SALISBURY FC will face Merstham at home in the second qualifying round of the FA Trophy on November 10.

This is their reward for a 3-0 win at Fleet Town in same competition on Saturday.

Merstham play at the same level as the Whites, but in the Isthmian League Premier Division and are currently 14th in the table.

Salisbury victory at Fleet came thanks to goals from Lewis Benson, Luke Hooper and Pablo Haysham as they made it seven wins in a row.

It was a game which lacked real quality, due to difficult playing conditions as much as anything else, with the pitch on a slope, as well ditches and bobbles that made a passing game tricky.

The Whites never looked in danger of losing the match and took the lead after just 17 minutes.

Benson, in charge of sending in a free kick several yards outside the area, obliged with a high looping cross towards goal that ended up beating everybody and nestling in the far corner of the net.

The only other incident of note saw Salisbury keeper Hillson, in only his second appearance, scuppered by the pitch, as an unfortunate bounce meant the ball hitting Hillson on the hand.

The linesman flagged it, and a yellow was shown, but nothing came of the resulting free kick.

The remainder of the first half came and went without any significant threat to the Salisbury goal, and 10 minutes after the break, the game was effectively sealed as the Fleet goalkeeper brought down Luke Hopper inside the area, and the referee awarding a penalty.

The Whites striker himself got up and converted his third penalty of the season, low to the keeper’s right, bringing his tally for the season so far to eight.

The moment of the match came on 76 minutes, with substitute Haysham getting in on the act. Downing played the ball down the line, with an excellent dummy from Hopper allowing Kotwica to collect. Bearing down on goal, Kotwica unselfishly squared for Haysham to finish the job.

After the game, manager Steve Claridge said: “Fleet were much better than their league position suggests and have won three games on the trot, so we still had to play to a certain level, and we did.

“It was never going to be an easy game.”

"I am very happy with a home draw as that is all we can ask for at this stage of the competition."