MATCH REPORT: Salisbury FC 1 Cowes Sports 0

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Published at 12:32pm 27th September 2015.

4 minute read

Whites narrowly beat Isle of Wight side at the Ray Mac

Salisbury FC narrowly defeated Cowes 1-0 yesterday afternoon, in a hugely frustrating day for both sides.

The opening 45 minutes saw no goals but plenty of controversy, with Cowes striker Charlie Smeeton in an off the ball clash with Salisbury’s Stephan Walker, which saw the latter booked.

Both players were having words as the visitors took a free-kick deep into their own half, and as words progressed into light shoving and pulling, Smeeton fell back into Walker, with the pair falling to the ground which left Smeeton clutching the back of his head. The following fracas saw both sets of players surround the referee to protest their side’s innocence, a regular occurrence throughout the game.

You could see the frustration building among the home players, management and supporters, having felt a lot of the 50/50 calls were not going their way.

Unhappy with his sides opening half, Claridge made two substitution at half-time, with Tom Whelan and Claudio Herbert coming on for Stephan Walker and Dan Demkiv.

The pair linked up well, and more controversy was to be seen in the 55th minute when Herbert knocked the ball past Max Draper and the defender turned his back, attempting to block him and then fell, tripping the Portugese winger.

Calls of ‘finally we’re given something’ could be heard from the Salisbury bench, and  cheers of what sounded more like relief than joy could be heard throughout the 567 people in attendance at the Ray Mac when Bravo duly converted the spot kick he had won.

With both sets of supporters frustrated with the performance of the officials, there was further misery for referee Bruce Waymark when the stadium announcer declared the number plates of two cars at risk of being towed if not moved, only for the referee to pause the game to inform the bench it’s his car, as ironic cheers rang throughout the Ray Mac.

Cowes pushed for an equaliser as tensions began to reach boiling point, with Jordan Browne going close for the Isle of White outfit and Ashley Jarvis going close to doubling Salisbury’s lead.

The away support sang ‘1-0 to the referee’, and many boos rang out the stadium as the officials and particularly Charlie Smeeton went into the dressing rooms at full time, but ultimately Salisbury will be pleased to remain top of the Sydenhams Wessex Premier Division.

Salisbury manager Steve Claridge said:

“It was a tough game for us definitely, it was very stop and start and the opposition were constantly trying to slow the game down.

“Credit must go to them really as they made it very difficult for us, and if they can go to our close rivals and play like they did today then they will cause them problems which can only be good for us. I have to hold my hands up and admit that I made a mistake with the initial line-up, and luckily the introduction of Tom (Whelan) and Claudio (Herbert) gave us a different dimension.

“The penalty was a controversial one, and it’s difficult for the defender because he’s turned away and tripped up Claudio, so on paper is probably is a penalty yeah”.

Next up for Salisbury is Folland Sports in the FA Vase next Saturday( 3rd October)


Salisbury: Barfoot, Colson, Hart, Roberts, Walker(Whelan,45), Brockway (Captain) , Demkiv, Mundy, Jarvis, Wilson, Young
Subs: Maloney, Whelan (Walker, 45), Matthews, Herbert(Demkiv,45), Perrett
Cowes: Hatt, Draper, Conway, Williams, Bryan, Scoell, Lewis (Captain), Sainsbury, Smeeton, Mc Kie, Wilson

Subs: Browne, Adams, Malin, Gregory, Butt, Woodburn.

Goals: Herbert (Pen, 55)

Attendance: 567

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