With the seasons changing and mornings getting colder, this can only mean one thing - Christmas is on its way.......
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.
Trials for our U16 Junior Premier League side 2018/19
Calling next season's Under 16s! If you have the ability and desire, we have the pathway for you.
Salisbury FC U16’s play in the Junior Premier League. The JPL is the highest standard available outside of the academy system and is used by many large non-league and League 2 clubs' talent centres to bring through players to their U18 academies.
Players in our U16 JPL squad will also be challenging for places in our U23 mid-week Wyvern league side. This transition from JPL to Wyvern is a proven pathway into 1st team football at this football club.
This season has seen several young players that have come through the JPL make their debuts in Steve Claridge’s Southern League squad. No more so than 17 year old Josh Sommerton who made 10 appearances in the first team and no doubt will continue to build on that this coming season.
Head coach Richard Rendall is joining up with the U16s this season after his U18s have now moved into adult football.
Richard has brought through several players, including Sommerton, to first team football, as well as seeing one of his squad, Ryan Penny make 6 appearances for England school boys this spring.
This is an excellent chance for aspiring U16 players to really push themselves to the next level.
Our open training sessions begin on the 9th June 10:30am. To reserve a place please contact Mark Winter.
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