Whites progress to the third round of the Southern League Cup

Salisbury FC crest (Salisbury FC)

Published at 7:36am 9th November 2016.

Brace from Thomas Wright move Salisbury into the Third Round of the Southern League Cup.

Two goals in the final 20 minutes from Thomas Wright moved Salisbury into the Third Round of the Southern League Cup with a 2-0 victory over local rivals Winchester.

A season low home league crowd of 348 braved the wet and cold conditions at the Ray Mac and may have been regretting their decision after a first half that provided little action.

Salisbury were keeping the ball on the ground and playing good football despite the conditions and only a goal line clearance from Winchester defender John Hayward after half an hour kept the scores level.

A strong defence, led by former Salisbury hero Robbie Matthews, largely dealt with everything Salisbury could muster up until the latter stages of the second half. On 70 minutes with the game seemingly heading to a deadlock, Tommy Wright was laid off by substitute Rusher, before cutting inside and firing into the near right corner of the net.

A Brockway free kick into the box on 85 minutes met Wright, who guided the ball into the same corner with a neat header. Despite a couple of late chances the Salisbury defence held on for the victory. Its often a sign of a teams credentials if they can pick up victories in harder conditions, with those in white hoping that's the case.

Manager Steve Claridge said:

"It wasn't like Saturday, but it never was going to be with our injuries. They'll probably say the same and it'll be harder when we next play them certainly.
"It was all about getting over the line tonight and we can now have a bit of a rest, the games are coming thick and fast at the moment but we didn't concede and now have got something we can build on. They had one or two moments during the game, mainly which we gave them. I don't think anyone can say we didn't deserve that win."

Defender Kieran Parselle said:

"Happy to get the win of course. It's been a bit of while since we last got a clean sheet which isn't because we're getting opened up but through silly mistakes. Tonight we showed that we can play as a unit. With the strikers we've got we have a chance in every game. We can't have them scoring 2 or 3 and has doing the same so hopefully we can build on this now."

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