GAMES don’t get much bigger than a playoff final and striker Justin Bennett should be back in the frame to face Tiverton following his hamstring injury and said “it’ll be a case of playing through a bit of pain.”
Elliot Wheeler, who was taken to hospital during the Evesham game and had nine stiches in his ankle, may also be available for the Whites this afternoon, but Tom Whelan misses out following his injury at Bideford.
Tiverton Town finished just one point behind Salisbury in the league and they comfortably beat Taunton Town on Wednesday and manager Steve Claridge is pleased to be playing at home rather than away.
He said: “We knew that we couldn’t go down to Tiverton and play on that pitch.”
Adding: “This is where the final should be played, on a decent surface on a level playing field that good players can play on.”
Top-goal scorer Tommy Wright also believes that playing at home is better for the side he said: “Having the game at home, we will be able to play our normal game.
“If we played the game away it would have had to play the ball in the air, as Tiverton’s pitch is not very good.”
Claridge also spoke about the potential dangers Tiverton can throw at Salisbury and said: “We know that Tiverton are a good side the way that they play they haven’t got too many weaknesses.
“There are big and they are strong and they’ve got a real good player upfront who can cause you big problems we have to be weary of that.”
Salisbury have lost to the Devon side twice already this season and will be hoping not to make it a third, but Bennett told JournalSport: “Confidence is high after coming through Wednesday night.
“It will be a tough game, but at home we feel that we can beat anyone.”
Also speaking about his injury he said: “My hamstring is feeling stronger.
“It’s just a case of playing through a bit of pain, but I have to give it a go for the final push.”
There were nearly 1,400 at the game on Wednesday night and Bennett believes that the crowd can make a massive difference he said: “If they are as loud as Wednesday it will be a massive advantage for us.”
Wright said the fans made the difference on Wednesday night and believes they can do the same on Monday they will win and said: “I don’t think we would have kept going if it wasn’t for the supporters.
“If we get the same again on Monday I’m sure we will win.”