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No Match This Weekend!

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Just to clarify. There's no match this weekend. The Tiverton game has been rescheduled for October 23rd due to their progression in the FA Cup and the Merthyr match has not changed. It's still on the 16th of October. Our fixtures page has all the details and is always the most up to date source.

 

October Fixtures*

Date Competition Opponent Home/Away kick Off Time
Wed Oct 3 SLCC Highworth Town A 19.45
Sat Oct 13 Lge Chesham United A 15.00
Tue Oct 16 Lge Merthyr Town H 19.45
Sat Oct 20 Lge Farnborough A 15.00
Tue Oct 23 Lge Tiverton Town H 19.45

*subject to change

Jack Stanley

Jack StanleyJack Stanley - Photo by Roger Elliott

Salisbury FC have agreed to a request from young midfielder Jack Stanley (pictured) to leave the Club. He had featured regularly for the Development Squad, but had limited first team opportunities.

Stanley has joined Evo-Stik Southern League South Thatcham Town on transfer in order to play first team football, and Salisbury FC wish him well in his career progression.

Alec Hayter

Press Officer

 

 

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Southern League Cup Draw

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In the draw for the First Round of the Southern League Cup the Whites will travel to Division One South Highworth Town who, after their promotion last season, have made a good start, currently sitting in 8th place in their league.

Manager Steve Claridge confirmed "This will be a tough tie away from home. We don't have a good record against them in the Wilts Senior Cup, but hopefully by the time the game takes place we will have more players available following fitness problems and suspensions."

The tie, sandwiched between league games away to Gosport Borough and home to Tiverton Town, is to be played on Wednesday 3 October, KO 7-45.

Weston-super-Mare Preview - Steve's thoughts and fan info

Weston

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!

Ian Pearson

 


TRAVELLING FAN INFO

Weston-super-Mare v Salisbury FC 15.00 KO 22/09/2018

Woodspring Stadium, Winterstoke Road, Weston-super-Mare, BS24 9AA

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Admission costs

£12Adult,

£8 Concession

£3 U16

Family Ticket £20

 

Walton Casuals Match Preview - Steve's Thoughts.

After our win against Staines Town on Saturday, Salisbury travel to the Elmbridge Sports Hub on Tuesday evening where we face Walton Casuals. Looking to gain a further three points after our success at the weekend to move us further up the table. Walton chalked up their first win of the season on Saturday against Swindon Supermarine and will be full of confidence heading into the match.

When I asked Steve about his plans, he said “We’ll be waiting until shortly before the game to be sure which players we have available. We didn’t play Jake Wannell during Saturday’s game to keep him fit for the midweek trip. The pitch at Walton is a 3G surface, which Kane O’Keefe can’t play on due to his knee. So with Elliot Wheeler’s suspension coming up, it was better to keep Jake for Tuesday rather than risk him gaining an injury and us ending up with a lack of centre-half options.

“It's always a bit of an unknown on synthetic pitches, the quality differs from one to another. We handled it well when we visited Cirencester last season, so I would hope for a similar outcome this time.”

Jake and SteveJake Wannell and Steve Claridge - Photos by Roger Elliott

The Whites are currently sitting 11th in the league with this match being our game in hand over the teams around us, it would be a valuable win if we can claim it.

Safe journey to the team and all travelling fans.

COME ON YOU WHITES!

Ian Pearson

 

TRAVELLING FAN INFO

Walton Casuals v Salisbury FC 19.45 KO 18/09/2018

ADMISSION PRICES…ADULTS £12-00…CONCESSIONS (60+) £6-00 CHILD…12-16YRS £5-00…JUNIOR UNDER 12YRS £2-00…UNDER 5YRS FREE

Elmbridge Sports Hub, KT12 2JP

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Salisbury Hospitals Cup

The Whites will play at home to Shaftesbury Town, of the Sydenhams Wessex Premier Division in the Quarter Final of the competition.

 

The tie will take place on Tuesday 27 November, kick off 7-45pm.

