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Salisbury City 3-1 FC Halifax Town
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IMPROVING Salisbury City stretched their unbeaten run to three games as they coasted past nine-man FC Halifax Town in Skrill Premier.
Ten minutes after Elliott Frear netted the opener, Halifax’s afternoon at the Ray Mac was torn apart, with the return of their opening day horror show at Cambridge coming back to haunt them.
Kevin Holsgrove was the first culprit the referee flashed the red card at for lashing out at Glenn Wilson and then, Josh Wilson, foolishly followed in his footsteps, threatening to head-butt the Salisbury skipper.
Nine-man Halifax had their chances early on in the second half to cancel out Salisbury’s slender lead, but the extra two men proved too fruitful as Salisbury went on to fire two more home, ruling out the visitors’ late consolation.
Salisbury boss Mikey Harris told the Journal: “I’m absolutely delighted with the win against a team in form.”
“We scored three excellent goals as well. I’m so pleased with the way the team have responded to the disappointment of our first three defeats.
“We’ve learnt from our mistakes but I think the lads are annoyed they didn’t get a clean sheet.
“I don’t mean to sound like Arsène Wenger but I didn’t see the sending offs.
“No matter how many men you are playing against, you are there to win a football match and that’s what we did.
“In a way, the sending offs are a lose-lose situation as everyone expects you to go on and win the game, but football is not always like that.”
More reaction from Harris and a match report in Thursday's paper.
Salisbury City: Puddy, Belezika (Brett, 57), Clarke, Wilson (c), Ruddick, Kamdjo, Wellard, McPhee, R.Sinclair (Thomson, 84,), Frear, Fitchett, (Wright, 70).
Subs not used: Hart, MacDonald.
Scorers: Frear (21), Ruddick (67) Wright (80).