Match Report: Nothing between fierce foes in Wiltshire

Salisbury 1

Poole Town 1

Southern League Premier South | MD9 | 28/09/21 |

Poole Town and Salisbury renewed rivalries with a pulsating contest at the Ray Mac.

The opening five minutes saw the hosts keep the ball without generating much threat.

Sam Jackson was caught out by a ball slipped in behind the Poole lines, with the defender careful not to give a penalty away to deny Antonio Diaz.

The opening twenty minutes passed by without much occurring, with Poole slowly getting onto the ball more and more, growing into the game.

On the twenty minute mark Poole would complete their improvement, taking the lead through Tony Lee.

A fine passing move saw Poole’s striker slipped in, but forced to drift wide in order to get a shot off. Despite the angle, Lee placed the ball past Beauchamp to give Poole the lead.

Lee would get another fine chance from a corner – left untouched at a set piece, Lee sent a well placed header to the corner of Salisbury’s goal, only for Whites captain Darren Mullings to head it out for another corner.

Dolphins were now in control, going on to create another good chance from a corner. A scramble in the box left some Poole players adamant a Salisbury hand had denied another goal, before Will Spetch blasted over from six yards.

Poole would have the ball in the net again prior to the half-time whistle, but Tony Lee’s finish was chalked off for an offside in the build-up.

After the break it was time for the hosts to have a spell, quickly producing a goal line clearance from the Dolphins at a corner.

Salisbury would find an equaliser before too long, near replicating the move that gave Poole the lead.

A fine passage of play fashioned a chance for Sam Ashton to poke home and restore parity.

Poole would be tested again before too long, with Jack Dickson forced to slide in to deny Ashton another shot at goal from close range.

With the scoreline level again, the game return to an evenly contested affair with neither side on top.

Tackles came flying from both sides, but quality chances were at a premium.

As the minutes ticked down, Tony Lee became a pantomime villain for his attempts at putting off goalkeeper Beauchamp during drop kicks, but before long the ref called time on an enthralling contest.

Team: Childs, Rose, Jackson (Fletcher 78′) , Spetch, Whisken, Holmes, Carmichael, Moore, Lee, Bartlett, Dickson

Subs: Bedford, Butler (g/k), Burbidge, Gillespie

Salisbury: Beauchamp, Davis, Sommerton, Knowles, Roberts, Ball, Blair, Mullings (c) (Odubade 83′) , Ashton, Brooks, Diaz

Subs: Jubrill, Arnold, Benham, Starr

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