SALISBURY kept themselves well on track for promotion with an excellent 2-1 win at Larkhall Athletic on Saturday.

It was the first time in three attempts this season that the Whites had beaten their Somerset rivals, and in doing so increased the gap from second to third to eight points.

Salisbury started the game had a couple of early chances from the returning Owen Howe from injury and Danny Young.

The home side hit back with their first chances of game, before Salisbury's Stuart Green went close.

The Whites then opened the scoring after 23 minutes, as Green turned provider for fellow striker Howe to head home.

Larkhill replied with an equaliser 10 minutes later, thanks to Matt Britton's excellent free-kick, which found his way through the wall into the net.

The home side then nearly took the lead, but Greg Peel fired over and as the first half came to an end, both Jack Wannell and George Colson went close.

After the interval, Salisbury had a couple of chances and then just before the hour mark Charlie Searle made a superb save from Cory Simpson and Colson then cleared off the line.

On 68 minutes, Green played in Tom Whelan and he was brought down in the area, which saw Salisbury awarded a penalty and Larkhall goalkeeper Shaun Semmens was shown a straight red card.

Larkhall captain Matt Guy pulled on the goalkeeping shirt and his first job was to face a penalty from Howe, which the Salisbury man crashed against the crossbar, as the score remained 1-1.

Soon after, the Larkhall bar was hit again from Whelan's 25-yard shot and looked like it would not be the Whites day.

However, on the 79 minutes, Salisbury got their winner as Whelan's shot on goal was deflected in by Green for his 20th goal of the season.

As the game came to close, the Whites goalkeeper Searle was stretchered off with a nasty looking gash to this leg.

He was replaced for the final five minutes by Tom Roberts, as the game ended with a magnificent seventh straight league win for the team.

This Saturday, the Whites are at home to Barnstaple.