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Harris calls out for more home support
BEWILDERED Mikey Harris is urging more fans to flock through the turnstiles at Old Sarum as his Salisbury City boasts a terrific home record.
The Whites have bagged ten out of 14 Skrill Premier wins on home turf.
But those victories haven’t attracted hordes of fans, as hoped, averaging between 800- 900 supporters, despite the City club edging towards the play-off places.
February sees Nuneaton Town – with kids going for a pound as part of a one-off deal – high-flying Alfreton Town, Woking and title-chasing Cambridge United visit the Ray Mac, and Harris hopes these upcoming matches will generate a mass interest.
“We used to average over 1,000 when we were last in the Conference Premier and I think we’re challenging at the right end of the table.
“We normally play exciting and attacking football. The game before Dartford was Barnet and that was a fantastic game of football to watch. I don’t think you could get a more entertaining game, it had everything.
“There were 1,300 for that and to drop that by 500 is very disappointing.
I’d just urge everyone out there to get behind the lads and the club.
I’ve got a few ideas myself on how we can boost gates and that’s something we’ll talk about soon. I’m striving to improve the gates and I’m sure people who come here, watch a good game of football and will want to come back.”
The tumble in attendances, not only affects the atmosphere but has a knock-oneffect in Harris’s budget, restricting him from making any signings in the January transfer window.
The only movement has come outwards with youngster Tyler Harvey heading back to parent club Plymouth Argyle.
H e added: “No one’s coming in at this present moment in time.”
“I wasn’t impressed with Saturday’s attendance. I think with the position we are in we should be getting more than 1,000 people coming to watch.
I’ve said before, and will say again, that affects my budget and the ability to bring players in. And if we’re not getting enough people through the turnstiles, it’s a problem.
“Let’s face it, the win against Dartford was our tenth home win, out of 14 games, which is a fantastic record at any level.
“For me, when we’re challenging in the top ten, with a sniff of a play-off chance with our games in hand, I’d hope we’d get more than 850 people.
“I won’t be able to bring anyone in with the crowds we’re getting as we don’t have the income.
“I won’t let the club get into the position it was in before, under my stewardship.”