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Match Preview - Sholing FC VS Salisbury FC

Sholing FC VS Salisbury FC- Match Preview

By Liam Brown

After our 7th win on the trot last Friday (11th September), in a confident 6-0 win at home to Alresford Town, we move on to our 9th game in the Wessex Premier, away to 2nd placed Sholing FC tomorrow (19th September, 3pm kick off), in a top of the table clash.

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Jack's the lad for Steve

Whites manager Steve Claridge has secured the services of defender Jack Vallis from Southern League Premier Division outfit Frome Town.

Jack, 22, is from Durrington and previously played for Amesbury Town, Shrewton, Downton, Eastleigh and Gillingham Town, where he was manager's player and player's player of the season in 2012/13.

Jack, who was also an England Schools Under 18s international, played 65 games for Frome over the last two seasons, scoring eight goals.

We welcome Jack to Salisbury FC and hope he enjoys his career with us.

Thank you to Eastleigh FC for the use of the image of Jack.

Wiltshire Senior Cup

Whites have been drawn away to Wroughton in the first round of the Wiltshire Senior Cup. The tie will take place on Saturday October 10th.

It means that our Sydenhams Wessex League away game at Moneyfields scheduled for that day has been moved and will now take place on Tuesday October 13th.



Player news

Whites manager Steve Claridge is looking to make two more signings in the wake of two players leaving the club.

Defenders Matt Burt and Patrick Nolan both asked to be released from their contracts and Steve has agreed.

"We wish them well," said Steve. "They are both good players but wanted to play more regularly and I understand that.

"It does free up some money in the wage budget for others to come in and I expect to make a couple of new signings, possibly next week."

The pair's departure come on top of two other players going.

Callum Casson has a new job that has taken him abroad while Mark Ford asked to be released to join Weymouth Reserves in the Dorset Premier League, citing work commitment that meant he was unable to commit to Wessex League level.








Match preview: Salisbury FC v Alresford Town

By Sam Gallacher

Following another spectacular match on Tuesday, everyone is brimming with confidence. The Whites won with another convincing win by 3-0 against Newport IoW earlier this week, following the 8-1 scoreline the previous match against Wincanton in the FA Vase.

The goals just keep coming thick and fast, with Steve Walker scoring his first goal this season, and the others coming from from Danny Young and Kane O’ Keefe. Newport dominated for a spell after Young's opener, but a break from Sam Wilson down the right wing, followed by a cross to O'Keefe led to the Whites second.

Friday night's opponents (11th September, kick-off 7.45pm) Alresford are currently a mid-table 13th in the Sydenhams Wessex Premier with 6 points and a goal difference of minus 6, drawing 3-3 in their last league match against Team Solent. They have conceded 13 goals so far this season, and only scored7.

Their season did not start well, drawing their first two games 0-0 before losing 2-0 to Moneyfields, and then losing again 4-0 to Newport IoW. They have two top goal scorers, Jamie Bentley & Craig Bryant.

Who are ya?

Alresford Town FC was formed in 1989, making them one of the older Wessex clubs. Originally, they started in the North Hampshire League before the two were joined in 2004. They were promoted from Wessex Division One in 2008, and have maintained a mid-table position up to 2013.

  • Alresfords nickname is The Magpies
  • Their home kit consists of black and white striped shirts, black shorts and black and white socks
  • Their away kit consists of yellow and blue shirts, blue shorts and yellow and blue socks
  • Their honours include winning the North Hampshire league in 2000, runners up of the Wessex Premier in 2013 & again in 2014
  • They got to the 3rd Round of the Wessex League Cup last year

Alresford Town only became eligible for the FA Cup in 2007, when floodlights were installed at Alrebury Park.

So, keeping with the confidence theme, Steve Claridge and his team will be optimistic for the game as they look to extend a sequence of six wins in a row, during which they have scored 28 goals.

Newport (IW) FC VS Salisbury FC- Match Preview

Newport (IW) FC VS Salisbury FC- Match Preview

By Liam Brown

After a very confident win on Saturday 5th September against Wincanton Town in the FA Vase, which saw the Whites put 8 past the Somerset based side, we travel to the Isle of Wight, to take on one of the two teams on the Island, Newport (IW) FC tomorrow night (Tuesday 8th September, 7:45pm kick off).

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Salisbury FC 5 Verwood Town 0 - The Claridge Verdict

Steve Claridge insists there is still bigger and better to come from his Salisbury side despite the convincing 5-0 win over Verwood Town that sent the Whites to the top of the Sydenhams Wessex League Premier Division.

Goals by Ashley Jarvis (penalty), Sam Wilson - his fifth in two games - and Tom Whelan put Whites 3-0 up at the break and an own goal and one by skipper Kane O'Keefe in the second half made up the final tally.

"It's great to go top of the table but I hope people don't think I'm moaning or think I am being negative when I say I think we could have done better," said Steve.

"You certainly can't knock 14 goals in two games, after we put nine past Bournemouth Poppies, but I still don't think in terms of performance we have come close to the display we gave at Andover.

"I had six or seven players coming up to me afterwards saying that they can play better," added the Whites manager.

"That's very encouraging because I know we will have to do better when we meet the teams nearer the top of the league.

"And I know we can do better. We are getting there but I will keep asking for more because I know what this group of players is capable of.

"It was a great crowd of 682 and I would like to thank everyone for coming out and for being so patient with us.

"It's not always easy when teams come to the Ray Mac and get 11 men behind the ball and keep them there even when they are two or three goals down,just for damage limitation."

Whites are next at home on Saturday (5th September, kick off 3pm) in the FA Vase against Wincanton Town of the Wessex League Division One.

*Alresford home game brought forward*

The home Sydenhams Wessex League Premier Division match against Alresford Town scheduled for Saturday 12th September has been brought forward to Friday 11th September, kick-off 7.45pm.

The switch has been made because of an air show at Old Sarum airfield taking place on the Saturday, and Sunday 13th.

Salisbury FC v Verwood Town preview

By Liam Brown

After another weekend out of action due to being ineligible for the FA Cup this season, Salisbury FC welcome Verwood Town to the Raymond McEnhill Stadium tomorrow night (Tuesday 1st September, kick-off 7.45pm) in what will hopefully be another exciting game for the Whites and our loyal supporters.

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Whites manager Steve Claridge has brought Robbie Matthews back to the Ray Mac for a second spell.

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