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The Whites Windfall draw was made last night at half-time of the last league game of the season against Bideford AFC by our former strikers Justin Bennett and Tommy Wright, who were paying the club a visit.
The results were…
1st Prize: Trevor Roberts (No. 120) £171.25.
2nd Prize: Greg Condliffe (No. 78) £102.75.
3rd Prize: Rob Taylor (No. 108) £68.50.
BELOW: Justin Bennett and Tommy Wright at the game. Picture by Roger Elliott
SUNDAY 13th MAY AWAY TO SWINDON SPITFIRES: RESULT 1-7
Wiltshire County Womens & Girls League
By Neil Underwood
Salisbury travelled to Swindon on Sunday to play Swindon Spitfires First Team in the quarter finals of the Cup. Although Swindon were a league above Salisbury, Salisbury were raring to go and were going to give it their all.
The game got under way and Salisbury played with a different formation which worked well and ruffled the Swindon's players a little. The game was pretty even with both teams gaining possession and creating some early chances. Salisbury were playing some really good football and playing the ball between each other, doing one twos and getting into spaces to receive the ball.
Salisbury's midfielders played some good through balls for the strikers to get on the end of and get in behind Swindon's defence. Salisbury were pushing on and balls from Lindsey Owens and Ellie Hayward were passed onto Sophie Taylor and Mollie Fox to try and test Swindon's goalkeeper. Unfortunately Swindon went on the counter attack and went straight up to Salisbury's end and slotted the ball past Salisbury's goalkeeper Summer Williams. The Whites didn't let this get them down and continued playing just as they had been. Salisbury's centre backs Shannon Jacques and Jamie Stretch held their ground and worked well together to prevent the strikers from getting a shot on goal. Baylie Kelly was also solid at the back and although as under pressure on a few occasions, she stayed focused, calm and kept her eye on the ball and worked well to get the ball out of the danger zone.
Swindon went on the attack again and a questionable penalty was given to them by the referee. Summer Williams was focused, watching the ball as Swindon's striker stepped up to take the penalty and Summer Williams made a great save to keep the score at 1-0. However, not long after, Swindon made the score 2-0.
Salisbury went in at half time 2-0 down but weren't deflated by the score line as they themselves, as well as the manager and coach, all agreed that the first half was probably one of our best performances of the season. We were all playing and working for each other and all played some great football. The second half got under way and Salisbury were a little slow to get going again and unfortunately Swindon got another two goals in quick succession. Salisbury's heads still didn't drop though and continued to push on and try and create some chances. Salisbury received a free kick outside the box and Sophie Taylor stepped up to take it and took a cracking shot that went over the keeper into the top right-hand corner. Salisbury had got a goal back and were buzzing. They tried to maintain the pressure and keep on at Swindon's defence as Salisbury had the momentum and bit between their teeth to try and get another goal. Unfortunately, Swindon caught Salisbury out and got another two goals making the score 6-1. With their last goal there was a collision between Salisbury's keeper Summer Williams and a Swindon player. Salisbury's keeper came off worse and had damaged her shoulder/collarbone. The final score was 6-1 to Swindon Spitfires First Team.
The girls should not be disappointed with the result, they all performed brilliantly and despite going goals behind, they kept going, putting the tackles in, playing good football and working for and supporting each other right until the end. Salisbury's player of the match this week goes to Ellie Hayward for a great captain's performance. Salisbury haven't got any games now until after Christmas, the first game back is at home to Melksham Town on Sunday 7th January, kick off at 2pm St Victoria Park.
Team: Summer Williams, Baylie Kelly, Shannon Jacques, Jamie Stretch, Chloe Crespi, Lindsey Owens, Ana Cabecinha, Ellie Hayward (captain) Sophie Taylor, Mollie Fox, Elisha Taylor, Megan Clish, Kay Croucher
Launch of Salisbury FC Walking Football took place during Half Time at Saturday's FA Cup Match.
Here's a little bit more on Walking Football and the story of Salisbury FC Walking Football so far...
Walking Football is a slower version of the ‘beautiful game’ designed initially for the over 50’s and helps compliment an active lifestyle, encourages improved fitness and creates a wider social network of new friends who often share their passion for football and some ‘past glories’. We continually actively look to encourage new players of all capabilities and skills to come along all, will be warmly welcomed to join in at the sessions with the emphasis ‘having fun and enjoyment’ . Currently the group meet every Monday between 09.30 and 11.00 with a wide age range from 50 to 77 [ two of the team share the same birthday and this year Ray celebrated his 77 whilst David was 75 ] we plan to add a Friday session 10.00/11.00 later in September 2016.
The Story So Far...
After six months of persistent requests from Keith Gale to Wiltshire Council and the Wiltshire FA the first Over 50’s Salisbury Walking Football session was set up at the Five Rivers Leisure Centre in March 2015 with a handful of players that included Keith, Brian Crabtree, David Brick and David Tovey who still play today. Numbers at first were slow to grow and were not helped when the Five Rivers closed their main hall for over five months for refurbishment but through the determination of Brian found a temporary home at the Indoor Cricket Centre.
2016 and the return to Five Rivers has seen the group grow to around twenty five with regular weekly sessions having around fifteen players. To celebrate the first anniversary of Salisbury Walking Football we arranged a tournament in April and invited teams from around Wiltshire, Hampshire and even Kent. The Salisbury players hastily set about raising funds to provide some basic football strips by collecting donations for a car boot which eventually raised over £300. The team also decided to raise money for the Wiltshire based charity ‘Help for Heroes’ and raise just over £150 from players, family and friends. On the day eight teams took part including two from Salisbury and was finally won by Wiltshire PSG. After some excellent hard work by Jim Ayres [ Salisbury FC volunteer ] he manage to persuade Salisbury’s Chairman Mr Dave Philips to present all the players with medals and a cup to the winners.
Recently we took a group of players up to the Arsenal Emirates in North London to play a number of friendly matches on their indoor 4G astro pitch which is part of the Community Hub attached to the Stadium. After lunch everyone was treated to a complimentary tour of the fantastic Stadium Facilities. The team are planning a return visit and hopefully set up a mini–tournament with local teams from the North London community
We want to strengthen a team culture and increase the number of players at the sessions by promoting and pro-actively working in the local community to increase awareness with the possible benefits of taking part in walking football sessions which we could help to achieve by developing and building a strong relationship with Salisbury FC.