Salisbury FC move up to 3rd place after convincing 7-0 victory

Football on Grass (SXC)

Published at 9:29am 9th April 2017.

The Whites beat relegated Wantage at home.

4 goals from club record scorer Tommy Wright moved Salisbury FC up to third courtesy of a convincing 7-0 victory at home to already relegated Wantage.

Coupled with the fact that both Tiverton and Taunton dropped points, it means Salisbury currently sit just one point off second with three games remaining.

The Whites opened the scoring on the back of a sustained spell of pressure, when Claudio Herbert's looping header somehow found its way under the crossbar on 14 minutes.

The floodgates opened from here, with it practically being a training exercise for the rest of the game.

That lead was doubled by Eddie Perrett, who stabbed home his effort from close range after a string of Salisbury shots, before Wright ensured his side went in 3-0 ahead by rounding the keeper four minutes before half-time.

With the table so close, it could well come down to goal difference and Steve Claridge had clearly sent his side out to get as many as possible.

10 minutes after the break Salisbury had a penalty, when Cameron Mcneil brought down Wright and was given his marching orders, before the striker blazed the ball down the middle to make it four after 57 minutes.

With the game long but over, most people were keeping an eye on results elsewhere.  While Swindon was making a comeback to draw 2-2 with Tiverton and Taunton not finding a way past Hereford with the scores at 1-1, it was shaping up to be an all-round good weekend.

Wright then turned provider, beating a defender and putting the ball on a plate for Taurean Roberts to tap home, before bagging his hat-trick after 70 minutes by beating two defenders and placing into the far corner.

Kalum Youngsam fouled outside the box Four goals from club record scorer Tommy Wright moved Salisbury FC up to third courtesy of a convincing 7-0 victory at home to already relegated Wantage.

Coupled with the fact that both Tiverton and Taunton dropped points, it means Salisbury currently sit just one point off second with three games remaining.

The Whites opened the scoring on the back of a sustained spell of pressure, when Claudio Herbert's looping header somehow found its way under the crossbar on 14 minutes.

The floodgates opened from here, with it practically being a training exercise for the rest of the game.

That lead was doubled by Eddie Perrett, who stabbed home his effort from close range after a string of Salisbury shots, before Wright ensured his side went in 3-0 ahead by rounding the keeper four minutes before half-time.

With the table so close, it could well come down to goal difference and Steve Claridge had clearly sent his side out to get as many as possible.

10 minutes after the break Salisbury had a penalty, when Cameron Mcneil brought down Wright and was given his marching orders, before the striker blazed the ball down the middle to make it four after 57 minutes.

With the game long but over, most people were keeping an eye on results elsewhere, and with Swindon making a comeback to draw 2-2 with Tiverton and Taunton not finding a way past Hereford with the scores at 1-1, it was shaping up to be an all-round good weekend.

Wright then turned provider, beating a defender and putting the ball on a plate for Taurean Roberts to tap home, before bagging his hat-trick  after 70 minutes by beating two defenders and placing into the far corner.

Kalum Youngsam fouled outside the box it seems but the penalty awarded was saved by Bass, who gets down low to his left and parries.

With Salisbury's convincing victory in hand, it means the sit one point off Taunton but 9 less goal difference, as the race for second continues.

Manager Steve Claridge said:

" We've gone in and done the job basically so that's fine and we've had results gone our way.  That was more important in many ways.  It's back in our hands now for the first time this season.

"You look at the games Taunton have left now and I think we have the toughest run-in now.  Ours is undoubtedly the toughest, but we have our noses in front.  We would have taken the play-offs three months ago but we'll take third.

"It gives us a chance, we're not there but if we can win our games we'll be there.  It's taken a long time to get here but I think we can honestly say looking at it we would have finished second, I genuinely believe that."

Defender Calum Hart added:

"The win was important today and now we're third so we need to do our jobs and finish as high as we can, that's the aim of course so we just need to keep going.

"It's been tough to come in at this time of season where everyone is match-fit and I'm a bit behind, it's also the confidence I need to get back  I've gone in for a few tackles today and I'm getting some minutes under my belt so hopefully it will be onwards and upwards from now"

There was a glimmer of home for the visitors, as Kalum Youngsam was fouled in the box by Wheeler, but the subsequent penalty was saved by Bass who dived low to his right.

The rout was completed by the clear man of the match Wright, who poked home a Chris Onoufriou shot to take his tally for the season in the league to 35, top of the goal scoring charts.

With Salisbury's convincing victory in hand, it means the sit one point off Taunton but 9 less goal difference, as the race for second continues.

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