Saturday, February 3: Salisbury 6 Yate Town 2
Salisbury returned to winning ways after a disappointing defeat to Barnstaple Town. It looked as if the Whites were in for another misfiring afternoon at the office: Danny Young fired over from point blank, before Stuart Green had a penalty saved. But Steve Claridge’s side broke off the shackles shortly after, when Tom Whelan’s deflected effort ended the deadlock.
The lead was doubled in the 26th minute when former Gosport midfielder Aaron Dawson fired an impressive volley home from outside the area.
On 32 minutes, Stuart Green’s cross was met by the head of Kane O’Keefe who managed to squeeze the ball over a congested Yate goal line.
Salisbury made it 4-0 minutes after the interval when they were awarded their second penalty: this time it was Whelan who stepped up, and he made no mistake.
On 55 minutes Stuart Green added another with a wonderful chip over Rivers into the top left corner.
Yate pulled two back from some slightly sloppy Salisbury defending through Davies and Langworthy, before skipper O’Keefe headed his second of the match.
Horndean 2 Amesbury Town 2
Gareth Horner and Kieran Stephens both netted for Amesbury as they battled to an impressive point away at Horndean. The host’s goals were both scored by Miles Everett. The point helped Amesbury out of the bottom two, as they leap-frogged Newport IOW.
Downton 3 Fawley 2
The Robins stopped the rot with a first win since December 9. The hosts, who trailed at half time 2-1, came back to win 3-2. Daniel Telfer twice netted and Ben Vincent scored the other.
Mark Lilley and Kieran Roche’s strikes put Fawley in the lead.
Laverstock & Ford 5 Verwood Town 0
Lavvy continued their unbeaten form in 2018 with a comprehensive one-sided victory over Verwood on Saturday. Having picked up two huge away wins before this fixture, Laverstock knew Verwood would be another tough test, especially as they had lost their visitors twice earlier in the season.
With that in mind, the home side immediately got themselves onto the front foot. Russ Jones looked in menacing form and should have put his side ahead early on, but put his effort wide of the target.
Sykes led the line with great effect once again and was the man who opened the scoring. His perfectly-timed run and header cannoned in off the upright courtesy of Tom Mundy’s corner on 30. Despite plenty of attacking football, only the one goal separated the sides at the break.
Coming out in the second half, it didn’t take long for Lavvy to take control of the game. Jones again tricked his way into the box and this time was wiped out leaving Adam Bourner to coolly slot home another penalty, his third in three games. With Laverstock smelling blood, Jones was able to get his deserved goal.
Archie Lovegrove chased what seemed a lost cause. only to pull his cross back to Jones who found the bottom corner on 70. And two minutes later, Jones ghosted through to slot home his second. Lavvy’s fifth came moments later, with Lovegrove getting in on the act following an impressive 30 cameo.
Lakeman & McConnell were quick to give praise following the rout.
“In recent weeks, our defending has won us games, and with a consecutive clean sheet for the first time this season, it gave us a platform. The front four and Archie, when he was introduced, were all fantastic. It was great to see us play with freedom and the confidence is growing. It’s another game chalked off, and our full focus now is next Saturday. Nothing else.”
Tuesday, February 6: Didcot Town 3 Salisbury 1
Salisbury’s promotion hopes suffered a dent following a calamitous and ill-disciplined performance on a grim Oxfordshire night.
Sleet hammered down at Loop Meadow for most of their proceedings, it was the home side who came out of the blocks quickest, and could have twice taken the lead in the opening five minutes.
George Jeacock opened the scoring from the sport after Eddie Perrett had a penalty harshly awarded against him. This would be the first of many head-scratching calls for both sides, made by referee Edward Turner.
Jeacock scored his – and Didcot’s – second, with a sizzling strike from the right edge of the box which curled into the top corner. It completed a fantastic move for the hosts, which included some intricate passing before Jeacock let fly.
Stuart Green pulled a goal back for The Whites and they could have been level on the strike of half time, however, Tom Whelan missed from the spot.
In the second half, Felipe Barcelos ran with ease through Salisbury’s central defence and slotted past Tom Roberts, sparking huge celebrations from the home faithful.
Further misery was added for the Whites when Kane O’Keefe was shown a straight red card in the closing moments for a lunge after coming off the bench just 10 minutes earlier.
Birthday boy George Plank scored twice as Bemerton Heath Harlequins beat Amesbury Town 4-3
Robbie Matthews and Alfie Lighfoot also scored. Amesbury‘s goals came from Connor Millar (2) and Jordon Matthews.
Nick Hewlett was the scorer for Shaftesbury FC as they drew 1-1 with reigning champions Portland United. Hewlett’s first half goal gave The Rockies the lead at the interval, before Portland levelled.