3.

It promises to be an intriguing Saturday with leaders Taunton Town going to sixth-placed Didcot Town while second-placed Bristol Manor Farm are at fourth-placed Swindon Supermarine.

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


Marvin heading back to Poole

Whites manager Steve Claridge has agreed to the release of Marvin Brooks to enable the striker to rejoin his former club Poole Town.

Marvin arrived at the Ray Mac only in the summer from the National League South outfit but Steve has decided that the move has not quite worked out for the Whites and Poole will take over the player’s contract, all parties having reached a mutually agreed deal.

“We wish Marvin well back at Poole,” said Steve. “He hasn’t been quite what we hoped he would be and we probably haven’t been what he expected us to be.

“He’s had some good moments for us but I think both parties found it hard to get the best out of each other. He obviously had good times at Poole and it might be that they suit him and his style of play better.”

An early ankle injury meant that Marvin got off to a slow start but he leaves the club having scored eight goals, the highlight being an outstanding hat-trick in the 8-0 win at Shortwood United.




Salisbury FC: Club Statement

Salisbury FC have taken action against a supporter who has admitted to making an offensive sexist remark to the female Evesham United physiotherapist at the game between the two clubs on Saturday October 21st.

The person concerned will be banned from the Ray Mac for four home matches, though for one of those that person will be expected, and has agreed, to shadow the Head Steward for the day to see the sterling work our stewarding team do in making match day a safe and enjoyable experience for supporters. That also means them clamping down on bad behaviour and personal verbal abuse which can spoil things for those who just want to enjoy a game of football in the right spirit.

In taking the action we have, we are mindful that the supporter concerned owned up to the offence. But for that, that person could have expected a much longer ban. The person has accepted the club’s action, which is a mixture of punishment and insight that we hope will prevent any future such issue.

Our inquiries continue into the two people who, in a separate incident, made offensive remarks to the Evesham physio outside of the ground after the game. Any information can be conveyed to the club office and will be treated with strict confidence.

As a club, we do not wish to take the passion or fun out of the game and are aware that fans have a right to vent their opinions. Indeed we appreciate the large and vocal support we get at the Ray Mac, and when we go to away games, and we acknowledge there will be times when fans are legitimately critical.

However, we hope this episode shows that when comments cross a line into personal, sexist, racist or homophobic language, we will take appropriate action.

YOUTH - Under 7's First Ever Match - A Thriller!

Smiles, Goals and Fun. All you want from your first EVER football match.

In a delayed start to the season Salisbury U7s commenced their journey in youth football by playing their first match this Sunday away to Clarendon Juniors FC.

With no match day experience under their belts everyone one of the team played well, with a lots of effort & determination from the first whistle. And always with smiles on their faces throughout.

The first quarter was very evenly contested between the two teams and any slight advantage gained before half time was evened out ...during the second half of the match Clarendon Juniors FC ended the game the stronger of the two sides in a game containing no less than 19 goals!

Thanks to Clarendon Juniors FC for hosting the game today, it was the perfect venue and atmosphere for the youngest whites to play their first game. Wishing all at Clarendon a good season ahead.

We are all looking forward to the next match in a couple of weeks time.

Pictured: Salisbury FC U7 2017/18. Oscar M, Oscar W, Alice, Leo, Rory, Hayden, Patrick and Max.