The Reds take their first trip to the Peninsula Stadium this Saturday as they look to secure back to back wins for the first time in the league since August 2019.
Our only previous meeting with the Ammies ended in a 2-0 victory for the Reds in what was our first home game of the 2019/2020 campaign. Town netted either side of half time in that tie, Bez Lubala scoring his second goal for the Reds after netting his first on his competitive Debut away at Carlisle in the first game of the season. Nathan Ferguson then scored his first goal for the Reds to secure all three points
The Reds secured another three points last Saturday, defeating Scunthorpe United 3-1 at The People’s Pension Stadium. Town dominated from the start and had a goal ruled out for offside within three minutes. Bez Lubala fired into the top corner from close range but the assistant deemed him to have wandered offside before the ball was played into the area. The Reds remained dominant and just three minutes later they took the lead, Jordan Tunnicliffe rose highest from a corner and put it far beyond the reach of Scunthorpe goalkeeper Ian Lawlor. Reece Grego-Cox then scored what could turn out to be a goal of the season contender after he took the ball down at the edge of the box and curled a delightful effort into the far top corner to give the Reds a two goal lead. Ollie Palmer sent Town into half time three to the good with another spectacular effort. Ashley Nadesan crossed into the box and Palmer was there to head down, and with his back to goal swivel and fire a volley into the bottom corner. Just before Town’s third Bez Lubala had another effort ruled out for offside after Nadesan slid the ball across the box, Lubala proceeded to take it round Lawlor and tap into an empty net only to be greeted by the official’s flag. The Reds slowed down in the second half and gave away a penalty in the 57th minute which Kevin van Veen calmly dispatched. Town remained firm and claimed all three points.
Salford find themselves in a good run of form and currently sit 11th in the table one point above the Reds. In their last fixture Salford salvaged a point on the road against tenth placed Port Vale. Neither side could break the deadlock until an unfortunate own goal from Salford centre back Cameron Burgess in the 55th minute set the hosts on course for victory. Tom Elliot was introduced in the 67th minute and with an almost instant impact netted in the 75th ensuring Salford didn’t go back to Manchester empty handed.
Joe McNerney and Lewis Young remain doubts for the Reds.
We have only one previous meeting with Salford City that coming at the start of the 2019/2020 campaign. The Reds claimed all three points at The People’s Pension Stadium after goals either side of half time from Bez Lubala and Nathan Ferguson.
Leigh Doughty (Referee)
Helen Edwards & Matthew Parry (Assistants)
James Bell (Fourth Official)
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