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Salford moved back into the top seven with a hard-fought win at Barrow.

Ash Hunter scored the only goal of the game, adding to his already impressive collection of fantastic goals, early in the second half.

It wasn’t the most memorable game for either side, but it was important for The Ammies who ended a run of four consecutive league defeats on the road.

In the end it was a very typical game that needed a moment of quality, and that came from Hunter much to the delight of Richie Wellens.

“For probably the first 35 minutes I thought we’re in complete control of the game in terms of possession, but we give the ball away all over the pitch.

“For five minutes, 35-40 minutes, we lost a bit of control, we lost second balls, they managed to get balls into Quigley and he was a threat. 

“We then start the second half really well, Ibou Touray starts contributing in the final third and getting to the byline, Ash Hunter scored a great goal then at the end that’s a typical League Two game sometimes.

“I think sometimes when we are in control of the game it’s slow, that’s great, but then when you actually work the ball to move people out of position it has to be quick, you have to have that one touch pass in the final third or someone with that imagination to do something special. 

“That was the real top quality moment of the game, outstanding finish from a player that has that in their locker.”

Hunter, who joins Ian Henderson as joint-top goalscorer at Salford this season, was later brought off after going down off the ball and replaced by Richie Towell. The Irishman has been out of action since fracturing his leg against Tranmere Rovers, but after a clash with Chris Taylor was forced off again.

It’s the first time Wellens has had the former Rotherham United midfielder to use, and the manager has plans to use Towell as an integral part of his system.

“I look at Richie and see a really good player, knows what decision to make, you can see he’s played at a higher level so I hope it’s not too serious because he will definitely have a big influence for us going forward.”

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