Salisbury FC Development Squad - Wyvern League
Chris Burden and Mike Easterbrook’s Development Squad got off to a winning start in the Wyvern Midweek Division with a 3-2 win over Moneyfields. A mix of first team players and youth made up the starting eleven, two of which played against Bitton last Saturday – Nathan Ball and Robbie Matthews.
Both would have a massive influence in the victory, Robbie Matthews netted a brace and Nathan Ball grabbed a double of his own. The young stopper made two stunning saves in a matter of minutes to keep out an at times dangerous Moneyfields attack.
Reece Rusher produced an industrious display in the first half, constantly causing problems on the right flank. Just fifteen minutes in he took the ball down well and beat his defender into the right hand side of the box and crossed perfectly for Tom Thorne at the back post, sadly for him he hesitated on the line and Moneys Keeper Bobby Read kept the deadlock from being broken.
Minutes later though Rusher would again get the ball into the box, this time the promising Chae Sykes knocked the ball behind his marker and laid off for ‘Mooncat’ to drill low past Read to open the scoring.
Five minutes later a very harsh penalty was awarded against Kieran Parselle following a collision. Liam Kyle stepped up and fluently dispatched The Moneys’ equaliser past Nathan Ball.
After the break Robbie Matthews grabbed his and Salisbury’s second when he pounced on the ball and lobbed the keeper, the veteran striker was relishing the good service on offer.
Just after the hour mark captain for the night Ashton Leigh headed a corner back across goal and found the bottom right corner to give Salisbury a two goal cushion.
Straight away however the visitors responded and Ball had to be at his best on two occasions in short succession to maintain the two goal cushion and he was.
The first a point blank effort saw him reach out with one hand to steer away trouble, first team striker Justin Bennett watching on from the side lines tweeted it ‘was one of the best saves I’ve seen a while’. The second one came a minute later when Cameron Smith was tearing in on goal only for Ball too shut the attack down once again.
Salisbury when in complete control until a momentary shut down of concentration allowed substitute Same Fowler to pull a goal back in injury time.
Salisbury FC Development Squad are back in action at the Ray Mac next Thursday against Sholing (7.45pm)
Whites: Nathan Ball, James Clark, Kieran Parselle, Ellis Lewis, Ashton Leigh (Capt) Charlie Blake, Reece Rusher, Sam Roberts, Robbie Matthews, Chae Sykes, Tom Thorne
Subs: Max Whittaker, Charlie Burden, Rory Wilson, Sam Turner, Amrit Singh
Photos by Ben Beckett Photography