WHITES manager Steve Claridge has hailed the FA Vase semi-final draw against Hereford FC as "fantastic" and "a wonderful experience for everyone associated with the club."
Salisbury FC will play the first leg away at Edgar Street on Saturday March 12th with the second leg at the Ray Mac the following Saturday, March 19th following the draw made live on talkSPORT radio this morning.
"Imagine the atmosphere," said Steve. "What a wonderful experience this is going to be over the two legs for everyone associated with the club - players, supporters, the board, volunteers.
Hereford have been favourites for the FA Vase all season with the bookmakers, with Whites second favourites.
It means there will be no 'Phoenix Final' at Wembley involving the two reformed clubs on Sunday May 22nd but instead two cracking matches instead of one.
"The draw doesn't surprise me," said Steve. "I always felt we would get Hereford. We're ready to take them on whenever it might be.
"We might have lost to Morpeth or Kidlington or whoever so at this stage it didn't really bother me unduly. It's about getting yourself right whoever you play.
"It's a fantastic draw for both clubs. I'm sure both of us could sell out these games two or three times over. There will be incredible atmospheres at both of them.
"Hereford are a Conference or League Two club, as their gates show, and they will be favourites but we don't fear anyone, just as I am sure they don't. We'll give anyone a game on our day.
"I think the better team definitely comes through over two legs whereas you can always have a bad day in one game. This is why I fancy our chances.
"If they do beat us, we will shake their hands and wish them well at Wembley. But I believe we can stand our ground against anyone."
Hereford FC are currently top of the Midland League and looking, like Whites as leaders of the Sydenhams Wessex League, to win promotion to Step 4 next season.
While Whites were beating Ashford United 3-0 on Saturday in the quarter-finals in front of 1,791 fans, Hereford came through against Camberley Town 3-2 with a goal in the last minute of extra time with 3,329 inside Edgar Street.
The other semi-final is between Bowers and Pitsea/Kidlington and Morpeth Town/Bristol Manor Farm.