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Ash Hunter’s second half free-kick put the wind in the Salford City sails as the Ammies won 2-0 away at Barrow.

After a slow first half Salford came out firing in the second half, putting the Bluebirds on the back foot. On the hour mark Matthew Lund was clattered on the edge of the box to the delight of Hunter, who dispatched the subsequent free kick in front of the travelling support.

Albeit with some good fortune, his curling effort found its way past Paul Farman and crept into the bottom corner to break the deadlock; his first of the season. When the ball hit the net the winger couldn’t wait to share the celebrations with the fans,

“In the second half I thought we were much better, it was a great shift from the lads. At 1-0, we had to hang on and that allowed us to get on the break and get that second goal.

“When I saw Lundy go down I went straight over and got the ball and thought, ‘I’m taking it!’ It wasn’t the best free-kick but I’ll take it, they all count.

“The fans were great today, loud all game which helps us out. Personally, for the first one of the season, I was just delighted to see it go in.”

It was a well-fought battle as a collective but took some time to get going. The first half saw few goalscoring chances from either side, Matt Smith coming closest just before the break as Salford were building momentum.

Hunter was a driving force in Salford’s success in Cumbria, and had the bit between his teeth attacking down the left-wing. His free-kick seemed to be a catalyst to all three points, piling on the pressure into the last half hour and nullifying any Barrow attacks.

Hunter also scored in last season’s visit to Holker Street with an effort out of the top drawer to seal a 1-0 win. That makes it two goals in two visits to Barrow for the 26-year-old, who admits to enjoying playing the Bluebirds.

“That’s the second time I’ve played here and the second time I’ve scored, just one of them isn’t it!

“We needed to bounce back from the weekend, we were nowhere near good enough but we showed what we are about tonight with a great performance.”

Manager Gary Bowyer agreed it was a good moment for Hunter in his season, and praised the attitude of the whole team to respond to Saturday’s setback.

The coming weekend brings another trip on the road, in search of back-to-back wins away at Northampton Town’s Sixfields Stadium.

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