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Salisbury City 1 Eastbourne Borough 0
Blue Square Bet South
Whites: Puddy, Udoji, Dutton (c) (Preen, 75), Hart, J. Clarke, Lewis, McPhee, Clark (Matthews, 60), Brett, White, Fitchett.
Subs (not used): Scott (gk), Baggridge, D. Clarke.
Scorer: White (84).
A DRAMATIC late winner from Jamie White ensured Salisbury City stayed in control at the summit of Conference South.
The Whites maintained their 100 per cent record at the Ray Mac after White planted home a rebounded effort in the 84th minute, which eventually shrugged off Eastbourne Boro during a frustrating afternoon.
Former City boss Tommy Widdrington made life difficult for the leaders as his disciplined unit cut out Dan Fitchett’s early efforts.
And even an array of second-half chances from Theo Lewis, White and Fitchett couldn’t get past the trusty palms of Boro keeper Danny Potter.
But the introduction of Robbie Matthews – who has recently recovered from injury - was hugely profitable as he set up the winning goal.
He placed White through on goal and although Potter blocked his first attempt, White fired home the rebound to grab his fifth goal of the season.
Boss Darrell Clarke said he was delighted to register another three points during a rather irritating game of football.
“I’m just pleased to have got the result we wanted in the end,” he said.
“It was an incredibly frustrating afternoon and we need to keep on progressing and improving.
“We made a similar start to the season last year but although we’re at the top, we must carry on taking each game as it comes.”
New boy Garyn Preen, who has signed on a non-contract basis, was given a run out towards the end and Clarke admitted he was impressed with the former Saints striker.
“He did well when he came on. Garyn is working really hard to try earn himself a full-time contract at the club,” said the boss.
City head to London on Saturday where they take on high-flying Hayes & Yeading United (3pm).
Clarke added: “They’ve made a solid start to the season and are a strong team.
“It’s going to be tough but I’m looking forward to it.”