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Salisbury go down at Davids' Barnet
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A DISASTROUS couple of minutes saw Salisbury City’s eight match unbeaten run come to a halt at the hands of Edgar Davids’ Barnet – suffering their first defeat in more than six weeks.
The Whites were on course for their third straight away win as they stayed in front for 72 minutes - through loan striker Dan Fitchett poking home Elliott Frear’s speedy free-kick in the seventh minute. But clumsy marking from set-pieces cost them dearly again, this time on the 3G pitch at the new Hive complex.
An uncleared corner allowed Ahmed Abdulla to freely nod home at the far post for the equaliser.
Then, a minute later Salisbury, under the cosh, fell behind to Andy Yiadom’s speedy low drive on the right wing.
With the game turned on its head, Salisbury were left with little alternative but to throw men forward. Former Barnet star Clovis Kamdjo came on in midfield and came close to getting a touch on Stuart Sinclair’s dinking lob but it was out of his reach.
Skipper Glenn Wilson joined the attacking contingency late on - lining up against player-manager Davids in centre-half - but was feeding off scraps. Angus MacDonald had a crack on goal with a long-range effort but it swerved over the top.
The next goal was crucial and frustratingly for Salisbury they were on the receiving end late on, failing to deal with another set-piece.
Keanu Marsh-Brown’s curler took a nasty deflection, leaving Will Puddy wrong-footed, and landed in the top corner to finish the job and end their five-match without a win draught.
Deflated Salisbury boss Mikey Harris said he was left very “disappointed” with the manner of the defeat.
“For 67 minutes they didn’t cause us any problems and the game-plan was working,” he told the Journal.
“If we had dealt with that corner I believe we would have gone on to win the game, it’s as simple as that. Everything was working then disappointingly we conceded from a set-piece. We have to be ruthless and disciplined when dealing with set-pieces and we didn’t do that. We should have seen it through. When we get back to the training ground we will address it.”
“We didn’t get too carried away when we were winning games so I’m not going to get carried away with one defeat.
Salisbury host Wrexham on Saturday (3pm).
For a full report and reaction, from Dutch star Davids and Salisbury’s sole scorer Fitchett, don’t miss Thursday’s Journal.
Salisbury: Puddy, MacDonald, Wilson (c), Clarke, Ruddick (Brett, 19), Wellard (Thomson, 63), Lewis (Kamdjo, 50), S.Sinclair, McPhee, Frear, Fitchett.
Subs not used: Wright, Feeney.
Scorer: Fitchett (7).