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Unbeaten Records on the Line

SALISBURY are the visitors to the Ian Moorcroft Stadium on Wednesday as Martyn Rogers’ men seek to extend their unbeaten home league start to four games.

The Yellows began the new Pitching In Southern League Premier Division South season with a stunning 2-2 comeback draw against Basingstoke at the IMS before a Niall Thompson-inspired 5-3 home victory over Didcot.

Another dramatic draw 2-2 against Devon rivals Plymouth Parkway on Late August Bank Holiday Monday took Town’s goal tally to nine goals in three home matches.

Salisbury sit just inside the promotion places after eight matches of the new season, having started the campaign unbeaten in all competitions. They have conceded just one league goal in three league games on the road, drawing 0-0 at Hendon and 1-1 at Winchester, having beaten AFC Totton 2-0 in their first away match.

They come to the IMS on the back of two narrow home wins, pipping Bridgwater to the second qualifying round of the Emirates FA Cup 3-2 before most recently edging out previously unbeaten Walton & Hersham 1-0 in the league.

The Whites won the game with a strike of real quality in the final ten minutes. Great link-up down the right-hand side between Aaron Simpson and Devon Arnold saw the ball cut back to Simpson to sweep the ball home for the game’s only goal.

Salisbury manager Brian Dutton has praised his side after coming through a busy beginning to the new campaign.

“We’ve got a small squad, only 16 players,” he said. “There’s a few walking wounded after the demanding schedule we’ve had, but I’m pleased with the start we have made to the season overall.”

His Yellows counterpart, although disappointed to see his side lose on Bracknell’s all-weather surface on Saturday, took some comfort from the team’s performance in the 3-0 defeat.

“On the day, Bracknell were good and were better than us,” said Martyn. “However, we were not a million miles away from them, which is encouraging.”

The two teams last met in February this year, when Thompson scored the only goal of the game at the Whites’ Raymond McEnhill Stadium.

Tiverton are waiting on a fitness update on midfielder River Allen, who missed the weekend trip to Berkshire after suffering concussion in the previous week’s FA Cup against Wimborne.

Wednesday’s match kicks off at 7.45pm.

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