Preview: Salisbury

A look ahead to tomorrow's Emirates FA Cup tie.


Next up for Scott Davies and his Slough side is a trip to Wiltshire to face Southern League Premier South team Salisbury in the FA Cup third round qualifying, writes Freddie Gatrell.

The Whites have had an impressive domestic campaign so far. Over the course of their 10 games this season, they have won 6, drawn 3, and lost only once, in their most recent match against mid-table opposition Sholing, where they were convincingly beaten 2-1.

Salisbury FC was formed in 2015 after the liquidation of Salisbury City and is currently sitting in a promising position in the table, in fourth place with 21 points, only 4 points from the summit of the Southern League Premier table. The Whites will be a stern test for Slough Town, with Brian Dutton’s squad playing impressive football so far this season. Salisbury’s previous FA Cup tie ended in a 5-0 demolition of Cornish side Mousehole AFC.

Dutton is both an experienced ex-player as well as a coach, with a 16-year playing career at teams such as Cambridge United and Salisbury City. At Salisbury City, he earned two promotions as club captain. Despite a long career as a player, Dutton has impressive coaching experience, working at both Bristol Rovers and Walsall in the EFL.

For the Rebels, Scott Davies will be hoping his side can return to winning ways after a closely fought game against Farnborough last weekend, which ended 2-2, with Slough coming back from behind on both occasions. Davies will hope to continue the side’s changing fortunes and keep the Emirates FA Cup run alive, with another spirited and professional performance needed to beat an opposition side brimming with confidence.

Tomorrow’s clash will be the first meeting between the two sides since the formation of Salisbury FC in 2015. The previous meetings against Salisbury City bore fruit on many occasions, most notably the classic 3-2 victory at Stag Meadow that saw Slough reach the FA Cup first round against then League One side Walsall.


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