Game 35: Salisbury City 3.0 Welling United (Conference Premier) 21.04.14
The last home game of the season for the Whites against the team that pipped them to the Conference South title last season. Both sides were in mid table and the game had no bearing on promotion or relegation. Salisbury wrapped up the win in five first half minutes with three goals in quick succession. McPhee opened the scoring on 14 minutes from a quickly taken short corner. The ball was passed to him on the edge of the area and his low shot found a way though the crowded area. Two minutes later and White made it 2.0 with a low shot at the keeper that should have been saved but somehow squirmed through the keeper’s grasp and in. White added a third three minutes later with an effort from the right that trickled past the keeper and in.
After this exciting period of play the game settled down. Welling created the better chances and should have pulled a goal back on 26 minutes only to see the ball bounce off the crossbar from a close range header. The second half wasn’t a classic as Welling created several chances but hit the ball at Puddy each time an effort was on target. There was a brief flare up with five minutes to go when Rob Sinclair was felled by a bad challenge, his brother receiving a booking along with a Welling player after it calmed down. It was good to see a young sub, Sam Roberts, come on to make his Salisbury debut and he created a couple of good chances with well placed crosses.
After the match, the Salisbury players did a lap of honour with the management team. After a season that showed great promise with the team in the playoffs for some of the campaign and a good FA Cup run, it will be a great shame if the worsening financial position at the club means many of the same faces won’t be at the Ray Mac next season.