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Newport IOW 0-3 Salisbury City
Whites: Puddy, Clarke, Dutton (c), Hart, Brett, Lewis (Preen 81), Clark (Giles 70), McPhee, Sinclair, White (Matthews 65), Fitchett
Subs not used: Scott, D Clarke, Udoji, Baggridge
Scorers: McPhee (16, 32) White (41)
CONFERENCE SOUTH leaders Salisbury City eased into the next qualifying round of the FA Cup with a comprehensive victory on the Isle of Wight.
Chris McPhee marked the Whites’ return to St George’s Park in more than eight years with a two-goal brace inside 32 minutes.
And inform Jamie White struck a third from inside the area, four minutes before the half-time whistle, which sparked City’s return to the famous competition on a good note.
Boss Darrell Clarke had no intention of underestimating the Wessex Premier league side, reflected in his strong XI.
Brian Dutton returned to his captaincy role and Stuart Sinclair served his three-match suspension to lead the way in midfield.
In a bumpy opening exchanges, Sinclair delivered an inviting corner, which McPhee nodded tamely into the gloves of Gary Streeter.
But when the two combined again from the corner spot, the Whites’ opening FA Cup goal landed after 16 minutes – courtesy of McPhee releasing a stinging strike into the top corner.
The visitors then picked up the momentum gained at last week’s win at Hayes and started to command.
White and Ryan Brett tested Streeter but it was Sinclair and McPhee who mastered the second of the afternoon within 32 minutes.
Sinclair teased the Newport defence with his trickery and sent over a looping cross which McPhee neatly dispatched home with a potent header.
Salisbury came pouring forward again, this time McPhee was denied the perfect hat trick after his in-swinging effort was hooked off the line by Ollie Fleming.
The third was on its way and it came four minutes before the break from prolific hitman White, who grabbed his eighth goal in nine games from twisting the ball home on a well-executed turn.
The pace settled down in the second-half and although Iain Seabrook’s cross beckoned a touch at the far post, their hopes of causing an FA Cup upset were dashed.
Sinclair continued as Salisbury’s playmaker and nearly grabbed a goal himself after he unleashed a fire-cracker, but Streeter was equal to it, and then moments later he struck the woodwork with a cheeky chip.
City should have rounded off a convincing win with a fourth, but McPhee’s pullback for substitute Robbie Matthews who had an open goal, instead tapped the post.
The hosts maintained spirited and nearly ended their FA Cup with a late concilation. Willem Puddy fumbled James Butt’s cross, and Maris Augustus was first to pounce, but he failed to jab home.
Whites will find out who they face in the next round tomorrow afternoon.