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Salisbury City 2-0 Hyde
SALISBURY City moved into fourth in Skrill Premier and extended their unbeaten run to eight games as two goals in the last ten minutes was enough to shrug off rock-bottom Hyde on Tuesday.
After copious chances went begging for the Whites, the breakthrough came in the 80th minute through a spot kick – almost a repeat of Saturday’s situation at Nuneaton.
Dan Fitchett was the man who was tripped by Will Haining in the area and the referee had no doubt in his mind, just pointed hastily to the spot.
Ben Wright, a second half sub, remained calm and despatched his penalty.
The visitors, yet to win in Conference Premier, attacked a few times with front-running Scott Spencer proving to be a handful and debutant Martin Devaney looking sharp, but the semi-professional players eventually run out of steam.
And they were punished on the counter as Elliott Frear’s looping cross was poked home at the far post by Chris McPhee for his second of the season.
McPhee could have collected the match ball if his first half strikes didn’t clip the upright.
He first came close in the 10th minute when, on the swivel, he struck at the post and Fitchett was there to stab home the rebound, but it was ruled out for offside.
Twenty minutes later McPhee was denied again from a Luke Ruddick delivery.
Before that, Clovis Kamdjo made a vital interception in the middle of pitch and sent Fitchett through a gaping hole but his effort lacked venom and was collected by keeper Nick Liversedge.
After a goalless first half, the Whites remained firmly in control after the break, with Ryan Brett, the only change to Saturday replacing Glenn Belezika who has returned to Oldham, put in a teasing cross for Theo Lewis who headed wide.
Salisbury: Puddy, Ruddick, Clarke, Wilson (c), Brett, Kamdjo, McPhee (Feeney, 92), Lewis (Wright, 60), S.Sinclair, Frear, Fitchett (Wellard, 88).
Subs not used: Thomson, Dutton.
Scorers: Wright (pen 80), McPhee (89).
Referee: Colin Lymer (Old Basing)