Clarke concedes defeat in title-race

Salisbury City boss Darrell Clarke admits winning the Blue Square Bet South title will not be possible this season following Tuesday’s 2-0 loss to Basingstoke Town at the Raymond McEnhill Stadium.

The Whites occupied the top spot of the table for several months, but are now trailing Welling United by two points, having played three games more than the Wings.

Clarke is less than happy about his team effectively throwing away their hopes of winning the title this season.

“Now is the time for my players to stand up and be counted,” he told the Salisbury Journal.

“They’ve got to dig deep, and the team out there on Tuesday didn’t look like one of mine.

“The performance was poor and I don’t take very kindly to it.

“I need characters and there were none, it was definitely our worst defeat of the season. We’ve lost games perhaps we didn’t deserve to lose.

“But the league has gone. We’re miles away from the league title and that’s how realistic we’re.

“But what I must do is get the boys back to basics and get them believing again.

“We’ll continue fighting in every match. There were a lot of disappointed faces in the changing room as you can imagine.”

Posted: Thursday , March 07, 2013