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Your News Salisbury stumble against Bournemouth

Salisbury bowed out of the Dorset and Wilts cup at the semi final stage against old rivals Bournemouth. Historically Salisbury versus Bournemouth goes back a long way and both teams are familiar with each others style of play and characters within the teams.

Bournemouth were promoted last year to South West One which proved to give Salisbury the opportunity to benchmark their fantastic run of form of late, to compare with their opponents if promotion is fruitful at the end of the season. Salisbury, without key influential players, in Liam Gilbert, Dave Bell and Luke Bugden, started the afternoon's proceedings with determination and had Bournemouth under pressure almost immediately. There was plenty of possession for Salisbury to exercise free running play and the physical confrontation was brutal but evenly matched in the initial stages. Bournemouth defended well and cancelled out several Salisbury attacks, but this only lasted for a while and after continued pressure close to the line Salisbury nipped through with Richard Roe taking the final pass to go over to open Salisbury's account. Tom Pottage added the conversion. Bournemouth then nudged back and one of their few excursions into the Salisbury 22 area after, several rolling mauls saw them go over for a short range try. The first half, from a spectators point of view, looked all Salisbury's, and it was only a simple lack of awareness on the blind side which allowed the Bournemouth winger to use opportunist possession after linking with Scrum Half Sam Hardcastle, clear and over on the stroke of half time - a precarious winning margin. Battle hardened after a season in the next level up, Bournemouth started to claw back, with Salisbury now soaking up lots of pressure which provided good attacking opportunities for the visitors, which resulted in two more tries. Tom Pottage slotted a penalty to close the gap for Salisbury and although the home side did have their fair share of possession lack of ball retention in contact became an issue and Bournemouth scavenged off the scraps to capitalise their ever increasing points margin. Sam Hardcastle orchestrated the Bournemouth performance from Scrum Half, but Salisbury were not done for. After another good attacking ruck was formed the Salisbury backs broke loose and Phil Chesters, coming from deep received the ball at pace to dive over for a well taken try. Salisbury put in a spirited performance throughout and although the score maybe did not reflect this, the difference being Bournmouth playing percentage rugby which was enough to close the home side out in the second half.

Salisbury can be proud of their efforts and reflect that if promotion to South West One should happen, they will be confident in the knowledge that they can compete on equal terms at this level.

There is no fixture this Easter Saturday, but they resume league action on the 29th March with an away fixture to Marlow.

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