Aveley friendly - more goals!

Salisbury FC 3, Aveley 1

Pre-season friendly

Saturday, 13 July 2019

By Alec Hayter


Another game, another win, with another 3 goals, but each of today's efforts had their own characteristics - all of which were good.

The team sheet revealed a name which was familiar to any supporters who have followed the new club since inception, and Nathan Ball took his place between the sticks, for the most part having a relaxed afternoon but doing what he had to well enough. It is difficult for a goalkeeper, especially, when he is unfamiliar with the defence in front of him, but to his credit that there was only one moment when his hesitation might have caused a problem. In the second half he pulled off a great save and also made several good interceptions of crosses.

However, this was about playing a team who occupied a higher place in the pyramid than Lymington Town, and in fact in the early stages the game provided a challenge of a different sort, and one fairly alien to the term “friendly”, as the visitors were extremely physical and incurred the wrath of referee James Welsh, who had an excellent game before and after putting his stamp on matters and calming things down. Salisbury had had most of the ball, and that attracted some sparky challenges as Aveley tried to get into the game.

It took only 7 minutes before the Whites went ahead and the goal was fashioned with some imagination as Albie Hopkins, instead of delivering a corner into the box, arrowed a low pass diagonally just outside it, where the impressive Ollie Knowles leathered an unstoppable first time low drive past visiting keeper David Hughes from all of 25 yards. Welcome to the Ray Mac Aveley, and although the Whites dominated possession, they were kept at bay courtesy of some doubtful challenges until the 25th minute when more invention enabled them to double their lead.

This time it was George Colson who sent a low ball towards the near post where Dan Fitchett dummied over it and Warren Bentley did what he does best, being first to the ball in the box, and netting before anyone could react. Judging by his two goals so far, anyone expecting goals from Warren from outside the box might be disappointed!, but who cares as long as the goals go in? Wouldn’t mind if you went on to surprise us Warren!  

Four minutes later the match was as good as over as the third goal followed when referee Welsh played a good advantage, and whilst the visitors' defence looked on, waiting for the whistle following another foul, the alert Fitchett took full advantage to blast the ball past Hughes.

Five minutes before the break Hughes made a good save from Fitchett's right foot effort on the turn from the edge of the box and just before the interval made an even better one from Dave Gerrard at his near post, to keep it 3-0 at the break.

Keeper Ball was in action on 52 minutes when he did well to keep out a low near post Wyan Reid drive (yes it really is Wyan!), but 10 minutes later at the other end a great cross from Gerrard (we may have further opportunities to use the term Gerrard's cross!) found Bentley, who could not keep down a difficult first-time finish.

In comparison with their first half showing the visitors began to play some better football and that, possibly in combination with the Whites feeling they had a comfortable margin,  allowed them to threaten. On 69 minutes a fierce left foot shot by Sam Nvemba gave Ball the chance to show what he could do, before on 73 minutes Nvemba somehow managed to miss a free header no more than 3 yards out.

The impressive Gerrard went close with a 25 yard effort on 75 minutes but Aveley grabbed a consolation with 5 minutes remaining when Alex Akrofi benefited from some defensive slackness and found himself one-on-one with Ball, who had no chance whatsoever with the rising shot. Better to get those mistakes out of the system during the friendly matches!

Salisbury nearly had the last laugh, however, when Gerrard once again tested Hughes with a firmly struck effort from just inside the box.

As well as goals, today we saw more football than against Lymington. It is normally expected hat teams from the Isthmian league like to play the game in the right way, but there were initial doubts as to whether the visitors would live up to that reputation. In the second half Aveley showed what they could do, but it was still not good enough against a better side on the day.

A much sterner test arrives on Tuesday evening when Swindon Town visit the Ray Mac, and then when Forest Green Rovers are the opponents next Saturday. Hopefully  supporters will get a first look at goal ace Tobi Holmes in a Salisbury shirt, on one or both occasions, and also that Josh Sommerton will see further action after he had a first full 90 minutes today.


Salisbury: Ball, Colson, Felix, Dawson, Harfield, Sommerton, Gerrard, Knowles, Fitchett, Bentley, Hopkins.

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


Aveley: Hughes, trialist, Nvemba, Witherspoon, Nkosi, Cross, Seixas, Love, Vaughan, Ngandu, Akrofi.

Subs (all used): Reid, Gibbs, trialists (x 3), Townsend.


