Match Data 2000/2001


Salisbury City 2
Havant & Waterlooville 2

Southern League Cup - Tue Nov 14, 2000

HawksSalisbury City
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Paul Nicholls
Lee Waterman
Ben Price
Shaun Gale (Daish, 46)
Alec Masson
Aaron Cook (Disney, 89)
Matt Jones
Neil Champion
David Leworthy
James Taylor (Anstey, 76)
Dean Blake

Substitutes
Liam Daish
Lee Disney
Craig Anstey

Goals


Hawks
Jones (35)
Blake (90)

Salisbury City

Att: 192
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I have to say I was a bit disconcerted looking at the team sheet for the game, sitting in Salisbury’s stand and watching the players warm up. I know this Saturday’s FA Cup game is probably the biggest game in the club’s history, depending on how you view these things, but having proved last season we can go the distance in this cup the decision to leave several key players out of the squad seemed a bit presumptuous to me. Never the less, it is for moments like this that we now have a large squad of competent players and from the off my fears were allayed as we started the game playing some delightfully entertaining football. With superb communication between the players we were moving the ball about the pitch with the sort of dexterity displayed in the opening games of the season, not missing the likes of MacDonald, Wood or Hambley at all. Crosses from midfield arrived thick and fast, Cook, Masson and Waterman all pinpointing the centre of the box from far out with high balls. Super Jim on the end of them though was frequently outnumbered.

Salisbury too were making the most of the game, missing several key players themselves through injury, but testing Nicholls with any opportunity. Matt Jones came closest for us first with a shot from midfield ignored completely by Shuttlewood in goal, the ball bouncing straight back off the post. Exchanges continued, the game at times extremely fast paced with end to end action, but it was Matt Jones who deservedly opened the scoring in the 35th minute heading an Aaron Cook corner straight into the goal. Jimmy Smith though managed an equaliser for the Whites after several failed attempts from the box just before half time.


With Daish on for Gale at half time it looked that Liam wanted to run the show himself, making several long charges forward. Perhaps realising they had given us too much space during the first half Salisbury began to close ranks and stepped up a gear, going ahead in the 47th minute. Sean Sanders turned the ball on the edge of a crowded penalty box and shot straight down the side of the goal, Nicholls’s view obscured by the players in front of him.


With Salisbury ahead the buoyancy of the first half was further dampened as Waterman was dismissed is the 61st minute for tackling Adam Holbrook from behind. Holbrook, who played for us on loan at the end of last season, signed for Salisbury only last week from Portsmouth.


Despite the bleak outlook we hung on well, taking the game to Salisbury still. After Anstey came on for Taylor leaving Leworthy alone at the front, it looked that we seemed to be more trying to stop Salisbury scoring again than trying to equalise. The defensive tactics worked. City had few attempts at goal from then on and as we stepped up to take a corner in the 91st minute I felt that we deserved every chance to take the game to Extra Time. Daish headed wide though, but three minutes later amid cries of complaint from the home fans for the whistle the Referee awarded us a free kick straight in front of goal on the edge of the area. Dean Blake took the kick, curled it over the wall and put the ball straight in the back of the net. The ball looked to me to have gone wide, and it was only when the teams jogged back to line up that I realised the impossible had occurred and the score was 2-2.


The Referee blew almost immediately and with Disney on for Cook it looked that we’d move back to some more attacking football. Several chances failed as mist began to descend on the pitch, Lee Disney just not quite managing to control a Leworthy cross across the face of goal and Nicholls punching away a good overhead kick at the other end.


During the second period the mist thickened, I eventually lost sight of the corner flags from my position in the middle of the stand, but the Ref thankfully played on and as the two teams began to tire and cramp set in penalties started to loom. I have to say we did extremely well to play an hour with ten men and level the score during that time. Salisbury (I believe, the programme contained every statistic under the sun except actual match results) were unbeaten at home in any competition until last night and as the fans amalgamated behind the terraced end goal for the finale I wondered if Nicholls would prove again to be our saviour.


Such was the case. With Taylor, Wood, Hambley and O’Rourke not on the pitch I hadn’t a clue who would be taking penalties for us but it was Price who stepped up to take our first shot. He put the ball over the bar. Nicholls though saved City’s first attempt with ease. Champion took our second, and scored, revving the H & Dub behind the goal into a frenzy, but Tyronne Bowers sent Nicholls the wrong way to draw level. Anstey scored our third, saluting the fans. Nicholls then saved Corcoran’s attempt to put us ahead 1-2, but Shuttlewood saved Dean Blake’s shot. Jimmy Smith scored for the Whites to make it 2-2 and Sudden Death stared us in the face. Daish stepped up and netted our fifth, almost inciting a riot in the home crowd, and Nicholls then stretched to grasp Martin Shepherd’s attempt. We rejoiced. Amid several hundred City supporters who felt they’d been robbed by our 94th minute equaliser the band of happy H & Dub left the ground singing the praises of the team, elated that we’d snatched a victory from what looked an hour previously to be an almost certain defeat.