SFC U15 legendary coaches take time our for photo's with the fans. That's unbelievable Nick!!
Under 18’s Win in the Wiltshire Derby
Salisbury under 18s travelled to Swindon for the second week in a row, hoping to turn around the 3-1 defeat in the quarter final of the wilts cup the previous Sunday. Salisbury started the game looking very nervous, probably due to drawing their last 3 games in the South West Counties League. Salisbury created several chances to score early on but failed to take them and New College always looked dangerous on the break. The home side could sense that Salisbury were a little nervous and struck home to take the lead. Salisbury continued to press the New College goal and won numerous corners but failed to score, so the first half finished 1 v 0 to New College.
The second half started with Salisbury getting their passing game going and carving out some great chances to score but it was New College who counter attacked quickly, and an effort on goal struck the post, but a New College striker was on hand to turn the ball in to extend their lead.
Two goals down and with a mountain to climb Salisbury showed some real character to get themselves back into the game. Jack Roberts came on to replace Zak Ford who had worked hard to press the New College centre halves. Salisbury’s two wingers Ben Starr and Josh Sommerton started to dominate their respective defenders and with support from Charlie Rayfield and Jim Ward Salisbury took control of the game. Ben Starr went through and cut inside with the ball to fire past the keeper into the roof of the net to pull one back for Salisbury. Ryan Penny started to work the New college defence with some great intricate footwork on the edge of the penalty area and should probably had a couple of free kicks given his way.
Salisbury were awarded a corner after some good work between Ben Starr, Jim Ward and Ryan Penny. The corner came in and the Whites were determined to get something on it, Ben Moore got the flick on and Salisbury were back level. New college came back at Salisbury and some good defending from Ben Moore and Kieran Edgington made sure that the score remained two apiece. New College launched some long balls forward but Kieran Mchardys handling had been excellent today in the Salisbury goal. Salisbury after being robbed of games in the dying seconds in previous weeks were determined to turn the tables today and a good performances from Louis Rendall and Charlie Burden in the middle of midfield stopped New College from playing through the middle. Ben Starr went on another mazy run and crossed to the far post only to see Josh Sommertons headed attempt brilliantly saved by the New College keeper.
Ben Starr drove forward again and Salisbury should have been awarded a penalty when the New College player clearly handled the ball, however the ball broke kindly and Ben Starr took it around the player who had brought him down and Salisbury were awarded a penalty. Skipper Charlie Burden stepped up to take the penalty only to see the keeper pull off a fine save, however Burden picked up the rebound and slotted it home for Salisbury to take all 3 points. Great Character shown by these young Whites today Next week we host Bridgwater and look to build on today’s result.
Under 15’s through to the TT Semi-final.
Salisbury FC under 15s hosted Hamble Youth in the Quarter finals of the Tommy Traynor trophy. The match was played on a heavy playing surface. Hamble a division above Salisbury started strong and took the lead. As the half was closing out Salisbury utility player Nash came off the bench and scored an equaliser with his first touch. The then returning Taylor came off the bench as well to score in second half to seal the game for the underdogs. And a strong performance from the whites defence closed the game with Clayton claiming the MOM award. The whites will be in the hat for semi-final next week.
Under 14’s JPL
A depleted under 14’s missing several key players made the long journey to Dartford FC’s impressive Princes Park complex. The Darts won the early season encounter between the two sides 4 v 0, but that game was closer than the score reflected. This tie was to follow the same pattern for most of it.
The Whites outplayed high flying Pompy last time out, so confident should have been high going into this one.
The game started evenly with both teams cancelling each other out and taking it in turns to attack. It was Dartford that got the first break and went ahead on 15 minutes. The 2nd quarter the young whites created some good chances but it looked like we could not find the back of the net. A lot of the Whites goals this term have come from Butt and McSorely, both missing this game. A break down the right by Mason saw him get behind the Darts defence and bearing down on goal. He was eventually brought to the ground by the chasing defender. The referee pointed to the spot. Whites had the chance to draw level, however the usually reliable Davis saw his effort saved. To add salt to the wound Dartford raced up the other end and increased their lead. 2 v 0 the first half ended. The 2nd half was again pretty even for most of it, both teams drawing saves from the opposition goal keepers, however the whites didn’t take their chances and the Darts did. Three more goals made the score line look more one sided than the actual match was, but there are lessons to learn for the boys from this game against a very strong Dartford side.
Wiltshire County Cup Under 13's Quarter final:
After two failed attempts to play the fixture at the home of the Whites ‘Victoria Park’ the draw was reversed to FC Salisbury Utd’s - Lugershall first team home ground. Both teams came out the changing rooms looking to do business. Within 60 seconds the year younger team of FC Salisbury Utd from the Division 1 North Wilts league had found the net from a long range effort.
Salisbury FC now knew they had a proper challenge on their hands, but it was Utd who continued to keep hold of possession, passing the ball around well. That was until Salisbury broke down the right flank and a Cross from Cross set up Shering to equalise 1-1. The tie was now more closely contested but again Utd took the lead with another impossible 30 yarder ending up just under the cross bar 2-1.
The Whites just could not get their foot on the ball and Utd forced a corner that they would convert 3-1. The whites knew going into the break 3-1 they would still have a fighting chance so with the introduction of debutant McMullan who has been shining recently came off the bench to bag a goal just before the break it was a massive bonus 3-2.
The whites were given a few instructions by coaching staff at half time which changed the whole dynamics of the game, Salisbury kicked off the second half and had the ball in the net 3 times in four minutes Mcmullan would be the hero again making it 3-3, Then McMullan fed cross who found Shering to convert 3-4, then McMullan completed the hatrick with a header from Shering’s cross 3-5. The game now suddenly looked beyond Utd with the Whites back four of Mirza, Fernando, Roberts and Cooper closing players down and shutting out every attack. Newman was busying himself tirelessly up and down the right the left flank, and Campbell-Smith and Boudry bossing the middle of the park. It was a Newman pass that found Shering who crossed for Cross flicking the ball over the keeper to nestle in the net 3-6, Salisbury then rung the changes bringing on fresh legs Fury and Hunter. Full credit the young Utd boys who never gave up to the final whistle getting a goal back 4-6.
Salisbury FC would like to thank Eggy and Utds hospitality and say the his team a year younger can hold their heads high and we wish them all the best as they now concentrate on winning North Wilts Division 1.
The weather put paid to most football this weekend but the U8 Saturday team travelled north to dryer lands.
Salisbury FC U8 Saturday team were given a BYE into the next round of the lion cup which gave room for a trip to Queens Mary College, Basingstoke to play a very physical Basingstoke Town FC side. Salisbury started well with attacking two Ollie Page and Theo Crew causing the Basingstoke defence all kinds of problems which lead to opportunities for Ollie page and Tyler Voce to find the back of the net on numerous occasions. Basingstoke never gave up and started to claw their way back into the game with some excellent counter attacks which caught Salisbury off balance in the second half. An excellent game between two good footballing teams. Man of the match went to ever impressive Ollie Page. A big thank you to Richard Henny the Basingstoke coach for getting the game on today and paying out of his own pocket for the use of the Astro turf. COYW