Skipper Tom Morton "relieved" to end bad run

Salisbury Journal: Skipper Morton "relieved" to end bad run Skipper Morton "relieved" to end bad run

SALISBURY’S barren two-month run without a South League Hampshire/Surrey Regional Division 2 win is over.

A 6-3 victory against Sunbury & Walton Heath, in which five of the goals came in the second half, edged the city side off the league basement, one point above Romsey, who lost 3-1 at Old Kingstonian.

Skipper Tom Morton, who scored one of the goals, described Salisbury’s win as “an enormous relief”.

“It was our first win since the opening game of the season. It shows the importance of having a full squad available and a strong subs bench.

“We still have a lot of work to do but this was an excellent performance in both effort and quality.

“We have two more games before the Christmas break and we could really do with two more wins at Haslemere and against the Bank of England,” he said.

Salisbury came from behind for their win – Rory McTaggart converting a penalty corner from a trademark drag flick to cancel out Sunbury’s opener.

When Morton put Salisbury in front, Sunbury cracked – the city side scoring three goals in quick succession through James Hayward, Jon Powell and Ollie Budniak.

Sunbury got one back and then cut Salisbury’s lead to 5-3, but a slick counter-attack culminated in Nick Easterbrook scoring a sixth and securing the points with only minutes left.

SALISBURY Striders bounced back from last week’s defeat by thumping Winchester Men’s Vets seconds 4-1 to go second in Wessex Masters League Division 1.

THE under 16 boys won a dramatic shootout to reach the second round of the Ashman Cup.

Three-goal hero Hector Lyons gave the hosts a 3-1 lead over Yateley at the break but it didn’t finish that way.

Complacency cost them in the second half going behind 3-5, before Hector clawed one back, then Charlie Cox-Martin equalised to take the game to penalty flicks, which Salisbury won 3-0.

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