Salisbury 2-1 Harrow Borough
Salisbury FC battled hard for their first win of the season at the Ray Mac this afternoon.
There were nerves towards the end of the game and a fine save from Marcus Beauchamp ensured that Steve Clarriage’s men kept all three points.
The game was a battle and a well organised Harrow Borough side proved a stubborn test for Salisbury. The away side often played as a well organised team but didn’t create a huge amount of opportunities.
Harrow Borough took an early lead through a stunning strike from Imran Uche in the 7th Minute. The ball dropped on the edge of the box and the sweet strike sailed past Beauchamp in the Salisbury goal into the top left-hand corner.
Salisbury had chances, good ones too, but were unable to take them. Odubade and Diaz causing problems from the wide areas.
The best chance of the half fell to Sam Ashton. The ball dropped to him in the box in the 4th minute. His shot was weak from around 8 yards out and the Harrow keeper, Las was able to save.
Odubade got involved when the ball fell to him in the box. Marvin Brooks got up well to challenge from a cross and the ball fell kindly to the feet of the wide man. His control let him down though and the ball trickled out of play.
Harrow were still held a threat. Keita did well to hold the ball up on the edge of the box, playing a cute ball around the corner but Marc Charles-Smith dragged his shot wide of the upright.
Salisbury drew level after 41 minutes. Diaz dribbled from wide left towards the edge of the box and was pulled down by a lunging challenge. Referee, Samuel Fudge, adjudged that the foul was inside the box. Charlie Davis stepped up to take the penalty and slotted the ball beyond the diving Las into the bottom right-hand corner.
Salisbury pushed for a second. Ollie Knowles played a well-weighted pass into the path of Odubade, the Harrow keeper did well to come out and block low.
The resulting corner was cleared and Harrow went on a quick break. Ollie Knowles was shown a yellow card for a strong challenge trying to break up the attack.
Odubade was the threat as the game went into added time at the end of the first half. Again getting in down the right. Las did well to get down low and get a strong hand to Odubade’s low shot.
The teams went in level, 1-1 at half time.
Salisbury started the second half brightly but the first clear cut chance fell the way of Harrow. The away side drilled a corner into the box, but the header was weak and bounced wide.
Salisbury took control for the next 20 minutes and created chances.
In the 63rd minute, some good approach play saw Odubade put the ball low across the box but Sam Ashton wasn’t able to finish.
Harrow were never really able to clear and a good run down the right, again from Odubade, saw him hit a low shot which went into the net off the left-hand upright.
Salisbury were looking for their 3rd. Great work down the left-hand side by Josh Sommerton and Antonio Diaz. A one-two put Sommerton into the box and he battled through a challenge and pulled the ball back for Mullings who was unable to get his snapshot on target, it went a yard wide on 65 minutes.
Sam Ashton had a great chance to make it three on 69 minutes. Salisbury broke down the right and a ball from Odubade put Ashton through one on one. He dragged the ball back and cut inside as a defender got back to challenge , but was unable to beat Las who did well to beat the ball away.
Diaz got in on the action. Again it was Odubade who caused problems on 70 minutes. His ball inside found Diaz but the Salisbury wide man could only shoot straight at Las.
The game descended into an attritional battle with only half chances created until on the 88th minute the ball broke for Harrow down the right after a tangle on the touch line. Moore drove into the box, but his shot was beaten away by Beauchamp, preserving Salisbury’s slender lead.
Harrow Borough continued to push for the equaliser and despite some nervous moments and defending, Salisbury held on for the win in front of a crowd of 457