Whites fall at final hurdle in play-off final

Salisbury FC crest (Salisbury FC)

Published at 6:10pm 1st May 2017. (Updated at 6:11pm 1st May 2017)

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Salisbury FC were defeated by Tiverton, costing them a place in the Southern Football League Premier Division.

Salisbury FC missed out on promotion with a 2-0 defeat at home to Tiverton Town.

A goal in both half's cost the Whites the win and progression into the Southern Football League Premier Division.

The home side at the Ray Mac, which was attended by 2247 people, started off well despite the end to end play in the first fifteen minutes which saw a lack of chances from either side.

Salisbury had a number of failed attempts in the first half with Tommy Wright, Lewis Benson and Eddie Perrett missing the target.

Despite Tiverton not having a shot on goal until the 38th minute they were the ones who capitalised on that, scoring from a corner 40 minutes in.

As the first half ended and the second half began, Salisbury stayed on the back foot and it took just ten minutes before the away team put a second goal into the net.

Manager Steve Claridge made three changes in the second half, taking Sam Roberts, Eddie Perrett and Justin Bennett off in exchange for Claudio Herbert, Brandon Mundy and Jesse Waller Lassen.

Although the changes brought some energy into the defeated side seeing them given seven corners in 15 minutes, Whites were unable to pull the game back into their favour and it ended in a loss.

Captain Kane O'Keefe spoke to Spire FM after the game:

"It's been a good season up until this point but to lose on the play-off final doesn't mean anything - the previous games don't count for much. It's been an achievement to get this far but then to fall at the final hurdle is hard to take.

"The fans were unbelievable. They are what make playing football, that's what it's all about. Even today they were unbelievable, shame we couldn't do it for them. That's probably the biggest disappointment in the changing room that we let the fans down more than we let ourselves down.

"If there's one plus, it's playing in front of 2,000 people but it's a bit hard to take."

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