Salisbury FC continued their unbeaten start to the season with a comfortable win away at Hartley Wintney.
A goal in each half was enough to bring all three points back to the Ray Mac as The Whites keep pace with the leaders at the top of the Southern League Premier South.
The first half saw some good committed play from both sides. Salisbury created the first real chance of the game just inside the 10-minute mark as Antonio Diaz cust inside but sent his right-footed shot over the bar.
Salisbury were at it again after 25 minutes, when a short corner routine found Lewis Benson. His fierce drive was blocked.
There were chances at both ends as Hartley Wintney also threatened, Darren Mullings, showing great timing to block Mitchell Parker’s back-post effort.
As half time approached, Salisbury took the lead. Charlie Kennedy broke the defending with a telling through ball which Diaz latched on to, finishing low beyond the keeper to give Salisbury the lead at half time.
The game continued in a similar vein after the internal with a good midfield battle. Steve Clarrage made changes early in the second half and this paid quick reward.
Harry Baker and Vaughn Covil replacing Benson and Fitchett. It was Baker who got Salisbury’s second of the game. A superb Marvin Brooks ball into the danger area, Covil then teeing up Baker with the finish.
Hartley Wintney have fight though and fought back. They have tenacity in the side as they demonstrated earlier in the week with an impressive comeback against Barking in the FA Cup.
Salisbury held firm though and created chances of their own as they saw the game out 2-0.
The result leaves Salisbury 5th in the league table 4 points from first placed Tiverton Town with the Whites having a game in hand.