Salford City earned a first away win in eight attempts after Ian Henderson’s brace secured a 2-0 win at Forest Green Rovers.
The 36-year-old scored in either half at The innocent New Lawn to give Gary Bowyer his first win as Salford manager at the third attempt.
Bowyer’s boys were confident throughout after the manager stuck with the side that finished the Good Friday win against Grimsby Town, and a sublime first by Henderson from distance was a just reward as the first half ticked down.
Still in control, with Vaclav Hladky hardly tested, the second came with just over 10 minutes remaining when substitute George Boyd dinked in a brilliant cross from the left that Henderson planted past Luke McGee with his head.
The joy was clear to see as players and staff smiled from the celebrations and beyond the final whistle, and none were more pleased than Bowyer.
“I’m delighted for the players, they thoroughly deserved it for their efforts today and like you say it’s great to see them with smiles on their and making noise in the dressing room at the end of the game.
“We worked on our plan in training yesterday and the players have been fantastic in the way that they’ve executed it. When you’ve got the quality that we’ve got in the team as well, you see the goals that we score.
“In the time that I’ve been here the players have given me everything, they want to get better they want to improve and you saw the spirit that they had for each other in the performance.
“Whilst there’s everything to play for we’ll keep climbing, we’ll keep working hard with the players and we’ll keep looking to get better and go game by game.”
The Ammies are up to 10th in League Two and five points behind seventh place Newport County.
Top scorer Henderson’s tally is now 14 for the season, and despite being the eldest player in the squad the former Rochdale frontman still has plenty to offer having once again well surpassed double figures.
“He was fantastic today, it’s not just his goals – by the way which were two quality goals, the first was a fantastic individual strike then the ball from Boydy is fantastic for his second – but it’s the way that he leads the line and it’s the way that he trains every day and sets the example for everyone to run around and go and press, so I’m delighted for him today and for the rest of the group.”
Hear from the winning goalscorer below.