SALISBURY FC midfielder Sam Roberts has said that the team has “really started to gel” following the Whites emphatic 8-0 win over Shortwood United.

Roberts scored his first goal of the season at the weekend in the thrashing of Shortwood, as the Whites moved up to fourth in the table with ten points.

The 22-year-old told JournalSport that the win has given the team some confidence and added: “Saturday’s performance has definitely given us some confidence as we’re really starting to gel as a team.

“We definitely feel confident of getting a little run together.”

The midfielder, who has only started three of Salisbury’s seven games this season because of injury, said he was pleased to score his first goal of the season but hasn’t set himself any personal goal targets: “Goals are definitely something I need to add to my game and if I can contribute to the goals a bit more this season I’ll be very happy.”

He also said he is now fully fit and ready to show what he can do, adding: “Hopefully my injuries are behind me now and I can get a good run of games in the side and show what I can do.

“I feel like I’m getting stronger and fitter every game, which is key.”

The Whites next game is at the Ray Mac against Poole Town in the FA Cup second qualifying round on Saturday and Roberts has said his side have a great chance of winning.

“The Poole game is massive for us,” he said. “I think we’ve got a real chance of winning the game if we take our chances and stay compact as a team.”

Roberts added that playing at the Ray Mac can give them the edge. He said: “We definitely feel playing at home gives us that advantage. With the pitch being the way it is, it allows us to get the ball down and play the way we like to.”