A comprehensive 4-2 victory was as well deserved as the scoreline suggests, and with a bit more luck the margin could easily have been higher. A much changed team, including Harry Croft Baker and Matt Loveday making their debuts (with both scoring) from the Under 12s passed the ball sweetly from the outset, and put Salisbury under a lot of pressure. The  centre midfield pairing of Tom Croft Baker and Ben Davidson dominated  the match and created several chances, and the first goal was scored after a breakaway when man of the match Jake Rowland drove through and just as he got to the keeper he unselfishly passed to Loveday to score.  A second quickly followed when Tom Croft Baker drove in a great shot from the top of the D which gave the keeper no chance. The pressure continued and  Harry Croft Baker matched Loveday’s scoring debut as he swept home after a goal mouth scramble.

At 3-0 the team should have pushed on and made it absolutely safe but Salisbury came back into the match forcing a goal from a penalty corner and the defence, led by Raul Patel,  had to be constantly alert.

The second half was much as the first but was lit up by a stunning goal from Rowland who took the ball in midfield, passed out wide to Harry who sped to he corner and crossed hard and low  to the near post and as the Salisbury GK came sliding out to clear, Rowland – at full speed – got their at the same time and deftly lifted it over him to the far right hand corner.

The match ebbed too and fro and Art Barcia, Thomas Edwards and Ben Davidson  had further chance to score and at one point when a scrambled goal from Salisbury reduced the difference to two it seemed as though Salisbury might have grabbed a point,  but a smart save towards the end from Hal Cross ensured a deserved victory which cements the side’s  mid table position.




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