Overview of Story
Saturday afternoon’s game was certainly full of drama however a high quality game of football was marred by three first half red cards – which consisted of an extroadinary turn of events.
How the Events unfolded…
Following a hotly contested first 30 minutes, the game was descended into chaos as Salisbury’s Owen Howe and Evesham’s Archie Haskayne along with captain Linden Dovey were all dismissed following a series of heated exchanges.
The game contained very little action in what was a disappointing start to the first half; however when The Robins captained Linden Dovey committed a cynical foul on Salisbury’s Daniel Young, both teams became embroiled in an on pitch fight.
Dovey was immediately dismissed for his poor challenge however Archie Haskayne joined his team mate in the dressing room and Owen Howe’s sending off completed an incredible five minute explosion as the hosts nine men played out the rest of the game against their competitors ten.
What this means for both teams?
With both teams now having to cope with top quality absentees, it could lead to detrimental effects for both sides, who are still pushing for an automatic promotion spot.
Evesham will be without captain Linden Dovey – a leader and experienced component of Paul Collicut’s team, along with Archie Haskayne who already has seven goals to his name this season.
Salisbury will also be missing Owen Howe from the starting XI as he too will be a significant loss for the side in White, as they approach an important stage of the season with seven games remaining of the season.
Both sides are still in contention of achieving an all illusive top two finish, however following yesterday’s top of the table victory, Salisbury have now moved ten points clear of their competitors.
A Big Win for the visitors
Yesterday’s win for The Whites took them ten points clear of their opponents, but what exactly does this mean for both managers?
Steve Claridge’s men travel to seventh placed Swindon Supermarine next weekend as Salisbury’s hopes of a second placed finish appear to have edged a step further to automatic promotion.
Paul Collicutt will have to pick his team up following their latest defeat, however with a favourable run of fixtures facing the side – who currently sit in third position within the Evo-Stik Southern League, the potential to achieve back to back playoff places is still alive.