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Salisbury Women FC


Wiltshire County Womens & Girls League Division One

Pitch: Victoria Park

Manager: Neil Underwood
Coach: Mark Steele



Melksham Town Ladies 3 Salisbury FC Women 3
Wiltshire County Womens & Girls League
By Ellie Hayward

Salisbury Women FC visited Melksham Town ladies FC on Sunday. It was a glorious day for a game of football between two good footballing sides on what was a very nice pitch.

Salisbury started slowly, going down 1-0 in the first five minutes of the game. However, Salisbury soon picked their heads up and found their rhythm, passing the ball, slotting it through to Zoe Ridley who swept in the equaliser soon after. Salisbury were lifted by this and it gave them confidence to push forward and create more chances, causing Melksham's defence problems with the pace of Salisbury's front three, Zoe Ridley, Sophie Taylor and Elisha Taylor.

Unfortunately, Salisbury's Chloe Crespi got herself booked as she argued with the referee. She was supported by the team to get her head back in the game and focus.

It was a fast paced, end to end game, with both teams creating lots of chances. Salisbury's keeper Summer Williams made some absolutely cracking saves in the first half. Was a bit of a worry when Summer went down as she collided with a Melksham player after coming out of the goal and making a great stop to keep the ball out of Salisbury's net but she soon got up and carried on and at half time it was 1-1.

The second half started just as quick as the first with Salisbury taking the lead this time from a great through ball from Sophie Taylor to Zoe Ridley who slotted it through past Melksham's keeper. This gave Salisbury a real boost and they were fired up to continue this lead.

Salisbury's lead didn't last long as unfortunately Shannon Jacques scored an own goal. She was devastated but picked herself up and was determined to get her team in the lead again. Salisbury kept on battling and were in search of another goal, crosses were being delivered, passes from Ashleigh Read and Mollie Fox were directed to the strikers and shots were fired into Melksham's keeper. Chances were had, offsides were given but the ball was given to Zoe Ridley who took it past the last defender and struck her shot which hit the top left-hand corner and went in. Salisbury were buzzing and again their spirits were lifted. The lead didn't last too long though as with almost the last kick of the game, Melksham had a corner, they filled the box and one of their players were able to get a foot on the ball which saw it trickle into the back of Salisbury's net making it a tense and nail biting finish with the final score being 3-3.

Salisbury did themselves proud and didn't give up the whole game. They battled and worked hard throughout the game and when the game got tough, they stuck with it and with each other. A point away from home was thoroughly well deserved.

Well done you Whites! Salisbury's next game is at home to Trowbridge Town Ladies FC on Sunday 15th October, 2pm kick off at Victoria Park. Would be great to see you there to show your support and encouragement to the team.

Team: Summer Williams, Baylie Kelly, Shannon Jacques, Sophie Devine, Chloe Crespi, Ashleigh Read, Kay Croucher, Megan Clish, Sophie Taylor, Zoe Ridley, Elisha Taylor, Mollie Fox


Salisbury Women FC visited Marlborough Town ladies on Sunday! The team did their warm up then had a team talk in the changing rooms before heading out onto the pitch!

It was a quick start from both teams, both getting stuck in with challenges from the get go. Marlborough had the first shot to test out Salisbury's keeper Summer Williams. Salisbury were then quick to fire a shot straight back at Marlborough's keeper. Within 7 minutes Zoe Ridley got the first goal for her and for Salisbury and after 21 minutes of play, Salisbury were leading 2-0 with Zoe Ridley scoring again.

Salisbury's heads were lifted and they started to have confidence in their play. Marlborough had played a ball in behind Salisbury's defence, the linesman put his flag up and the referee acknowledged it but let play continue and Marlborough went on and scored. Salisbury's heads dropped a little and soon found themselves 3-2 down at half time.

Salisbury had a good team talk and didn't let the score damper their spirits. They went back out fighting and played much better, were winning the tackles, getting the ball down and passing it into space and creating more chances. As Salisbury were putting pressure on Marlborough's defence, Salisbury equalised with another goal from Zoe Ridley. That boosted Salisbury's game play and with passion and commitment from every player, Salisbury went on to win 5-3 with all goals coming from Zoe Ridley. It was a nail biting match and was very close and was Salisbury's most physical game so far, yet every player showed sheer determination, hard work and teamwork to get another great result for the Whites.

Salisbury's next game is at home to Trowbridge Wanderers Ladies at Victoria Park, kick off at 2pm.

Come down to give your support.

Team: Summer Williams, Shannon Jacques, Chloe Crespi, Megan Clish, Jamie Stretch, Baylie Kelly, Kay Croucher, Tash King, Sam Tyler, Sophie Taylor, Zoe Ridley, Elisha Taylor


Salisbury Women FC 4 Warminster Sky Blues 2
Wiltshire County Womens & Girls League
By Ellie Hayward

Salisbury Women FC hosted their first home league game on Sunday 10th September against Warminster Sky Blues! It was a great turn out from supporters for the girls first home game who were encouraging and supportive throughout!

Salisbury started off strong, getting the ball down well, passing well and creating space for balls to be passed into. A few early shots tested their keeper and shook their defence a little. Salisbury’s centre backs Carina Taylor and Shannon Jacques kept their attackers out and always won the ball and made great challenges!

Salisbury's first goal came after about 25 minutes with Zoe Ridley making it 1-0 to the Whites! That lifted the girl’s heads and it soon became 2-0 to Salisbury with another goal from Zoe Ridley making Salisbury lead 2-0 at half time!

