Whites U8's V AFC Bournemouth
Injuries in the warm up add to the Under 18's long injury list - Sound familiar?
Salisbury FC under 18s hosted Bath City at Bulford 3G Saturday morning. The young whites are copying the first team at the moment with no fewer than 5 players out with injuries. This was made worse when Charlie Rayfield pulled up in the warm up and subsequently ruled himself out of this encounter.
The previous game finished all square at Bath earlier in the season, and this return fixture was to prove to be a tight one as well. The game started slowly with both sides failing to provide any real clear openings. However, Salisbury did look the stronger outfit and passed the ball around well without that real quality in the final third. Against the run of play it was Bath that took the lead. This gave the opposition more belief and they were soon 2 nil up. Salisbury started to look a bit shaky at times, but they held on and showed some real character.
Salisbury crossed the ball into the box and the referee adjudged that a Salisbury player had been brought down and awarded a penalty. Ryan Penny stepped up and put Salisbury back into the game. So 2 v 1 it was at the break. The second half saw a different Salisbury come out and they started to create opportunities to score. The Bath defence were being breached on numerous occasions and repeatedly had to foul the Salisbury players just outside the box. The young Whites had three similar free kicks, however all were easily saved by the keeper.
Salisbury kept up the pressure and got their reward when a beautiful through ball from Ben Moore put Josh Sommerton through on goal for him to be brought down by a trailing Bath defender. This time after discussing with the assistant the defender was shown the red card, however again Salisbury failed to capitalise from the free kick. Salisbury now started to push Bath back more and more and switched the play well to create opportunities to get back on level terms. Another foul, another free kick just outside the box. Louis Rendall stepped up and smashed it into the top corner 2 v 2. Salisbury pushed and pushed Bath and should have been awarded a second penalty. Bath to their credit did try to get men behind the ball and play on the counter, Salisbury tried and tried to get the winner and in doing so gave Bath the opportunity to counter attack and that is what they did to snatch the game. Bath counter attacked and fired in a shot which it looked like the keeper had it covered, but the ball took a deflection and beat the diving Kieran McHardy to give Bath the points. FT 2 to 3 .
Both games between these two teams this season have been very close, all the best to Billy and his lads for the remainder of the season.
No slacking by the Champions, its business as usual
League Match 12 for Salisbury U13 Blacks was a trip to Eastleigh to play Fleming Athletic (Also Blacks).
SFC fielded a bare bones 11 due to injuries and Illness in the squad. This meant that manager 'Robbo' deploying numerous players in unfamiliar positions. This allowed Fleming to disrupt our usual passing tempo.
After a few missed chances Matthew Webb (C) latched onto a loose ball and finished well, Whites then had another Goal ruled out, before Aidan McMullan applied the finish to a well worked team move. Salisbury kept the 2-0 deficit going into the break thanks to a Miraculous top corner save from Chris Mundy fresh from representing the youth most of Friday at the Salisbury FC half term hub in the Cross Keys arcade in town. Fleming had started celebrating before the flying keeper ended their joy.
The 2nd half started very scrappy with no team controlling the ball and Fleming took advantage of a defensive mix up to get a goal back. Challenges then heated up and flair took a back seat in what became a highly physical competition that would test of the players resolve. A flash of team brilliance on the Counter attack allowed Matthew Shobbrook to calmly slot home the 3rd, though the deficit never changed the battling nature of the game.
In the final minutes, and with only 10 players left on the field (some carrying injuries) MOTM Matthew Webb netted his double with a sublime mazy run from CDM into the opposing penalty area and popping a finish into the top corner.
FT: Fleming Athletic Blacks 1-4 Salisbury FC Youth Blacks
Mini Soccer in brief
Salisbury Under 9's
Whites played a strong Sholing FC Red side on Sunday. All the young Whites gave a good account of themselves, particularly in an evenly fought first game. Some excellent football was played by both teams. Sholing were though very difficult to break down, and were the stronger team in the second game. The lads played with great spirit, and never gave in, Well done boys.
Under 8 (Sunday)
Salisbury FC Under 8 were back in action against Botley Tigers after weeks off. Despite Alfie Trollope's absence, the 5 remaining spirited whites produced a very convincing performance. Some lovely football was played, well done boys. Man of the match Reagan Saunders, didn't give the opposition a moments rest! COYW
Under 8 (Saturday)
Next up for Salisbury FC U8 Saturday team was a trip to sunny Poole to play in a very challenging 4 team mini festival with AFC Bournemouth Talent ID Centre and two Champion Group football development teams .The festival gave the young whites an excellent experience playing against some of the most talented kids in Dorset . Manager Jase Morgan said 'All the players should be really proud of themselves playing against such talent and for never giving up throughout the morning games it was a proud moment as a coach watching them play against an AFC Bournemouth team a big well done to them all'
After going out of the cup last week Salisbury hosted Shipton Bellinger Rams and the coaches were looking for a good response after the previous week.
A positive start from the whites saw them net a few early goals and settled into the game quickly. They kept there shape and worked hard as a team throughout the game.
A strong contender for goal of the season was a team goal starting from Christian Salisbury in goal and passes went through the whole team with great ball possession progressing into the final third with a great ball across goal from Warren Downing before Stanley Goodridge-Reynolds slotted in from close range.
Shipton battled hard and there keeper made some great saves keeping Salisbury out. In the end Salisbury proved to be playing some great football and were too strong at the back for the Rams. Both Taylor Dunn and Christian Salisbury made some great saves as well as strong defending from Maisie Curtis.
It was tricky to call man of the match with such a good team performance but Harry Turner and Maisie Curtis just edged it.