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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Salisbury City

Salisbury City 2 Cambridge City 0
Nationwide Conference South
The Raymond McEnhill Stadium, Old Sarum, Salisbury, Wiltshire

Salisbury CityOne of a number of worthy projects to celebrate the new millennium was the provision of architectural lighting at many of the country’s rural churches. At the time Extreme Groundhopping headquarters was in the West Suffolk village of Chevingopolis and the local church was one of the beneficiaries, thus providing a splendid nighttime view to the rear of our humble abode, which faced the church and church yard. Given the relative remotest of the location, and the limited amount of other unnatural light in the evenings, the church appears to hang all ethereal like in the air as if suspended from some invisible heavenly filament. The point of all that is that as you approach Salisbury from the South East (and I would imagine its pretty much the same from any direction) that is the impression that the City's Cathedral gives, but on a much grander scale than the humble All Saints of Chevingopolis.

A couple of miles to the north of Salisbury is the Raymond McEnhill Stadium. A relatively new affair, this is a tidy ground with covered terracing behind one goal and in one corner and seating for 200 or so along the adjacent touchline. There is a large Club House block behind the seats whose first floor bar extends out onto a balcony giving an elevated view of the action on the pitch below. Behind the other goal and touchline are grass banks which will allow for future development of the ground should the "Whites" progress upward through the non-league pyramid.

I've not watched a huge amount of football at this level but what I have seen has been pretty decent and tonight was no different offering as it did a good hour and a half's entertainment. The standout player of the evening was the visitors Spanish born goalkeeper Edgar Mercade who came on as substitute ten minutes into the second half. The starting keeper Danny Naisbitt had just been red carded for upending Salisbury forward Matt Tubbs. Tubbs had made a meal of the challenge as he charged into the box and justice was done when he clipped the outside of the post from the resulting penalty. Already a goal down - Wayne Turk had put the home side ahead ten minutes before the interval - Cambridge rarely looked like getting back into the game but Mercade certainly prevented them from going further behind with a string of top draw saves. But it was as he joined his colleagues at the far end for a corner deep into added time that Salisbury finally put the result beyound any doubt. Robbie Matthews won the ball in his own area, and with the Cambridge goal unprotected, raced the length of the field, with the visitors chasing like Keystone Cops after him, to net the second and final goal of the night.

Match Number: 1350

posted by chevblue at 9:26 pm






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