After the midweek disappointment at Walton Casuals, we’re back in action on Saturday in the 2nd qualifying round of the Emirates FA Cup. We head off on our travels to Weston-super-Mare for what should be a tough test against the National League South side. Even though we were beaten by Walton Casuals on Tuesday evening, that was only our 2nd defeat in all competitions so far this season. Although our opponents haven’t had the best of starts, we certainly won’t be underestimating them as they have some players that are capable of some good stuff at times.
Our fans are definitely up for this match. The coach that has been put on by the SFC supporters club was filled within minutes of being made available. I know, because I was lucky to get the last seat!! There will be many others making the trip west under their own steam as our travelling support is always impressive. Steve Claridge is always blown away by our fans, saying “The reaction of our fans has been magnificent and it will be my job win, lose or draw that we put on a performance they can be proud of.”
On the football side of things, Steve said “As unfortunately seems to be the case with most games this season, it will very much be a waiting brief with regards to personnel. We know we’re definitely without Wheeler and Mullings. We’ll have to see how Shephard (injured at Walton) feels. Lewis Benson is struggling with his quad and Aaron Dawson hadn’t recovered sufficiently to take part midweek. George Colson will be available, but he’ll be flying in from Mexico late on Friday, so we’ll have to see how he is. Brandon Mundy is still recovering from his broken arm. As we’re now back to playing on grass Kane O’keefe will be available again. Bay Downing will need to get clearance from Altringham to enable him to play in the cup, which at this stage we can’t be certain of. Having said all that, we still have a strong group of players available and there’s no reason we can’t give Weston a good game.
From a performance perspective, in many games this season, we’ve played well. If we are to come away with anything we’ll certainly need to be more clinical going forward and cut out the individual errors that we’ve been punished for in previous games”.
So, we head off with dreams of Wembley making the 3rd qualifying round and beyond.
Safe journey to the team and all travelling fans.
COME ON YOU WHITES!
TRAVELLING FAN INFO
Weston-super-Mare v Salisbury FC 15.00 KO 22/09/2018
Woodspring Stadium, Winterstoke Road, Weston-super-Mare, BS24 9AA
Family Ticket £20