Salisbury FC 0 AFC Porchester 4
Wyvern Combination Midweek League
30 August 2018
By Alec Hayter
Although I can't get to every Development squad game I cannot ever remember seeing them lose so heavily, but if you gift your opposition two goals in the first half hour you give yourself an uphill task, especially against a competent side.
The Whites could not have made a worse start as within the first minute they fell behind after a short backpass from Nathan Stott presented the ball to Cameron Roach, who scored the first of three on the night. His first attempt was blocked by home keeper Rob Crossley but the ball rebounded nicely to him to put it into the empty net.
Three minutes later it might have been two apart from a good block which denied Kelvin Obaze, and it was not until the 24th minute when the Whites had a serious sniff - a long ball finding Charlie Cooper who did the difficult bit rounding the keeper but missed an open goal with his finish. Two minutes later a his cross found Louis Rendall who wasted an 8 yard opportunity.
Another mistake on the half-hour, when the ball rebounded from Rendall into the path of Effy Kazard, made it 2-0 and it could have been worse as on 40 minutes Matt Doel missed at the far post, before, two minutes later when Crossley made a double save, first from Michael Turvey and then Kazard.
A Stott effort was blocked before the break, and after the interval the Whites fell further behind with the first of two really good strikes - on 49 minutes when Roach cut inside and unleashed a tremendous right foot effort into corner and then, to complete the rout, when he got his hat-trick on 83 minutes with a sharp back header across the face of goal from Kazard's cross
The final nail came after Salisbury had chances falling to Zack Kotwicka, who had a goal disallowed for offside, Jack Stanley, who headed wide from distance, and when Cooper brought a good stop from visiting keeper Max Alderson. Salisbury's last attempt at getting a goal back came on 63 minutes with a well struck overhead from Kotwica but keeper Alderson was equal to it.
Salisbury FC: Crossley, Stott, Ward, Weeks, O'Keefe, Stanley (Dible 76), Cooper, Rendall, (Phillips 29) Kotwica (Wolfendon 68), Edwards, Tavares.
AFC Porchester: Alderson, McConnaghie, Limb (Harrison 65), Breed, Archibald, Searle, Tuppen, Doel, Obaze (Kazzard 15), Turvey, Roach (Goodred 90).
Attendance: 52 Referee J McRitchie