SALISBURY are through to the third qualifying round of the FA Trophy after an excellent 2-1 victory against Kings Langley.

This earned them a home tie on Saturday, November 23 against either Hayes and Yeading or Soham Town Rangers.

Salisbury are now unbeaten in their last nine games, put in a performance of many positives, despite having 10 men for the final half an hour.

Kings Langley started the better side, and Mitchell Weiss in particular was causing the home side problems on the left-hand side.

Salisbury manager Steve Claridge would have been pleased to see his side survive the early passages of the game without conceding a goal, a problem his side have had frequently.

Captain Aaron Dawson was excellent in the middle of the park, as was Toby Holmes up front, who put his side into the lead just before the half hour mark.

Good work on the right from Shaquille Hippolyte-Patrick, escaping the full back and pulled the ball back to Holmes who made no mistake from around 10 yards out.

Salisbury continued to improve as the half went on. Sommerton, not in his customary left back position but further forward on the wing, was struggling, but almost set up Bentley for a second. The Whites’ lead lasted about 10 minutes, as Weiss level.

Alex Lafleur was the victim of the Sommerton-on-the-wing-experiment, which did not go quite as Claridge would’ve hoped. Lafleur was replaced by Danny Young at half time, with Sommerton moving to left back and Young on the wing.

It turned out to be an excellent and positive substitution, with both Sommerton and Young effective in their preferred positions.

Man-of-the-match Holmes got his second after a slice of good fortune. A falling Aaron Dawson somehow managed to thread a pass through the sleeping Kings defence, and Holmes made no mistake in slotting the ball into the net.

Bay Downing received his second yellow card on 66 minutes, leaving the Whites to defend with 10 men, which they did very well with a 3-5-2 formation.

Kings Langley should have equalised with just seconds left on the clock, only for Ward to somehow fire wide.

Salisbury are away at Hayes and Yeading in the league on Saturday.

Claridge said: "Whoever we get in the Trophy it will be tough, but I am looking to get some reinforcements in defence for Saturday, as we have injuries and Bay (Downing) is suspended."