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YOUTH - The weekend youth round up - 25th 26th Feb

 A Penny and Burden master class helps earns 10 man Salisbury U18’s a deserved point.

 Salisbury under 18s travelled to Cirencester for a South west counties league encounter with just the bare 11 due to on going injury problems that were made worse in the week with Chae Sykes picking up a repeat of the knee injury that has kept him out for several weeks. That changed to 10 just before kick-off with a warm up injury. So a change of formation and a different system was required from the management team of Richard Rendall and Mark Sommerton.

What followed showed everyone the commitment and dedication that exists in these young whites. Cirencester playing with an extra man and 5 fresh pairs of legs to come on and must have thought that victory was a foregone conclusion. What they didn't factor in is this is a Salisbury team full of spirit.

Cirencester started the game with an obvious game plan which was very direct. The back three of Kieran Edgington, Jim Ward and Ben Moore were immense for Salisbury winning nearly everything in the air and on the ground and when they had the chance they got the ball down and passed it well. The hosts had the first chance in the game to score but a complacent tap in by their striker missed the target. Salisbury attacked Cirencester when they could and threatened the goal on a couple of occasions. Josh Sommerton on the left of midfield had an excellent game, every time he got the ball he caused Cirencester problems. They could only stop him by repeatedly bringing him down. Josh was eventually injured by one of these fouls and it looked like Salisbury were going to play the final hour with 9. After some ice and heavy strapping he came back on to help his team.

Salisbury attacked and sent in a shot at goal that hit a couple of defenders on the way, the ball fell to Louis Rendall who put Salisbury I nil up. Within 5 minutes Cirencester pumped another long ball into the box, this time they got lucky and levelled the score. Half time 1 a piece it was.

In the 2nd half Ryan Penny and Charlie Burden took the game by the scuff of the neck and showed that you don't have to run around like maniacs to control a game of football. They worked up and back, passing and linking up the play all of the second half. Ryan with his excellent close control could only be stopped by the Cirencester players repeatedly fouling him. Charlie moved with the flow of the game superbly and controlled the tempo of the match. As a coach to see two lads working the centre of midfield like that is great to watch. The whole team battled to the end to hold out for a 1 v 1 draw. The Whites might have even nicked it at the end but perhaps that’s being a little greedy.

If we are going to get some luck let’s hope it’s in the league cup semi-final against Forest Green Rovers next Saturday 10.30am kick off at the Ray Mac.

Well done to these young Whites today, the club is proud of you all.

Salisbury FC U14’s put Aldershot Town to the Sword.

For what seems like an eternity the Whites have always had a key player or two missing for both Saturday and Sunday fixtures. However this Saturday they were able to name as close to a full strength side as Winter and Jamison have been able to name all season.

Sam Waters coming back in for the first time since Pre-season immediately bolstered the middle of the park and enabled our own ‘Zlatan’ Callum Weir to be pushed up front to as it transpired to have an almighty battle with the equally physically imposing Shots central defender.

The Whites started the strongest and soon got their reward after 10 minutes when Reece McSorely got his first of the day with a fine finish. So at the end of the first quarter it ended 1 v 0 to the hosts.  The 2nd quarter was more even. The whites managed to pull 2 ahead when good work from Waters and Weir resulted in a driven in cross that went in off the thigh of Davis whom admitted afterwards he knew little about it. But it goes down as his goal. The young shots though and especially Nago were causing the Salisbury defence problems. They eventually pulled one back through Harris to finish the 2nd quarter with a one goal deficit. Had it not been for some excellent defending by the Salisbury central defenders Declan Green and Tom Feest, Nago and Bell-Harper could have had more.

Salisbury carved out many chances in the 3rd period mostly falling to the lightening quick Jack Eagles, however most went begging with him having a bit of a ‘Tommy Wright 1 on 1 issue’ and it was not until the last moments of the period that he eventually got his rewards for persistence. 3 v 1.

 Into the last 20 minutes and the Whites finally got into their full stride and played some great possession football. Goals from Ollie Mason and a second for McSorely stretched the lead to 5 v 1. Game over you would have thought, but that was not what the young shots were thinking, and back they came with 2 quick fire goals through Harper and Harris. 5 v 3 and a reaction was needed from the young Whites and the management got it. Two goals, a second for Eagles and an intended goal this time from Owen Davis sealed victory for Salisbury. FT 7 v 3

A special mention to Williams in goal for Aldershot, a defender apparently by choice but a sound performance and shows the benefit of having a keeper that is comfortable with the ball at his feet. Was used as a keeper sweeper to great effect throughout the game.

MOTM for Salisbury was Declan Green.

Mini Soccer round up

Salisbury FC Under 9's played a well-organized and efficient Hedge End Falcons side today. Hedge End dominated the first game, as we struggled to find our own game and impose ourselves on the opposition. The boys came in prior to the 2nd game, and we decided on some changes. The boys came out and showed a terrific desire, determination and spirit. A brilliant reaction and response by 6 players who were all magnificent. Very well done boys

Salisbury FC Under 8 (Sunday) had a close contest with Durrington U8 today. Both sides demonstrated great effort and were both rewarded with plenty of goals. Great to see the young whites score some brilliant team goals. MOTM went to Roman Randall for his solid performance at the back and contribution to goals scored. COYW

Next up for Salisbury FC U8 Saturday team was a home game V Fordingbridge. Salisbury started slowly in difficult blowy conditions but soon got into their passing rhythm with a dominant performance. Fordingbridge found it hard getting out their own half at times with high pressing from Camron Dean and Charlie Creese in defence, which lead to chances for Eathan Standen , Ollie Page , Elliott Eyers and Theo Crew on numerous occasions. All credit to Fordingbridge who never gave up and should be proud of their own performance against a very strong Salisbury team. Man of the Match went to Ollie Page. COYW

Whites Under 7’s played away to Tidworth Spartans. First time we have played them so we didn't know what to expect. As it turned out we needn't have worried our youngest Whites played possibly their best football of the season. We had played our U8s in training a few days before and had been really competitive with them so I impressed on our players that I wanted the same effort and attitude and I got it.  We scored lots of goals and conceded a few as well. How many I don't know as we don’t keep scores. Taylor, Warren & Josh stood out with their passing and finishing, although every player performed really well including both Goal Keepers that were used. 

With no Southampton leagues in action this week that is all for now. Just to say on behalf of the youth the very best of luck to the U18's as they entertain Forest Green Rovers this Saturday coming in the Gary Else Memorial League Cup 2016/17 semi final.