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Salisbury FC
26/04/2017 19.45 HOME

Evesham United
Evo-Stik Southern League Division One & West Play Off Semi Final

YOUTH - the weekend round up 4th March

 Valiant Whites exit the cup with their heads held high

Salisbury under 18’s took on Forest Green Rovers in the semi-final of the South West counties cup on Saturday. The game started with some very good attacking play from both sides and it was obvious from the start that this was going to be a good match. FGR broke up some good play in the middle of the pitch by Ryan Penny and Christos Papakonstantinou and played the ball into a dangerous area inside the area and finished well to put FGR 1 nil up. Salisbury looked stunned and gave the ball away cheaply on the right hand side, the advancing FGR attacker crossed into the box and with the wind and an incredible amount of luck the ball sailed into the top corner. Now Salisbury had a mountain to climb. They pressed FGR all the way, first with Josh Sommerton and Jim Ward ripping FGR apart down the left and Ben Starr and Charlie Rayfield were also creating chances on the right. It was Rayfield who played a good ball into Ben Starr who beat his man and fired into the back of the net to get Salisbury back into the game, a question of offside perhaps about the goal but it stood. Then followed the talking point of the game. Salisbury were constantly attacking and FGR were conceding free kicks in dangerous areas time and time again. Salisbury worked the ball into the area again and again, eventually the ball fell to Louis Rendall who found space in the area to beat his man, but he was then brought down before he had a chance to pull the trigger. The only person that did not think that is was a penalty was the one that mattered, the ref. So the score remained 2 v 1 to FGR at half time.  

The second half saw the Gloucestershire outfit playing deeper to try and protect the lead they had. This forced Salisbury to try to break them down. The FGR back four play very well and the left and right backs got much tighter on the Salisbury wingers. Salisbury continued to pass the ball well and pushed FGR all the way. Christos Papakonstantinou fired in a shot that went inches over the bar, Chae Sykes put the ball into the net however was deemed to have fouled the keeper in the process. Then the chance of the game the ball fell to Ben Starr in the box who controlled it and passed to Chae Sykes for a tap in that would have taken the game to extra time but the opportunity was missed by the normally prolific striker. The Whites kept pressing to the end but the FGR defence held out for the win. A really good game with two very good teams playing some excellent football. We wish Wade and Forest Green Rovers all the best in the final. 

A game of two halves for the 14’s 

The under 14 JPL side less three major influential players travelled to Blandford to take on the AFC Bournemouth shadow academy. It was the cherries that came flying out of the blocks in the first quarter of the game. However both of their two goals in this period came on the break when the whites were pressing them back. For all of the host’s nice football the goals came the old fashioned way with long balls over the top. In the 2nd quarter it was Salisbury who were the better side and forced many half chances and corners. A through ball from Sam Butt put Ollie Mason through who got away from his man, and fired past the keeper to get Salisbury back in the game.  

The 3rd quarter got under way with the Whites again edging the game, but unable to carve out too many clear chances. The Bournemouth side where a constant threat though and eventually they found their way through despite another MOTM performance from on trial centre back Declan Green. A 3rd and a 4th goal for the Cherries made it 4 v 1 and there was no way back for the whites. With only one sub to call on due to last minute fall outs due to sickness and injuries to last week’s major attacking threats of Weir and Eagles, had those two been available the score may have been different. A word also for squad captain Alfie Hawke who failed a fitness test on Friday but still travelled to Blandford to support the team.

Lion plate Salisbury under 7's v Worthy Blue under 7's

Salisbury welcomed Worthy Blue as they met in the lion plate. It was a lovely start with Salisbury coming close early on with Stanley Goodridge-Reynolds just hitting wide from inside the box. Salisbury played very well as a team and displayed some organisation with Harry Turner taking control from defence and commanding the team to keep their shape and made some great runs down the wing and was able to get the ball into the box to find a team mate many occasions. There was some great battling in middle of the park by Maisie curtis and Taylor Dunn and an excellent performance by our goal keepers Christian Salisbury, Joesph Greenyer and Lucas Prescod-Togood. William Shardlow again managed to break through the opposition’s midfield and defence and created some great chances. 

Every players showed a lot of focus and support for their team mates as when they were sub there task was to watch their fellow team mate and see what they did well and to see if they could do the same and understand the position they were playing in. A great solid performance by the young whites with a lot structure and organisation on the pitch with some cracking creative play produced some excellent football. 


