Rain was the big winner this weekend with very few fixtures beating the elements, However for three of our young teams it was game ON.
Dave 'Robbo' Robinson took his under 13 blacks marching into the semi finals
With the league all but sewn up already the blacks turned their attention to the quarter finals of the Tommy Traynor Trophy. The opposition where from two divisions higher than the whites outfit, and are themselves top of their division. This made on paper at least Salisbury the underdogs. So a tough game was anticipated and no one was left disappointed with what transpired.
As in all games this season the blacks team trust and composure shocked the opposition and it was a first half dominated by the thus far unbeaten whites. At half time Salisbury were 3 v 0 up with Penna, Hunter and McMullan finding the net.
The second half got underway and Testlands scored soon after with a long range effort. Understandably the lifted their spirits as they sensed a way back into this knockout game. A somewhat fortunate 2nd goal then made for a cracking if not extremely nervous final 10 minutes. Resolute defending and sheer hard work on a very wet and heavy pitch was rewarded with the final whistle and a place in the semi finals.
The Salisbury team spirit was epitomized by Matthew Shobbrook who put in a sterling MOTM performance.
Development and fun more important than results for the Under 8's
Salisbury under 8's (Saturday) returned to Testway league action on Sunday against Andover shooters blue. The Whites started strong from the off, giving Andover no time at all on the ball. The Andover side found it hard getting out of their own half with Salisbury's high pressing game. The whites keeper Elliot Eyers was not really involved in the 1st half of this game. Some excellent creativity from the youngest in the team, Theo Crew was proving too much for the other team to deal with throughout the game. In the second half Jason Morgan gave his charges some restrictions which were intended to even the game up and help both teams to take part in the game and develop their skills, a move that was praised by the opposition coaches at the end of the game.
We would like to wish Andover shooters all the best for the remainder of the season.
Clarendon V Salisbury FC Under 7's
After a long time without a game due to the weather, it was great to get back to having a bit of game time on a Sunday morning. And as the photo above shows, for the players at this age, there is no such thing as too muddy a pitch for a game of football.
So the short trip to Clarendon for a morning kick off was looking good with the sun shining and our players raring to go. Clarendon has always been a tough side to breakdown, however on this occasion the little Whites got off to a strong start controlling the game in the first half. Some fair but strong tackles, great vision and fantastic team play saw Salisbury just edge the opening half of this game. As expected Clarendon battled hard and got themselves back into the game in the 2nd half. However, Salisbury showed how much the team has come on by having a strong last 10 minutes and probably just edged the game overall.
All the players in black and white (black and mud by the end of it) had a great game and some stand out performances from Maisie, Warren and Josh. Man of the match went to Goodridge-Reynolds for a strong defensive performance.