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Carlisle United
1
Adam Collin (c)
2
Christie Elliott
3
Jack Iredale

Mellish 78'

7
Nathan Thomas
8
Mike Jones
9
Hallam Hope

Loft 68'

10
Stefan Scougall
1 goals for Stefan Scougall
17
Byron Webster
19
Jack Bridge
24
Olufela Olomola
1 goals for Olufela Olomola

Sorensen 60'

27
Nathaniel Knight-Percival
Salford City FC
1
Chris Neal
2
Scott Wiseman
Yellow card for Scott Wiseman
3
Ibou Touray
6
Carl Piergianni
8
Lois Maynard

Threlkeld 46'

18
Danny Whitehead
1 goals for Danny Whitehead

Walker 81'

20
Mani Dieseruvwe
1 goals for Mani Dieseruvwe
23
Nathan Pond (c)
24
Martin Smith

Rooney 60'

25
Joey Jones
29
Jake Beesley
Substitutes
22
Louis Gray
4
Canice Carroll
5
Jon Mellish
11
Harry McKirdy
23
Jarrad Branthwaite
25
Ryan Loft
31
Elias Sorensen
Substitutes
12
Kyle Letheren
4
Oscar Threlkeld
9
Adam Rooney
11
Tom Walker
22
Dan Jones
30
Rory Gaffney
34
Alex Doyle
Managers
Manager - Steven Pressley
Managers
Manager - Graham Alexander
Match Officals
Referee - Paul Marsden
Assistant Referee - Matthew Jones
Assistant Referee - Daniel Woodward
Fourth Official - Nathaniel Cox

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The Ammies recorded a third successive draw this afternoon, coming away from sun-soaked Brunton Park having shared 4 first-half goals equally with hosts Carlisle United. In the end a point apiece was probably a fair enough outcome although both sides spurned eminently acceptable opportunities to add to the scoring.

There were a couple of changes from the side who started at Home Park in midweek, with Martin Smith replacing Richie Towell and Rory Gaffney making way for Mani Dieseruvwe.

Those hardy souls who braved the trip to Plymouth Argyle on Tuesday had another hefty trip to endure his afternoon as an accident on the M6 pushed the supporter coach journey to almost four hours.
Fortunately, the two sides would serve up a fair degree of entertainment once the match got underway, with The Foxes showing their attacking teeth first.

As early as the 5th minute the lively Scott Scougall advanced in midfield before sliding a low pass into the area for Olufela Olomola. The Scunthorpe loanee did well to control the ball but from 15 yards out and just right-of-centre could only drag a low shot wide of Chris Neal’s right-hand post. Soon after that Mike Jones took a quick free kick to Jack Bridge who went past his man before trying a shot that failed to hit the target.

Definite attacking intent from the men in blue and they went ahead in the 8th minute. Nathan Thomas produced a cross of real quality from the right, yet the finish was even better as
OLOMOLA rose to guide a deft header past Neal and inside his right-hand upright.

The game wasn’t yet into double figures in terms of minutes played but Carlisle were looking good and were value for their early lead. A quick, positive response was required and to be fair Salford City proved equal to that particular challenge. Joey Jones would have an impressive afternoon for the Ammies and in the 12th minute advanced through the inside right channel before letting fly with a near 25-yarder that cannoned back off the crossbar. Ibou Touray was on hand to cross back into the danger area but Nathaniel Knight-Percival was cleared Carlisle lines.

Another Touray cross was headed wide by Jones as Salford’s influence on the game began to increase. In the 18th minute Smith rolled a pass to the right for Danny Whitehead who drilled a low ball out to the flank. Touray threatened again, this time crossing for Jake Beesley at the near post only for the in-form striker’s glancing header to drop narrowly wide of the far post.

After a short quiet spell The Foxes began to push forward again and a great diagonal ball from Bryon Webster was controlled by Hallam Hope on the left. A nice touch took the home forward into the area only for his attempt on goal to be blocked by Scott Wiseman.

The first half would produce plenty of attacking football and Jack Iredale’s run on Carlisle’s left was followed up by a ball inside to Hallam, who in turn nudged possession on to Olomola. An unselfish squared pass to the left followed and Thomas went close with a low effort that was inches outside Neal’s right-hand post.

The respective coaching staff were probably not over enamoured with some of the defending on display, but the chances kept coming. Midway through the half Whitehead lifted a pass into the right-hand side of the area and although Dieseruvwe brought it down, Knight-Percival nipped into whip it off his toes. Smith’s corner from the right found Beesley at the front stick but what looked to be a goal-bound header was deflected past the far upright. Whitehead delivered this corner and Maynard’s header from the far-side of the box dropped towards Adam Collin’s right-hand upright. Jones was there, but under defensive pressure could only nod wide of the post.

Beesley was the next to cause problems, finding space to get into the box on the left before electing to chip an effort that dropped harmlessly wide.

The Ammies were knocking on the door and it opened for them with 28 minutes played. Touray worked a pass out to the right where Wiseman was in space and his cross was a good one.
DIESERUVWE and Webster seemed to get into a bit of a tangle but the big centre-forward did well, lunging forward to get in a header that dropped out of Collin’s reach and inside his left-hand upright. There were claims for a foul on the Carlisle defender, but the referee ignored them and the scores were level.

A deserved equaliser for Salford and the momentum would remain with them for a while. Twelve minutes before half-time Beesley contested Wiseman’s cross from the right at the far post and went down under a Webster challenge. The referee deemed that a foul had been committed, awarding a penalty to The Ammies. WHITEHEAD took responsibility for the kick and it proved to be a sound decision as his firmly struck low shot took a touch from Collin’s dive to the right before nestling into the net.

