Salisbury New Faces Threaten Imps 100% Record
Salisbury City have enlisted Reading FC star Angus MacDonald and Oldham Athletic utility man Glenn Belezika to halt the slide. Wins over Aldershot Town and FC Halifax, as well as a draw at Welling suggest we should not take a big, powerful and quick side lightly, even if they are managed by the youngest manager in football (28).
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Saturday 6th September K.O 15:00 pm
|Away Fans Pricing||Adults £18||Cons £13
||U18 £7||Small stand left of Echo Stand|
|Position 2012/13||BSS (playoffs)|
Salisbury City, unbeaten in 3, face Lincoln City, boasting a 100% home record, with the momentum apparently moving in the visitors favour. The Imps have been carrying injuries and, although we are welcoming players back, enforced lack of training to key personnel could begin to undermine the standard of fitness within the side.
Oldham Athletic utility man Glenn Belezika will be a threat down their right for Newton, who will face his toughest adversary to date, along with fast and furious Fitchett. Ben Wright came on for him as a scoring sub on Saturday with Sinclair and Freer part of a very big and mobile trio. Boyce, Brown and Miller will have to be very alert indeed, although Gray may come in for Miller if he is not fit.
The normal four man Wiltshire Whites midfield had changed to a trio in the last game after Theo Lewis had seen red. The three, 6” 4″ Ricky Wellard (Wimbledon), McPhee and Kamdjo, look formidable with Foster, Nolan and Fofana certainly in for a workout tomorrow. Wellard is a terrific footballer and laid on the first for Frear before FC Halifax had two sent off last week. If Fairhurst and Rowe (both groin) are fit we will stretch them, although Wright and Dixon are both straining at the leash.
Salisbury do look suspect at the back, although the size of both sides suggests a set-piece could be the thin dividing line between the two sides. Thomlinson, has been struggling, but if he can get our noses in front, thus continuing his scoring run, Wright could well replace him. Many Imps have been unable to train this week eroding the fitness levels we have come to expect, although Newton Boyce, Jordan, Nolan and Miller have fantastic natural fitness levels suggesting we will be able to compete.
Looks like a nervy and tight one again, although with top spot to motivate TEAM LINCOLN, should our adversaries slip, you still fancy Simmo’s soldiers to have a spring in their step. Then again the Sincil Bank stage and the aura of ex-League club Lincoln will be seen as a scalp and a big motivating factor for part-timers Salisbury. This cup-final mentality makes getting out of the the two up Skrill Premier even harder than it looks on paper.
Likely team & Scheme
22 Belezika 6 Wilson 5 Clarke 2 Ruddick
12 Kamdjo 8 Wellard 7 McPhee
13 Sinclair 20 Fitchett 11 Frear
The Summer plans
With Darrell Clarke joining ex-Imp goal machine John Ward at Bristol Rovers as assistant manager in the summer after two promotions in 3 years, former playing/ assistant Mikey Harris was promoted to make him the youngest manager in football at 28. The comparatively small budget and his tender years will not faze the midfielder however with consolidation a realistic aim given Rovers are just down the road with the 5 year managerial partnership forming a strong bond. There is also a big Plymouth connection at the club.
Mikey’s move to bring in striker Warren Feeney in a playing assistant role is an astute one and he has avoided the exodus many feared. Thus he knows the players, the strengths and weaknesses, has added wisely and the Whites will hit the ground running. A further example of his ambitious and persuasive way has to be the capture of Ben Wright who is a massive signing from Forest Green Rovers. Young forward Dan Fitchett has returned from Southend after spending the pre-season on trial and Glenn Wilson (centre & full-back) has re-signed.
Hugely experienced striker Warren Feeney has arrived from Plymouth as player assistant to help steady a young but exciting squads nerves. Ex-Wimbledon midfielder Ricky Wellard signed initially on loan from Cambridge last season before joining in January and was inspirational in the play-off winning side. His huge 6’4″ midfield presence will be vital again this term. Monty George, a talented 16 year old keeper, has come in and Clovis Kamdjo has great technique. He can play in defence or midfield, although influential defender Chris Giles did retire in the summer, suggesting the former.
It will be tough this season but as other promoted sides have proved playing on the bigger stages inspires some great away performances that get the points that make a difference. STMI wish Salisbury good luck (except against the Mighty Imps of course) and hope their fans enjoy the experience.
|20th July||Warren Feeney||Plymouth||For||Free|
|23rd July||Ben Wright||FGR||For||Free|
|6th Aug||Clovis Kamdjo||Barnet||Def/Mid||Free|
|6th Aug||Monte George||trialist||GK||Free|
The Whites 2013/14 Squad
Keepers Will Puddy, Monte George Defenders Glenn Belezika, Ryan Brett, James Clarke, Brian Dutton (Cap), Callum Hart, Luke Ruddick, Glenn Wilson, Midfield Alan McDonald, Clovis Kamdjo, Elliott Frear, Chris McPhee, Stuart Sinclair, Rob Sinclair, Ricky Wellard, Forwards Warren Feeney, Dan Fitchett, Theo Lewis, Jamie White, Ben Wright,
Posted on September 5, 2013, in Match Previews, The Form of The Foe and tagged Aldershot Town, FC Halifax, Lincoln City V Salisbury City, Oldham Athletic, Reading FC. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.