The M27 will be closed on the weekend of our trip to Gosport Borough. A diversion route will be in place, but we still expect there to be significant disruption. Please allow plenty of time for your journey.
See all the details here. https://www.hants.gov.uk/news/sept14highwaysenglandM27
After our win against Staines Town on Saturday, Salisbury travel to the Elmbridge Sports Hub on Tuesday evening where we face Walton Casuals. Looking to gain a further three points after our success at the weekend to move us further up the table. Walton chalked up their first win of the season on Saturday against Swindon Supermarine and will be full of confidence heading into the match.
When I asked Steve about his plans, he said “We’ll be waiting until shortly before the game to be sure which players we have available. We didn’t play Jake Wannell during Saturday’s game to keep him fit for the midweek trip. The pitch at Walton is a 3G surface, which Kane O’Keefe can’t play on due to his knee. So with Elliot Wheeler’s suspension coming up, it was better to keep Jake for Tuesday rather than risk him gaining an injury and us ending up with a lack of centre-half options.
“It's always a bit of an unknown on synthetic pitches, the quality differs from one to another. We handled it well when we visited Cirencester last season, so I would hope for a similar outcome this time.”
Jake Wannell and Steve Claridge - Photos by Roger Elliott
The Whites are currently sitting 11th in the league with this match being our game in hand over the teams around us, it would be a valuable win if we can claim it.
Safe journey to the team and all travelling fans.
COME ON YOU WHITES!
TRAVELLING FAN INFO
Walton Casuals v Salisbury FC 19.45 KO 18/09/2018
ADMISSION PRICES…ADULTS £12-00…CONCESSIONS (60+) £6-00 CHILD…12-16YRS £5-00…JUNIOR UNDER 12YRS £2-00…UNDER 5YRS FREE
Elmbridge Sports Hub, KT12 2JP
Salisbury, along with Chippenham Town, Trowbridge Town, and Swindon Supermarine, have all been given byes in this round, all other games for which are scheduled to have been completed by 17th October.
Should the Whites come through their replay at Yate Town tomorrow evening, they will visit National League South side Weston Super Mare in the Second Qualifying Round, at the Woodspring Stadium on Saturday 22 September, KO 3 pm.
Director of Football Mick Jenkins commented: "Before even thinking about that game, we have to overcome Yate Town tomorrow evening in what will be a very difficult game. Whoever goes through will also have a tough task at Weston, who are in the National League South.
It's a pity that, with all the teams left in the competition, either Yate or ourselves will have to face a tie against one from the highest level involved at this stage, but that's just the luck of the draw."
The winners of tomorrow night's game will receive £6000 and will progress to face Weston with prize money of £9000 at stake.
The Whites will play at home to Shaftesbury Town, of the Sydenhams Wessex Premier Division in the Quarter Final of the competition.
The tie will take place on Tuesday 27 November, kick off 7-45pm.
The Whites are pleased to confirm that midfielder Bay Downing will make his squad debut at Harrow Borough in tomorrow's Evo-Stik League match. Manager Steve Claridge commented: "Two games later than we expected, he is available, and we are really pleased as we are absolutely desperate for bodies with injuries and suspensions taking their toll. I haven't seen him play, so we're taking a bit of a chance, but by all accounts he's a good player."
As Downing arrives, so George Barker departs, and Claridge confirmed:"To be fair, I was under the misapprehension that he is a wide player, from enquiries made, but he assures me that he is a No 10. That is where he wants to play, but of course we are well catered for in that position. He is is going to Staines Town, and no doubt we'll see him back here on 15 September, when we play them."
Kick this Saturday off with bacon rolls, a cup of tea and football at the Ray Mac for breakfast
Warm up for the trip up to Harrow Borough this Saturday with a peek into the future, when White's under 16's take on Bristol Inner City academy in what will be the final pre-season game for both sides.
The two sides met in the 1st round of the Junior Premier League 'elite' cup back in October. That was a seriously entertaining game in which the whites came back from being 2 down to level the game. An end to end final 20 minutes saw both sides create chances to win it, however it was the Bristol side that took their chance and progressed to the next round. In fact they went on to win the whole thing with victory in Manchester over Worcester City that saw them crowned the 'JPL National Elite Cup Winners'. That rounded off a remarkable season that saw only one defeat in over 30 competitive fixtures.
So Mark Winter and Richard Rendall's young squad are in for a tough challenge this Saturday morning. There preseason has been a trio of 1 v 1 draws against Basingstoke, Eastleigh academy and our own U18's. Both coaches will be looking for a positive performance to take into their opening JPL league fixture next Saturday away to Portsmouth.
SFC youth is extremely grateful to the club for giving both teams the opportunity to play this game at the Ray Mac. As some of the young Whites will be hoping they can break into the development side this season, getting on the pitch tomorrow should be the greatest encouragement they can get to push on and get back out there on a regular basis.
Admission is free
Gates open 9:30am
Kick off 10:30am
Tea Hut 1 will be open and serving hot drinks and bacon rolls.
The Whites have been drawn at home against Yate Town of the Evo-Stik South Division One South in the Emirates FA Cup on 8 September (KO 3pm).
Commenting on the draw, Manager Steve Claridge said “Normally you would look at a home draw against a team from a lower division as being a good one, but they are unbeaten at the top of their league, winning two of their three league games away from home. In addition, to get to this stage, they won 3-0 at Cheddar Town on Saturday. On the face of it, any home draw is good, but this will be a very difficult tie.”
A prize of £6000 from the FA Prize Fund awaits the winners, but, as opposed to past rounds, losing clubs do not receive a payment.
Whites' youngster Sam Roberts, who has been with Salisbury FC from the Club's early days, has decided to take a break from the game, and his contract has been cancelled by mutual consent.
All at the Club wish him well for the future.
The Whites have signed 22 year old midfielder Bay Downing on dual registration with Vanarama National League North Altrincham.
Downing signed for Alty on his return to the UK after having played for Tampa Spartans, and had trials with Macclesfield Town and Salford City.
He came off the bench for Altrincham’s first team against FC United, and recently scored twice in a reserve team fixture. He will be available for Monday’s match against Swindon Supermarine, but not for the Whites’ FA Cup and FA Trophy matches.