Game 17: Salisbury 1.2 Hereford (FA Vase) 19.03.16
After a night out in London and a stay in Wembley, arrived early at the Ray Mac to get a decent spot on the terrace for this sold out FA Vase semi-final second leg. Thoughts went back to the last major semi-final at the ground, a first leg defeat in the FA Trophy for the old club against Barrow. Salisbury had lost the first leg 1.0 so had all to play for.
Salisbury played well in the first half and made the tie level after 18 minutes when Walker received the ball from a free kick and knocked in an equaliser. Hereford were struggling to create many chances but had some luck just before halftime when a ball was played across the area to Symons who calmly placed a shot past the Salisbury keeper. Many of the spectators around me were calling for an offside flag but nothing was given.
The equaliser seemed to knock Salisbury’s confidence and Hereford were the better side after the break. They should have scored when given a penalty but Searle made an excellent save. With ten minutes to go on the clock Hereford broke away and scored with a powerful shot from the edge of the area. Salisbury almost conceded again when a free kick hit the post late on. No trip to Wembley for Steve Claridge’s Whites but promotion from the Wessex League looks likely. The final attendance of 3,450 was a record at the Ray Mac.