Whites crash out of Southern League Cup

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Published at 6:28am 1st March 2017.

4 minute read

Salisbury fell flat on their face on pancake day with a 4-0 defeat away to Hayes & Yeading.

Salisbury suffered their biggest defeat of the season, and crashed out of the Southern League cup at the semi-final stage after a 4-0 defeat away defeat to Hayes & Yeading.

The Whites, who came into the clash on the back of nine successive victories, couldn't deal with their higher league opponents counter attacking throughout in an all round lackluster performance.

Things actually began quite well for Salisbury, when Justin Bennett laid off Tom Whelan who saw his shot blocked after just 40 seconds, which turned out to be the last time they really got behind a water-tight defence.

The Whites fell behind after 23 minutes, after a swift counter. Tommy Wright had rounded the keeper but went just too far, only for a clearance and subsequent flick on to find Anthony Edgar free from the defence to find the bottom left corner with ease. This seemed to knock the stuffing out of a tired looking Salisbury side, who by their own managers admittance, are lacking in any real depth to keep things fresh. This was optimised by naming just three subs, two of which were a goalkeeper and physio!

The second half began as it eventually went on, when Edgar struck the post from long range less than a minute after the restart.

The hosts doubled their lead, and eliminated any real sense of a comeback, when Solomon Sambaou was fed through on the shoulder of the last defender and ran through to place the ball into the top corner.

A potential offside call was debatable, but there was no such controversy for their third, when a misplaced pass from Eddie Perrett fell to Callum Adibiyi, who found the top corner from 25/30 yards out leaving Bass with no chance.

Salisbury, who have eight first team players out injured, grew more tired and frustrated as the tie grew on and with a lack of options to bring on had little hope of anything miraculous. To rub salt in the wounds, former player Mahlondo Martin turned provider for the final goal in the dying embers, crossing for substitute Matt Sinclair to tap into am empty net.

It was a bad day in the office for Salisbury, whose grueling schedule finally caught up with them. A win on Saturday will keep their playoff dreams alive and they'll hope this is an isolated occurrence.

Speaking exclusively to Spire FM, manager Steve Claridge said:

"We weren't great Saturday and that looks like a side who have run out of petrol. We thought the three in midfield would dominate, they didn't. We were off on Saturday, we thought we got it out the way but we didn't. There were one or two who we were disappointed with how they applied themselves. We'll look at that but the problem is when you get in a situation where you have nothing to change it with. We're running out of players and you're going to get performances like that as a result. We have to get players fit and keep them fit."

Captain Kane O'Keefe added:

"It's hard to explain really, we've been consistent recently but we were nowhere near that level. No disrespect to them but they weren't a particularly good side, we were well below par. It's disappointing that it comes in the semi-finals but you get those days I suppose."

Meanwhile in the Sydenhams Wessex Premier League Bemerton Heath Harlequins beat Fareham Town 2-1

In Division One Laverstock and Ford made a great comeback in the second half to beat AFC Stoneham 5-2



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