Thursday, October 06, 2016

Salisbury Chairman Looks Forward To Visit Of Hereford

This from Salisbury FC:

SALISBURY FC chairman Dave Phillips is relishing another big occasion at the Ray Mac as Hereford FC bring their large travelling support once more, this time for Saturday's Buildbase FA Trophy tie of the round.

Whites and Hereford enjoyed a competitive rivalry last season as two new clubs, meeting in two epic FA Vase semi-final legs, with the Bulls prevailing 3-1 on aggregate in front of an astonishing combined attendance of more than 8,000.

Now both in the Evo-Stik League Southern South and West Division after having been champions of their respective leagues, the draw has thrown together the two clubs again for a preliminary round tie that is likely again to draw the biggest crowd of the round.

"It's another big game for us and the fans and I for one am really looking forward to it," said Dave.

"The rivalry with Hereford last season, between the clubs and the fans, was just as it should be - competitive but with great respect on both sides.

"Hereford were excellent hosts and I like to think that we were as well. We certainly co-operated and got on well in organising two huge games last season and I hope this will be an extension of that."

Due to police and ground restrictions, Hereford supporters could only be allocated two thirds of the Partridge Way end last March but will have the whole end available to them this year.

They will also have the new Magnet Sports Bar for their exclusive use from 12.30pm. Pizza is being cooked freshly in the car park by match ball sponsors The Slinky Fox.

"We have put in place new arrangements this time on top of what we did last season and I hope Hereford fans will be happy with them," added Dave.

"I know they've had some problems this season with a small minority of their supporters away from home and they're dealing with all that, but we coped pretty well in March and had no real problems.

"I am sure all from Hereford will be respectful again of us as a club, as we are of them, and if we all keep that in mind, the day will pass off well as before and we can all enjoy what promises to be a cracking game of football.

"At the end of the day, we are two new clubs looking to make our way back up the football pyramid and we have a lot in common. Just being back in business for both of us is far more important than any one game and any one day, so we all need to keep that in mind.

"We welcome everyone at the Ray Mac to celebrate the rebirth of our two clubs once more so let's all enjoy ourselves in the right spirit and with respect for what we have both achieved already in just over a year back playing the game we all love."