The team have come a long way since the star of the season and everyone is looking forward to exciting times ahead the these talented whites.


With the weather last weekend these are the only three fixtures this weekend that survived.





Tomorrow's U18 fixture moved venue

The Ray Mac pitch like many this week has fallen foul to the weather. Tomorrows planned cup tie with Forest Green Rovers has had to be moved to the Bulford 3G due to the pitch having standing water in many places this evening.

For anyone still able to go along and support the lads in this important cup tie the address is Bulford Camp. Picton Barracks, Marlborough Road, Bulford, Wiltshire, SP4 9NY

Kick off is 10:30am.

CUP FOOTBALL at the Ray Mac this Saturday

Salisbury FC U18 v Forest Green Rovers U18

Scott Bartlett brings his young FGR side to the Ray Mac this Saturday morning to take on Richard Rendall and Mark Sommerton's under 18's in the semi finals of the Gary Else memorial league cup.

Supporters not travelling to Devon for the 1st team game this weekend can still get there Saturday football fix by coming along and support the Whites as they go ahead to head with Rovers for a place in the final.

This will be the third meeting between these two sides this season. The Whites brought all 3 points back from Gloucestershire back in September when goals from Ronan Clancy and Jack Roberts cancelled out a Kray Roberts strike. However FGR got their revenge in the return fixture when Jordon Morris scored the only goal of the game to make it 3 points a piece in the league encounters. FGR currently sit in 2nd in the league with Salisbury in 3rd place. Hence it is fair to say there is not a lot between these two sides so a keenly contested game between two good footballing sides is in store for those that can make it up to the Ray Mac to support the young Whites.

Richard and Mark will likely be without Chae Sykes who picked up a knee injury during the last development game. However following on from last Saturdays courageous 1 v 1 draw at Cirencester were they was only able to field 10 players for the whole match, they know whatever side they put out will play for the shirt, the team and give nothing less than 100%.

So if your not travelling to Barnstaple get yourself up to the Ray Mac, have a morning coffee and a hot bacon roll in the bar before kick off, and a nice cold drink at half time and after the game.

Kick Off - 10:30am

Gates open - 9:45am

Admission - Free to all ages.

There will be a donation bucket should supporters wish to help contribute to Salisbury FC Youth's costs of running the stadium on the day and repairing the pitch afterwards.

YOUTH - The weekend youth round up - 25th 26th Feb

 A Penny and Burden master class helps earns 10 man Salisbury U18’s a deserved point.

 Salisbury under 18s travelled to Cirencester for a South west counties league encounter with just the bare 11 due to on going injury problems that were made worse in the week with Chae Sykes picking up a repeat of the knee injury that has kept him out for several weeks. That changed to 10 just before kick-off with a warm up injury. So a change of formation and a different system was required from the management team of Richard Rendall and Mark Sommerton.

What followed showed everyone the commitment and dedication that exists in these young whites. Cirencester playing with an extra man and 5 fresh pairs of legs to come on and must have thought that victory was a foregone conclusion. What they didn't factor in is this is a Salisbury team full of spirit.

Cirencester started the game with an obvious game plan which was very direct. The back three of Kieran Edgington, Jim Ward and Ben Moore were immense for Salisbury winning nearly everything in the air and on the ground and when they had the chance they got the ball down and passed it well. The hosts had the first chance in the game to score but a complacent tap in by their striker missed the target. Salisbury attacked Cirencester when they could and threatened the goal on a couple of occasions. Josh Sommerton on the left of midfield had an excellent game, every time he got the ball he caused Cirencester problems. They could only stop him by repeatedly bringing him down. Josh was eventually injured by one of these fouls and it looked like Salisbury were going to play the final hour with 9. After some ice and heavy strapping he came back on to help his team.

Salisbury attacked and sent in a shot at goal that hit a couple of defenders on the way, the ball fell to Louis Rendall who put Salisbury I nil up. Within 5 minutes Cirencester pumped another long ball into the box, this time they got lucky and levelled the score. Half time 1 a piece it was.

In the 2nd half Ryan Penny and Charlie Burden took the game by the scuff of the neck and showed that you don't have to run around like maniacs to control a game of football. They worked up and back, passing and linking up the play all of the second half. Ryan with his excellent close control could only be stopped by the Cirencester players repeatedly fouling him. Charlie moved with the flow of the game superbly and controlled the tempo of the match. As a coach to see two lads working the centre of midfield like that is great to watch. The whole team battled to the end to hold out for a 1 v 1 draw. The Whites might have even nicked it at the end but perhaps that’s being a little greedy.