Attendance: 209                   Referee: J Welsh (Amesbury)

Fixtures Launch 2019/20


Here are the BetVictor Southern Premier South league fixtures for the 2019/20 season for Salisbury FC. We open the campaign with a trip to Chesham United. A fixture we won 1-4 last season. On the following Tuesday, we welcome Gosport Borough to the Ray Mac. Let's not dwell on how that went last time! Looking further ahead, we're thrilled that Wimborne Town will be heading to Salisbury on boxing day. It will be a fine way to fight off the indigestion of the day before by jumping around the terrace cheering on the lads. We finish the season as we start it, away from home. That fixture will be against newly promoted, as champions, Blackfield & Langley. 

We can't wait to get started. COME ON YOU WHITES!! 

Date Comp Team H/A Time
Sat Aug 10 LGE Chesham United A 15.00
Tue Aug 13 LGE Gosport Borough H 19.45
Sat Aug 17 LGE Dorchester Town H 15.00 
Sat Aug 24 LGE Swindon Supermarine A 15.00 
Mon Aug 26 LGE Yate Town H 15.00
Sat Aug 31 LGE Tiverton Town A 15.00 
Sat Sep 14 LGE Metropolitan Police H 15.00 
Tue Sep 17 LGE Weston-Super-Mare A 19.45 
Sat Sep 28 LGE Hartley Wintney H 15.00 
Sat Oct 5 LGE Poole Town A 15.00 
Sat Oct 12 LGE Hendon A 15.00 
Tue Oct 15 LGE Taunton Town H 19.45 
Sat Oct 19 LGE Harrow Borough H 15.00 
Tue Oct 22 LGE Merthyr Town A 19.45 
Sat Nov 2 LGE Farnborough A 15.00 
Sat Nov 9 LGE Truro City H 15.00 
Sat Nov 16 LGE Hayes & Yeading United A 15.00 
Sat Nov 23 LGE Beaconsfield Town H 15.00 
Sat Nov 30 LGE Walton Casuals A 15.00 
Sat Dec 7 LGE Blackfield & Langley H 15.00 
Sat Dec 14 LGE Hartley Wintney A 15.00 
Sat Dec 21 LGE Poole Town H 15.00 
Thu Dec 26 LGE Wimborne Town H 15.00 
Wed Jan 1 LGE Yate Town A 15.00
Sat Jan 4 LGE Chesham United H 15.00 
Sat Jan 11 LGE Gosport Borough A 15.00 
Sat Jan 18 LGE Swindon Supermarine H 15.00 
Sat Jan 25 LGE Dorchester Town A 15.00 
Sat Feb 1 LGE Tiverton Town H 15.00 
Sat Feb 8 LGE Metropolitan Police A 15.00 
Sat Feb 15 LGE Taunton Town A 15.00 
Sat Feb 22 LGE Hendon H 15.00 
Sat Feb 29 LGE Harrow Borough A 15.00 
Sat Mar 7 LGE Merthyr Town H 15.00 
Sat Mar 14 LGE Truro City A 15.00 
Sat Mar 21 LGE Farnborough H 15.00 
Sat Mar 28 LGE Beaconsfield Town A 15.00 
Sat Apr 4 LGE Hayes & Yeading United H 15.00 
Sat Apr 11 LGE Weston-Super-Mare H 15.00 
Mon Apr 13 LGE Wimborne Town A 15.00 
Sat Apr 18 LGE Walton Casuals H 15.00 
Sat Apr 25 LGE Blackfield & Langley A 15.00 

All fixtures are subject to change. 

Don't forget we still have several pre-season friendly matches still to play. 

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Date Comp Team H/A Time
Sat 13th July FR Aveley H 15.00
Tue 16th July FR Swindon Town H 19.45
Sat 20th July FR Forest Green Rovers H 15.00
 Tue 23rd July FR  Eastleigh H 19.45
Sat 27th July FR Downton A 15.00
Sat 3rd Aug FR Poole Town H 15.00

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

Season Ticket Update

Seaon ttick update

The season tickets for the 2019/20 season will be available to collect from the office at the Ray Mac on/after the friendly fixture with Eastleigh on the 23rd of July. If you do wish to collect outside of match times, please call the office to check someone is here before setting off. 01722 77 66 55.  Please remember that these tickets are for league matches only so won't gain you entry to a pre-season friendly game. 

New Caterer at SFC

New Caterer at SFC


We are extremely pleased to announce that Talk Eat Laugh will be providing the catering for us this season in the Board Room and Hospitality Boxes before the game and Players/Officials after the game. Pictured is Ian Hammond Chairman SFC and Becky Dowst Talk Eat Laugh signing the Agreement.

Talk Eat Laugh are a local company who specialise in catering for prestigious events throughout the South and SFC hope that this will be the start of a long successful relationship.


Pre-season Tickets

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As the Chairman announced in his statement over the weekend, we're making a mini pre-season ticket available. You can purchase these from our online shop or by calling us in the office on 01722 77 66 55. You can also purchase them on July 6th when if you attend our fixture with Reading u23 and it will give you entry to all 7 home fixtures. 