As soon as the whistle blew for the second half to start, Salisbury were straight in there and instantly put pressure on Warminster! The defence stood their ground, the midfielders won the ball and created passes for the strikers to run onto and get their shot underway. A few chances were made from Sophie Taylor, Baylie Kelly and Elisha Taylor but another goal shortly after that came from Zoe Ridley getting another hat trick on the 55th minute. Salisbury were on top and were enjoying playing football.

Unfortunately, Warminster got a goal back, but Summer Williams, Salisbury's goal keeper kept her head up high. The girls didn't let the goal get them down as within five minutes later Salisbury made it 4-1 with a great assist from Sophie Taylor passing it through for Zoe Ridley to run onto it and get her fourth goal of the day. Warminster got another late goal making the full-time score 4-2 to Salisbury.

Player of the match went to Carina Taylor for an absolutely outstanding, solid performance in defence. Salisbury’s next game is Sunday 17th September at home against Swindon Spitfires at Victoria Park, 2pm kick off.

Salisbury Women: Summer Williams, Carina Taylor, Shannon Jacques, Baylie Kelly, Megan Clish, Lindsay Owens, (C) Ashleigh Read, Kay Croucher, Sophie Taylor, Zoe Ridley, Elisha Taylor, Kate Roberts

Swindon Supermarine Womens FC 0 Salisbury Women FC 3
Wiltshire County Womens & Girls League
By Ellie Hayward

Salisbury Women FC played their first league game of the season this Sunday 3rd away to Swindon Supermarine FC. The girls had a team photo before the game showing off the new kit which looked very smart. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our new sponsors 'Bill's' and 'Blencowe Scaffolding Ltd.'

The game kicked off and Salisbury got stuck in straight away. It was a bit of a shakey start and the nerves showed a little but once the girls got the ball down and played, they started passing the ball around well and gained possession. The girls put pressure on Swindon Supermarines and soon took the lead with a goal from Zoe Ridley. Salisbury continued the pressure having plenty of shots at goal, causing the goalkeeper to make some good saves. Salisbury's 1-0 lead soon turned into 2-0 with another goal from Zoe Ridley.

Salisbury went in at half time 2-0 up. When the second half began Salisbury instantly continued how they ended the first half, putting pressure on Swindon's defence, passing the ball into space and creating more chances, resulting in Zoe Ridley getting another goal for Salisbury and getting her first hat trick of the season making the score 3-0.

The game heated up a little with some questionable decisions from the referee. Unfortunately, Zoe Ridley got a yellow card and then got a second yellow card causing her to be sent off at what was very unjust. Shannon Jacques also received a yellow card for a mistimed tackle. The girls calmed it down again and played their game, the middle was controlled by the captain Lindsay Owens who was very calm and collective. Salisbury's defence was solid again, barely letting Swindon's strikers to get through. While our strikers Sophie Taylor, Elisha Taylor and Megan McCormack were causing their defence all sorts of problems.

The final whistle blew and it was a great victory for the girls with their first win of the season winning 3-0. Baylie Kelly was the player of the match with a great solid performance in defence. Salisbury Women FC host their first home game of the season Sunday 10th September against Warminster Sky Blues Ladies. Kick off is at 2pm and takes place at Victoria Park.

Team: Summer Williams, Baylie Kelly, Shannon Jacques, Carina Taylor, Megan Clish, Lindsay Owens, Megan McCormack, Kay Croucher, Sophie Taylor, Zoe Ridley, Ashleigh Read, Elisha Taylor, Lisi Bowers

Gillingham Town Ladies 0 Salisbury Women 10
Wednesday August 30th 2017
By Ellie Hayward

Wednesday evening saw Salisbury Women play against Gillingham Town in the last of their pre-season friendlies before kicking off the season this Sunday 3rd September. The girls went straight in, pushed the tempo and got involved resulting in two early goals scored by Zoe Ridley. Unfortunately, after only playing about 15 minutes the game came to a hold as Gillingham's goalkeeper had hit her head on the goalpost making a save.
When the match restarted the girls got straight back into their stride, playing football well, executing great passes and spreading the ball into wide areas to then create more chances. Salisbury went in at half time 4-0 up with the further goals scored by Zoe Ridley. The second half began and Salisbury had much of the possession, really playing some exciting football. The defence stood their ground, held their line and made some great tackles, making it difficult for the Gillingham's attackers to get through.

Goals kept on coming with another four from Zoe Ridley, one from Kay Croucher and one from Elisha Taylor. There could have been more from Ashleigh Read who created some chances and an absolute rocket of a shot from Sophie Taylor had it not taken the smallest of deflections, it would have definitely hit the back of the net. Summer Williams also kept a clean sheet on her first game and saved a great penalty to keep a clean sheet!
The full-time whistle blew with Salisbury winning 10-0. The girls should be very proud of themselves, they played their best football to date in this game, putting all their hard work into practice from training sessions and worked immensely well as a team. Salisbury Women's first league game of the season is away to Swindon Supermarines on Sunday 3rd September, kick off at 2pm.

Salisbury Women: Summer Williams, Baylie Kelly, Shannon Jacques, Sophie Devine, Megan Clish, Carina Taylor, Lindsay Owens, Ashleigh Read, Sophie Taylor, Zoe Ridley, Elisha Taylor, Kay Croucher