Wednesday 24th July
Home - 7:45pm KO
Match Preview: Bashley (H)
The Whites run out at the Ray Mac for the last time on Saturday before a run of eight consecutive away games.
The opposition comes in the form of local neighbours, Bashley, who currently sit in 11th place in the league with 8 wins, 6 draws and 8 defeats so far. Salisbury defeated the Bash 2-0 away in their first away game of the season. The two sides met again in the Red Insure Cup, with The Whites claiming a 3-0 victory.
The match is far from a formality on Saturday however, with Bashley turning in some good form to secure a valuable three points in midweek with a 2-0 win over promotion hopefuls Swindon Supermarine. Darrell Clarke was present at that match – with Salisbury travelling to Swindon Supermarine this Wednesday in the league.
The Whites went down 3-0 in midweek to a strong Swindon Town side in the Wiltshire Premier Side. However, it was very much a reserve side appearing in White with manager Clarke opting to rest every one of the players involved in that memorable victory over Conference Premier giants Wrexham last Saturday. Jason Silver made an appearance on Tuesday after a lengthy lay-off with injury.
Speaking to the Club’s website, Assistant Manager Mikey Harris feels the mood in the camp is very positive: “We’ve had a good week of training and the boys are feeling good. We’re on a strong run in the league and we’re looking to maintain that.”
With this the last home match for five weeks, Harris looked ahead to a testing time in the team’s league campaign. “It’ll be a difficult period for us being away for eight straight games. I don’t think I’ve experienced that before and I’m sure many of the others won’t have. We are a young team and we don’t have the experience that other teams do, but we’re looking forward to the challenge. It’s a tough test but the next few weeks might very well shape our season, but there’s no doubting the drive and determination throughout the squad.”
Harris insists the team will simply take it one match at a time. “We only focus on the next game, and doing everything we can to give us the best chance of winning. Preparations this week have been good. Tomorrow’s is a totally different game to Wrexham and a very different challenge. It will be far from easy and we go into it giving it everything.”
Finally, Harris gave an update on long-term absentees Jason Silver and Kayne McLaggon. “Jason got a good 45 minutes under his belt midweek which is important. He got a tough of cramp at the end of his runout but that’s to be expected. There’s a lot to do to bring his fitness back up and bring him back into contention but he’s on the right path. Kayne unfortunately suffered a small setback in training recently so we’re being a bit more careful with him. He was doing well, closing in on full fitness but the minor setback just means he’ll be out a little longer than originally thought.”
McLaggon and Silver aside, The Whites will then be fresh and raring to go at the Ray Mac tomorrow, eager to resume league duty after three cup games on the bounce. Clarke has made it no secret that his priority lies firmly with his team’s league campaign. Tomorrow is a chance to win another crucial three points at the Ray Mac where the Whites remain undefeated in the Zamaretto- with just two sides walking away with a share of the points all season.
Kick off is at 3pm. Live coverage will be available on the Club’s Twitter Page.