 

Alec Hayter

Press Officer

Player News

The Whites are pleased to confirm that midfielder Bay Downing will make his squad debut at Harrow Borough in tomorrow's Evo-Stik League match. Manager Steve Claridge commented: "Two games later than we expected, he is available, and we are really pleased as we are absolutely desperate for bodies with injuries and suspensions taking their toll. I haven't seen him play, so we're taking a bit of a chance, but by all accounts he's a good player."

As Downing arrives, so George Barker departs, and Claridge confirmed:"To be fair, I was under the misapprehension that he is a wide player, from enquiries made, but he assures me that he is a No 10. That is where he wants to play, but of course we are well catered for in that position. He is is going to Staines Town, and no doubt we'll see him back here on 15 September, when we play them."

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Alec Hayter

Press Officer

FA Cup Draw - Steve's thoughts

The Whites have been drawn at home against Yate Town of the Evo-Stik South Division One South in the Emirates FA Cup on 8 September (KO 3pm).

Commenting on the draw, Manager Steve Claridge said “Normally you would look at a home draw against a team from a lower division as being a good one, but they are unbeaten at the top of their league, winning two of their three league games away from home. In addition, to get to this stage, they won 3-0 at Cheddar Town on Saturday. On the face of it, any home draw is good, but this will be a very difficult tie.” 

A prize of £6000 from the FA Prize Fund awaits the winners, but, as opposed to past rounds, losing clubs do not receive a payment.

 

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Alec Hayter

 

Sam Roberts

Whites' youngster Sam Roberts, who has been with Salisbury FC from the Club's early days, has decided to take a break from the game, and his contract has been cancelled by mutual consent.

All at the Club wish him well for the future.

 

Alec Hayter

Press Officer

New signing

The Whites have signed 22 year old midfielder Bay Downing on dual registration with Vanarama National League North Altrincham.

Downing signed for Alty on his return to the UK after having played for Tampa Spartans, and had trials with Macclesfield Town and Salford City.

He came off the bench for Altrincham’s first team against FC United, and recently scored twice in a reserve team fixture. He will be available for Monday’s match against Swindon Supermarine, but not for the Whites’ FA Cup and FA Trophy matches.

 

Alec Hayter

Press Officer

Welcome back, Tom!

The Whites are delighted to confirm that they have re-signed their former midfielder Tom Whelan,  and that he should be available tomorrow's game at home to Dorchester  (KO 3pm). Whelan left Salisbury at the end of last season to ply his trade nearer his Liverpool home and become involved in League football, and Salisbury Manager Steve Claridge was quick to act when his availability became known.

Claridge said "We jumped at the chance to get Tom back. He was with us since the start of our new Club and had been one of our best players. He will take us to a new level."

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Tom is back at the Ray Mac

Alec Hayter

Press Officer 

 

Salisbury Hospitals Cup

The Whites will play a home tie against either Pewsey Vale or Shaftesbury in the Quarter Final of the competition, after the oponents have been determined in Round One which is to be completed by the end of October.

The Quarter Final games have to be played by the end of December.

 

Alec Hayter

Press Officer

Southern League Cup

Salisbury FC is one of 44 clubs to receive a bye in the Preliminary Round of this competition, and will now enter at the First Round stage in week commencing 1st October.

Teams in our Division who have ties in the Preliminary Round, (week commencing 3rd September), are Beaconsfield Town, Chesham United, Farnborough, Gosport Borough, Harrow Borough, Kings Langley, Swindon Supermarine, Taunton Town, and Walton Casuals.

Participation in the competition is compulsory for season 2018/9, as opposed to past seasons when clubs could opt out on making a payment to do so.

Alec Hayter

Press Officer

Development Squad players……develop!

Following a successful campaign last season, the Development squad has produced its first three players to sign Southern League forms.

The players (pictured) are Charlie Rayfield and  Jack Stanley who were both regulars, along with Josh Sommerton, who has moved one step further having had 90 minutes’ first team action against Poole Town last Tuesday night.

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Charlie Rayfield - Jack Stanley - Josh Sommerton

Photos by Roger Elliott

Director of football Mick Jenkins said “We’re delighted that they have put pen to paper, and they have bright futures ahead of them. This is good and is testament to their work ethic and attitude, and of course to the whole squad and everyone running it.”

Alec Hayter

Press Officer