Date Comp Team H/A Time W/L/D Score Goals ATT
Sat 6th July FR Reading FC U23s H 15.00        
Tue 9th July FR Lymington Town H 19.45        
Sat 13th July FR Aveley H 15.00        
Tue 16th July FR Swindon Town H 19.45        
Sat 20th July FR Forest Green Rovers H 15.00        
 Tue 23rd July FR  Eastleigh H 19.45        
Sat 3rd Aug FR Poole Town H 15.00        





SFC Chairman's pre-season update

pre season update
Salisbury FC Friendly matches 2019

Here is a comprehensive run-down of our pre-season friendly match arrangements:

Day Date Opponents Kick off Admission band
Saturday 06/07/19 Reading 1500 A
Tuesday 09/07/2019 Lymington Town 1945 B
Saturday 13/07/2019 Aveley 1500 B
Tuesday 16/07/2019 Swindon Town 1945 A
Saturday 20/07/2019 Forest Green Rovers 1500 A
Tuesday 23/07/2019 Eastleigh 1945 B
Saturday 03/08/2019 Poole Town 1500 B
Admission prices        
  Adults Children 5-16 Concessions  
Band A 10.00 2.00 5.00  
Band B 5.00 1.00 2.00  

Friendly matches season ticket

We recognize that supporters wishing to attend all matches will face a significant outlay over a short period of time, so we are therefore offering a season ticket allowing admission to all home friendly matches, priced as follows:

Adults                                     £40.00

Concessions                            £20.00

Ages 5-16                                £8.00

To take advantage of this offer, please contact the office staff on 01722776655.

Away fixtures

In addition to the above home fixtures, we have two more pre-season matches, both of which are away from home.

We are scheduled to play Bemerton Heath Harlequins in the Final of the Salisbury Hospitals Cup on Tuesday 23 July, at Laverstock and Ford (KO 7-45pm) - the same evening we meet Eastleigh at the Ray Mac.

As we will not be running a full Development Squad set up in the coming season, Mark Winter, Head of Youth, has agreed to select a team in order to fulfil the Hospitals Cup fixture. We wish Mark and his squad well for this match and of course for the upcoming season as a whole.

Our second away game is at Downton on Saturday 27 July, (KO 3pm).

The season is almost upon us, and I am sure that we can look forward to an exciting eight months of football, perhaps going one better and reaching the promotion target we missed so narrowly.

I know we have the best and biggest support base in our league, so let us get off to a good start supporting the Whites in these early friendly matches as Steve and his coaching staff ready the squad for the challenges ahead.

Ian Hammond


New Signing Ollie Knowles


The Whites are pleased to confirm that they have signed experienced midfielder Ollie Knowles from Frome Town.

Knowles, who began at Exeter City Youth, played for the Robins against Salisbury in and the goalless draw at the end of last season, and has National League experience having been with Truro City, Bath City, and Weston Super Mare (loan). His career also includes spells at Tiverton Town, Paulton Rovers and Evesham United.

Alec Hayter



Players - latest

Players update


The Whites are pleased to confirm that Danny Young, who has been involved with Salisbury FC since its formation in 2015, has committed to the Club for next season.


Alec Hayter

Press Officer 

Players - more good news!


The Whites are delighted to confirm that the popular central defender Jake Wannell is nearing a return to full fitness after his serious achilles injury sustained at Poole Town, and has now signed a new contract for the coming season.

Alec Hayter

Press Officer

Dan's back!

Dan is back

Salisbury FC are pleased to confirm that hard-working front man Dan Fitchett has re-signed for next season to bolster the Whites' attacking options.


Alec Hayter

Press Officer

New Kit Deal

Kit deal


The Club is extremely pleased to announce it has agreed a deal with Macron to provide team shirts, playing staff wear and training kits for the next 3 seasons up to 2021/2022. As part of this deal, Macron will also be supplying the replica shirts and other products for the club shop. Salisbury FC and Macron will work together over the next 3 years to deliver a high quality, value for money products for both the playing side of the club and the shop.

STOP PRESS New Home shirt to be unveiled soon!!

Marcus Beauchamp

Marcus Beauchamp

The Club is pleased to confirm that goalkeeper Marcus Beauchamp, sidelined from competitive action last season, has signed for the Whites for the upcoming campaign.

Alec Hayter

Press Officer

Staff Changes

Staff changes


The club would like to announce that Director of Football Mick Jenkins has left the club. The club would like to thank Mick for all the work he has done for the club over the past 4 years and wish him well for the future.

Salisbury FC is extremely pleased to announce that Callum Hart has been appointed Assistant Manager.