An impressive turnaround for Graham Alexander’s men after that shaky start but in a open first half Carlisle were soon looking to redress the balance.

An Olomola pass into the left-hand side of the area sent Hope to the line only for Nathan Pond to get in a great blocking challenge almost at the near post. Bridge’s corner from the left fell for Iredale just beyond the far upright, but he couldn’t get his header on target.

The Ammies were working hard to protect their lead, with all three central defenders forced into effective action inside the area as half-time approached. As it happened, the visitors’ advantage wouldn’t make it to the tea and oranges, with Carlisle restoring parity in the half’s penultimate minute.

We’d seen some neat, patient football from The Foxes so far and here Jones and Hope linked well before Olomola’s effort came in from the edge of the area. Neal got across to push the ball away to his left but SCOUGALL had continued his run and was perfectly placed to nod the dropping ball into an unguarded net from 6 yards out.

There was time for the home side to chase a 3rd goal and another neat touch from Olomola played Scougall in again but his time he showed Carl Piergianni a little bit too much of the ball. The corner from the left dropped to the far post where Knight-Percival’s header spun of teammate Iredale and out for a goal-kick.

HALF-TIME: CARLISLE UNITED 2 SALFORD CITY 2

Oscar Threlkild replaced Lois Maynard for Salford at the break, in a like-for-like positional switch.

The first half had proven to be something of a goal-fest and both sides emerged for the second looking in the mood to serve up more of the same. A Touray run ended with a low ball from left that Webster let go, but there was nobody in a white shirt to take advantage of what would have been an open goal.

In the 57th minute Piergianni’s pass inside Carlisle’s half sold Smith short and Scougall started a swift break, playing Thomas into space on the right. The home number 7 zipped past Piergianni and into the box before rolling a low ball into the middle. Hope looked certain to put Carlisle back in front but his low first-time effort headed just wide of Neal’s right-hand post, with Olomola failing to turn it back on target.

An escape for Salford and within a minute Thomas floated a free-kick from the right to the far post, where Knight-Percival got in a downward header. Neal managed to push the ball clear and a defender cleared before Iredale could get to the loose ball.

Rooney replaced Smith for Salford on the hour – a positive move, but the next chance went the way of Carlisle. Hope worked himself some space at least 20 yards out before slamming in a low stinger that Neal gathered at the base of his right-hand post.

Carlisle had the attacking impetus again and should have gone ahead a couple of minute after the hour mark. Bridge spotted Scougall in space and he was away, drawing Neal to the edge of his area before stroking a low effort from distance. It was a glorious chance for the home side but Scougall had his angles a little bit out and the ball rolled just outside Neal’s right-hand post.

A decent 20 minutes or so for The Foxes but they hadn’t managed to get another goal and the match was nicely poised as its final quarter approached. For Salford a Touray corner from the right looked destined for the trusty forehead of Piergianni until the big defender appeared to be bumped over by a opponent. There was an appeal for another penalty but this time the referee waved play on.

A hot day with plenty of effort expended up to this point, and the frequency of chances had waned as the half progressed. With 16 minutes left Jones found the energy to set off on a lung-bursting right-of-centre run, bundling past one challenge before elegantly turning away from another at the corner of the area. There was more to come as the summer signing from Eastleigh pulled off a couple of shimmies before laying a nice, short ball into the path of Dieseruvwe. This could have been a memorable goal but from 15 yards Salford’s top-scorer could only lift a disappointing effort over the crossbar.

Tom Walker replaced Whitehead with 8 to play, just before the home side created another splendid opportunity. Thomas used space on the right to good effect again, delivering a cross just beyond the far post where unmarked substitute Elias Sorensen was waiting. It wasn’t an easy chance but the Danish forward – on loan from Premier League Newcastle United – disappointed the home fans with a close-range shot that ended up in the side-netting.

Down at the other end Jones set off on another run, shambling forward to the edge of the box, somehow retaining possession before squaring a pass to the right. Walker darted to the line before drilling in a low shot from the tightest of angles, almost catching Collin out at the base of the near post.

The corner was cleared but Walker was soon involved again, crossing from the right, with Piergianni glancing the ball on. Rooney was on his own at the far post, but Collin produced a great reflex save to keep his stooping 6-yard header out and Carlisle managed to scramble the ball clear.

Into time added on Walker swung in a corner from the left but although Jones got there at the far post he couldn’t keep the header down.

The Ammies could have pinched all three points at the end, but that would have been tough on a Carlisle side who could point a number of chances they had created yet not taken.

FULL-TIME: CARLISLE UNITED 2 SALFORD CITY 2

Another decent 2-2 draw away from home for Salford and they played their part in what for most of its course was an entertaining game. Both sides created chances that perhaps should have been taken and if this one had ended 4-4 it wouldn’t have been too much of a surprise.

The Ammies have made a respectable start to their debut EFL season with plenty to be pleased about. There is, of course, room for improvement and Graham Alexander will doubtless be examining the defensive vulnerabilities that occasionally make their presence felt. At times the Ammies – as a defensive unit – look a little flat-footed and there are players at his level capable of taking advantage.
It is, of course, a huge learning curve and there is enough to suggest that we could be enjoying another promotion push over the months ahead.

Leyton Orient visit The Peninsula Stadium next Saturday and a return to winning ways would be welcome as the two promoted sides lock horns again.

Attendance: 4,806 (340 Salford City)

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