Pre Season Friendly

Chichester City 2

(Dan Hegarty, Jimmy Wilde)

Salisbury 2

(Eddie Perrett, Steve Walker)

Attendance: 104 (approx.)

Oaklands Park

With the choice of three games for some Tuesday evening fun I took to my newly formed Twitter account (@TerraceTrav) to help me decide where my end destination would be.

Using a Twitter poll I put forward the following options; Fordingbridge Turks against Bashley, Alton Town against Binfield and Chichester’s encounter with Salisbury.

With 49 voters, 68% decided that Chichester would be choice for the evening’s entertainment.

So off I went, east on the M27, Oaklands Park the venue.

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The Ground

Padded seats! That’s all I could say after making one lap of the ground a luxury that I have never experienced at any ground so I was quite excited to pick my spot and enjoy the game.

The only issue was that the seats had seen far better days, the outdoor conditions had take its toll and with my fear of spiders, wiping away the cobwebs was not an option so I decided to take my position on the opposite side, to the right of the players tunnel.

As well as the seated stand, there is two covered sections in what was a tidy ground with a nice pitch (as expected this early in the season).

A little tea bar offering snacks I managed to get a sneaky double burger late into the second half!

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The Game

A late equaliser from Jimmy Wilde gave Chichester a draw against Salisbury in a close fought friendly encounter at Oaklands Park.

Dan Hegarty gave the home side an early lead when he poked in from close range after the ball bounced off the post.

A second half comeback from Steve Claridge’s Salisbury side tipped the advantage in the way of the visitors with goals from Eddie Perrett and Steve Walker.

With one division separating the two sides, it had the promise to be a tight affair, and it was with a final 2-2 score.

The visitors struck first on 24 minutes when Hegarty was quick off the mark to put the ball past Nathan Ball in the opposition goal. Salisbury had failed to deal with the ball in the box and were punished, going into half time 1-0 down.

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Claridge (pictured above) must have had stern words with his side during the interval and they came out guns blazing and soon found the equaliser when Perrett fired a low drive into the corner to pull the scores level.

Another goal was on the cards and defender Steve Walker, who hit double figures in the league last season, headed the Whites into the lead from Tom Whelan’s free kick.

Salisbury looked to be putting the game to bed but piled a few too many bodies forward and Chichester used the counter attack to full effect.

Wilde picked the ball up just inside the opposition and managed to get into the box and strike the ball into the bottom corner to end the game as a draw.

2016/17 Games: 3

2016/17 Grounds: 4

Total Grounds Visited: 151

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