If we are going to get some luck let’s hope it’s in the league cup semi-final against Forest Green Rovers next Saturday 10.30am kick off at the Ray Mac.

Well done to these young Whites today, the club is proud of you all.

Salisbury FC U14’s put Aldershot Town to the Sword.

For what seems like an eternity the Whites have always had a key player or two missing for both Saturday and Sunday fixtures. However this Saturday they were able to name as close to a full strength side as Winter and Jamison have been able to name all season.

Sam Waters coming back in for the first time since Pre-season immediately bolstered the middle of the park and enabled our own ‘Zlatan’ Callum Weir to be pushed up front to as it transpired to have an almighty battle with the equally physically imposing Shots central defender.

The Whites started the strongest and soon got their reward after 10 minutes when Reece McSorely got his first of the day with a fine finish. So at the end of the first quarter it ended 1 v 0 to the hosts.  The 2nd quarter was more even. The whites managed to pull 2 ahead when good work from Waters and Weir resulted in a driven in cross that went in off the thigh of Davis whom admitted afterwards he knew little about it. But it goes down as his goal. The young shots though and especially Nago were causing the Salisbury defence problems. They eventually pulled one back through Harris to finish the 2nd quarter with a one goal deficit. Had it not been for some excellent defending by the Salisbury central defenders Declan Green and Tom Feest, Nago and Bell-Harper could have had more.

Salisbury carved out many chances in the 3rd period mostly falling to the lightening quick Jack Eagles, however most went begging with him having a bit of a ‘Tommy Wright 1 on 1 issue’ and it was not until the last moments of the period that he eventually got his rewards for persistence. 3 v 1.

 Into the last 20 minutes and the Whites finally got into their full stride and played some great possession football. Goals from Ollie Mason and a second for McSorely stretched the lead to 5 v 1. Game over you would have thought, but that was not what the young shots were thinking, and back they came with 2 quick fire goals through Harper and Harris. 5 v 3 and a reaction was needed from the young Whites and the management got it. Two goals, a second for Eagles and an intended goal this time from Owen Davis sealed victory for Salisbury. FT 7 v 3

A special mention to Williams in goal for Aldershot, a defender apparently by choice but a sound performance and shows the benefit of having a keeper that is comfortable with the ball at his feet. Was used as a keeper sweeper to great effect throughout the game.

MOTM for Salisbury was Declan Green.

Mini Soccer round up

Salisbury FC Under 9's played a well-organized and efficient Hedge End Falcons side today. Hedge End dominated the first game, as we struggled to find our own game and impose ourselves on the opposition. The boys came in prior to the 2nd game, and we decided on some changes. The boys came out and showed a terrific desire, determination and spirit. A brilliant reaction and response by 6 players who were all magnificent. Very well done boys

Salisbury FC Under 8 (Sunday) had a close contest with Durrington U8 today. Both sides demonstrated great effort and were both rewarded with plenty of goals. Great to see the young whites score some brilliant team goals. MOTM went to Roman Randall for his solid performance at the back and contribution to goals scored. COYW

Next up for Salisbury FC U8 Saturday team was a home game V Fordingbridge. Salisbury started slowly in difficult blowy conditions but soon got into their passing rhythm with a dominant performance. Fordingbridge found it hard getting out their own half at times with high pressing from Camron Dean and Charlie Creese in defence, which lead to chances for Eathan Standen , Ollie Page , Elliott Eyers and Theo Crew on numerous occasions. All credit to Fordingbridge who never gave up and should be proud of their own performance against a very strong Salisbury team. Man of the Match went to Ollie Page. COYW

Whites Under 7’s played away to Tidworth Spartans. First time we have played them so we didn't know what to expect. As it turned out we needn't have worried our youngest Whites played possibly their best football of the season. We had played our U8s in training a few days before and had been really competitive with them so I impressed on our players that I wanted the same effort and attitude and I got it.  We scored lots of goals and conceded a few as well. How many I don't know as we don’t keep scores. Taylor, Warren & Josh stood out with their passing and finishing, although every player performed really well including both Goal Keepers that were used. 

With no Southampton leagues in action this week that is all for now. Just to say on behalf of the youth the very best of luck to the U18's as they entertain Forest Green Rovers this Saturday coming in the Gary Else Memorial League Cup 2016/17 semi final.                

Weekend Youth Round Up - 18th & 19th Feb.

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'

Under 7's

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.



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