SALISBURY FC returned from South Wales with an excellent three points after winning at play-off rivals Merthyr Town.

As the game was played on 3G, Whites boss Steve Claridge had to reshuffle his squad for the game.

The home side fifth in the Southern League Premier South table two places below Salisbury when the game started, had the first chance as James Hillson was called into action to deny Ashley Evans.

Salisbury's best chance of the opening 45 minutes came from Lewis Benson with his shot being pushed over.

The Whites took just four minutes after the interval, to open the scoring thanks to a great solo goal from Tom Whelan.

Merthyr replied as Ian Traylor tested Hillson from distance.

Matt Partridge then tried to lob the home goalkeeper, but he effort went over the bar.

The home side came their closest yet to an equaliser, as Charlie Rayfield was force to clear off the line.

It proved to be a great let off as soon after, Salisbury made it 2-0 as recent signing Jack Sparkes scored with a great free-kick, with five minutes left.

The home side did managed to get on the scoresheet four minutes into added on time from Lee Lucas, but they were unable to deny the Whites a win.

The victory was the perfect tonic ahead of tomorrow night's home FA Trophy first round clash with Braintree.