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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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Salisbury FC VS Whitchurch United match preview

On Tuesday night, Salisbury FC will play their first ever home league match against Whitchurch United at the Raymond McEnhill stadium, where Salisbury will be eager to score their first ever competitive goal, and earn the 3 points.

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Vase Tie now at Ray Mac

WHITES’ FA Vase first qualifying round tie against Wincanton Town on Saturday September 5th has been switched to the Ray Mac.

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