Whites 3 Lymington Town 0

Salisbury FC 3 Lymington Town 0

Pre-season friendly

Tuesday, 9 July 2019

By Alec Hayter

Three times as many goals as the Reading game, but with a lesser degree of quality than had been seen on that occasion. We are talking of a pre-season friendly but, having said that, Salisbury's opener was of very high quality and in itself made attendance worthwhile.

Dan Fitchett had missed the target when through on goal on 37 minutes but his contribution to the Whites' first goal 8 minutes later more than made up for that. A delightful move started by Danny Young gave Fitchett the opportunity to put in Dave Gerrard with a deft flick and although there was plenty for the trialist still to do, he rounded things off  with a rasping shot into the top corner, giving visiting keeper Nick Jones no chance.

After a first half battle, largely in midfield where Lymington competed well, Salisbury keeper Gerard Benfield was called into his first serious action just before the break, but it was not that serious as Lymington's Tim Stephenson fired the ball straight at him. He had been forced into lesser action previously on a couple of occasions without being seriously troubled.

Six minutes into the second half, the Whites doubled their lead when Harvey Elsom, under stern pressure from Fitchett, could only steer the ball into his own net after Warren Bentley's low cross came into the danger area. I'm sure that Fitchett would have preferred to have scored the goal, which he would undoubtedly have done had the ball reached him.

On 71 minutes Bentley again got to the byeline, pulling the ball back for Darren Mullings whose effort was blocked, and nine minutes later Charlie Rayfield's cross to Bentley saw the striker's effort saved.

However, Bentley opened his club account with Salisbury's third goal on 84 minutes, profiting with a close range header from a deep cross by triallist Dalitso Mandson, (who I believe hails from the Hinckley area) .

Lewis Benson nearly added a fourth shortly before the finish, but saw his firmly hit 25 yard trademark free kick pushed round by Lymington sub goalkeeper Henry Newman, who will probably have been happy to have been given the chance to make his case for being their number one!

For last night's game, Salisbury had two new trialists on show. Former Winchester centre half Josh Harfield played 90 minutes, whilst Mandson made a brief appearance towards the end of the game. Trialist Nuno Felix completed his second full game in three days.

Amongst the younger and more familiar faces, Charlie Burden had a satisfactory full 90 minutes in the centre of defence after the returning Elliot Wheeler sustained an injury in the warm-up (nothing too serious, hopefully). Both Charlie Cooper and Charlie Rayfield had useful minutes on the pitch, whilst Albie Hopkins, who trialled during Saturday's game, came on in the latter stages.

On Saturday we entertain Aveley FC, who are a step up in the pyramid from Lymington, with of course the following Tuesday seeing an even bigger step up when Swindon Town visit the Ray Mac.


Salisbury FC: Benfield, Colson, Felix, Dawson, Harfield, Burden, Gerrard, Knowles, Fitchett, Bentley, Young.

Subs (all used): Benson, Mullings, Rayfield, Cooper, Hopkins, Mandson.


Lymington Town: Jones, Davies, Aziz, Costello, Elsom, Frost, Watts, Stephenson, King, Flynn, Gosney.

Subs (all used): Flynn, Newman, Man, Drake, Finch, Ross, Falco.


Attendance: 205                   Referee: S Oakey