Salisbury FC cement their place in the play-offs

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Published at 9:27am 12th February 2017.

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The Whites beat Slimbridge at home 3-0.

Salisbury FC made it twelve wins in thirteen matches in all competitions courtesy of a comfortable 3-0 victory at home Slimbridge.

The win further cements their place in the play-offs, with Swindon's clash with Tiverton postponed.

The first 45 minutes were largely uneventful, but Salisbury had the advantage of an early goal, when new signing Taurean Roberts wayward cross flew into the far left corner on six minutes.

But, bar a few half chances that was all the action in a somewhat flat and underwhelming opening half.

Salisbury emerged with a tad more conviction in their play, and were almost rewarded just two minutes after the break, when a Benson drilled free-kick was parried into the path of O'Keefe, who shot straight at the keeper.

The game needed a second goal, at least from the hosts perspective, which came in the shape of Kane O'Keefe, who stabbed home on 73 minutes to put the game to bed.

The last 20 minutes or so was probably easier than a training session for Salisbury, who began to carve open the visiting defence with relative ease.

The afternoon was rounded off by Taurean Roberts, who got his second of the game with seven minutes to spare by slotting past the goalkeeper with ease.

It means the Whites stay in fourth position and are further cementing that position week by week.

Speaking to Spire, manager Steve Claridge said:

"It wasn't a very good first half and we had to change our shape a bit to give us something Going forward. The opposition done all right, they had a 4-4-2 and blocked us when they needed to and worked hard and stopped us playing so good luck to them.

"Until the second goal there was always a possibility they could nick it and when that went in we knew it was game over but it was a long time coming.

"We made life difficult for ourselves again and we have to make sure we do every game the same way, you can't pick and chose. We've won nine in ten now and it should be ten given the North Leigh game. We're doing what we've got to do and keep doing what we can. We've made up some ground so it gets us a little closer now.

Man of the match Taureen Roberts said:

"It's good to be back, I've been at Tooting and it was going well but then it went down, and I got the call and now I'm back.

"The first goal was a cross, then I realised it was going in and couldn't believe it. The second I was just in the right place at the right time really. It's important to maintain that position in the play-offs, that's what we want to do and to do it twice in a row would be great, I just want to help where I can."

Elsewhere in the Premier Wessex League Bemerton Heath Harlequins lost 3-0 to Fareham Town.

Amesbury were thrashed 4-1 by Blackfield and Langley.

In the first division Downton were beaten 2-0 against AFC Stoneham,

While Laverstock & Ford won 2-1 Totton and Eling.

In Rugby Salisbury lost to Lydney 5-11.

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