SALISBURY'S pre-season got off to a winning start on Saturday, with a narrow victory over visiting Reading under-23s.

The 1-0 win came courtesy of a late Danny Young goal, who only recently committed himself to the club for the upcoming season.

The Whites gave 18 players a run-out in the fixture, including new signings Ollie Knowles, Warren Bentley and Gerard Benfield, as well as trialists Dave Gerrard, Nuno Felix, Christian Rowe, Albie Hopkins and Owen Taylor.

As for the visitors, they fielded 23 players, making 12 substitutions throughout the game.

The game looked like it was heading for a draw, with relatively few chances of real quality for either side throughout the match.

A free kick for the Whites in the eighth minute was in a very good position just outside the box, but Benson hit his effort straight into the feet of the wall.

New signing Gerard also had a decent opportunity after a quarter of an hour, when Mullings collected a long ball and laid it off for his team mate, but the midfielders effort rolled off his shin and wide of the post.

For Reading, number nine Liddle should've done better with a volley just before half time, sending a volley sky-high from just outside the six yard box.

Salisbury should’ve scored early in the second half with a ball from the left across the face of goal, only for two players to collide going for the ball, including Dawson who got injured for good measure.

The deadlock was broken in the 84th minute, Danny Young scoring to give the Whites the win.

Salisbury closed out the game with 10 men after Rayfield went off injured.

Reading had two excellent last-minute chances to equalise – a beautifully lofted ball into the box for an unmarked Osorio - but he couldn’t make contact with the header.

Tektek and Osorio then combined well outside the Salisbury box to orchestrate a chance which went over the bar, but the referee pulled it back for a free kick right on the edge of the Salisbury box.

With the last kick of the game, centre of the pitch and around 19 yards out, Coleman could not convert, and the home side took the win.