With 2 the previous 3 games between these two sides ending in 2v2 draws, a even contest looked inevitable. The pompy side started strong and took an early lead through Mason with his first of two strikes. The first period ended 1 v 1 when ex Portsmouth player Jaden Medcraff found the net. Into the 2nd and 3rd periods the Whites really got into there stride going forward at least. However it was that man mason that again struck to give the visitors a 1 v 2 lead. Not to be outdone, Medcraff struck again to give the tie a very familiar 2 v 2 score line. However before the end of the 2nd period Sanfeliu scored on his debut to give the whites a 3 v 2 lead.
In the 3rd period it was the hosts that piled on the pressure and extended the lead to 5 v 2. First of all another ex pompy player, Alfie Mepham delivered yet another pin point set piece that left the impressive Kelsall in the visitors goal in no man's land. it was one of those that a keeper simply can't sell himself by coming out. The shot come cross ended up finding the bottom corner. Then the impressive Jack Eagles on the right wing showed he is returning to full fitness and speed when for the umpteen time he got behind his full back and raced into the area before being clipped and brought down in the box. On a hatrick against his old club, no one was going to stop Jaden from taking the resulting spot kick. He kept his cool to slot in to the bottom right corner.
Perhaps the home team can be slightly let off for thinking at 5 v 2 it was game over, but no one told the Portsmouth side that. And the final quarter was pretty much all one way traffic as they bombarded the home penalty area. Tommy Charlwood pulled one back to make it 5 v 3. That's how it ended with Salisbury seeing the game in the end to ensure they picked up there first 3 points of the season.
A tough competitive game as they always are between these two sides, some good football played by both sets of players on what was not an ideal playing surface to say the least.
|1||Thomas Brooker (GK)|
|13||Damian Kelsall (GK)|