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Crawley Town
1
Glenn Morris
4
George Francomb (c)
5
Tony Craig
6
Tom Dallison
8
Jack Powell
10
Ashley Nadesan
1 goals for Ashley Nadesan

Davies 84'

11
Tyler Frost

Appiah 63'

15
Ludwig Francillette
18
Will Ferry

Tilley 90'

28
Jack Payne
Yellow card for Jack Payne
39
Jake Hessenthaler
1 goals for Jake Hessenthaler
Salford City FC
1
Tom King
3
Ibou Touray
4
Jason Lowe
5
Ash Eastham (c)
8
Matthew Lund

Asante 76'

9
Tom Elliott
11
Josh Morris
16
Jordan Turnbull
Yellow card for Jordan Turnbull
18
Conor McAleny

Wright 76'

32
Liam Shephard
40
Ian Henderson
1 goals for Ian Henderson
Substitutes
40
Blondy Nna Noukeu (GK)
2
Archie Davies
3
Owen Gallacher
14
James Tilley
21
Kewsi Appiah
22
Zaid Al-Hussaini
27
Rafiq Khaleel
Substitutes
12
Zach Jeacock (GK)
7
Tyreik Wright
15
Luke Burgess
21
James Melhado
22
Tylor Golden
37
Brandon Thomas-Asante
Managers
Manager - John Yems
Managers
Manager - Gary Bowyer
Match Officals
Referee - David Rock
Assistant Referee - Samuel Ogels
Assistant Referee - Michael Webb

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Salford City’s first EFL League Two away game of the season ended in defeat as hosts Crawley Town came from behind to win 2-1. An early Ian Henderson header put the Ammies ahead and there were more chances for the visitors before Ashley Nadesan levelled before the interval. Gary Bowyer’s side struggled to create chances during the second half and a Jake Hessenthaler header 15 minutes from time was enough to wrap up the points for Crawley.

There was a single change from the XI that started Saturday’s goalless draw with Sutton United, as Tom Elliott slotted into the attack in place of Brandon Thomas-Asante. Loan signing Tyreik Wright – signed for the season from Aston Villa – was among the substitutes.

The Ammies started well, opening up the home defence within 30 seconds of the start. Liam Shephard’s deep cross from the right was met by Henderson, whose header dropped high and wide of the far upright.

An encouraging start for the intrepid band of visiting supporters and they would soon have more to cheer.
Salford had spent most of the early minutes of the game in the home half and went ahead with 7 played. Ibou Touray found space to push forward on the left before whipping in a splendid cross. HENDERSON had escaped the attention of his marker to place a header between Glenn Morris and his left-hand post.

An ideal start and although Crawley began to see more of the ball, they were initially held at comfortable arm’s length. The home side’s first sight of goal came in the 14th minute after George Francomb slid a pass out to Jack Powell on the right. A low ball to the near post was met by Nadesan whose first effort was blocked and the second was knocked behind by Jordan Turnbull. Powell took the corner, with Tom King stretching to tip the ball away to safety.

In the 20th minute Jack Payne met a cleared corner with a well-struck, low 20-yarder that was blocked inside the penalty area by Turnbull. The home side were unlucky soon afterwards as Tyler Frost’s weaving run inside from the left took him past a couple of challenges before he hammered in an effort that might have troubled King had it not crashed into teammate Nadesan.

Some pressure from Crawley but it was Salford’s turn just before the half-hour as Elliott flicked on King’s long punt forward. Henderson latched onto the ball, getting into the box on the left before trying to lift an angled effort beyond Glenn Morris. The Town keeper was equal to that one, extending his left-arm to make the save. Last season’s top scorer had another half-chance after that but failed to test the keeper with a header from Jason Lowe’s cross.

A Will Ferry cross from the left dropped across the Salford box without a red-shirted attacker close and Touray was able to usher the ball out for a throw-in on the far side. Salford had been caught offside a few times, but Conor McAleny sprung the trap 8 minutes before the break. Clean through on goal the former Oldham man was denied a first Ammie goal as Glenn Morris spread himself to make good blocking save. The ball dropped for Elliott on the right, but the keeper was there again, pulling off another great stop to deny Salford a second goal.

That would prove to be a pivotal moment as Crawley launched a quick counter, with Powell playing Francomb into space on the right. The delivery was perfect for NADESAN who made no mistake with a low first-time finish from 12 yards that gave King no chance.

The Ammies might well have gone two-up yet found themselves pegged back and things could have got even worse for the visitors. Two minutes after Nadesan’s equaliser the lively forward darted to the line on the right before pulling a low ball back into the path of Frost. A good chance but the Crawley man was leaning back as he hit an angled 15-yarder high over the bar.

The Reds were finishing strongly and Ferry hit a low effort from distance just wide of King’s right-hand post.

That would be the last action of a half that had seen Salford start well and the home side finish on top.

HALF-TIME: CRAWLEY TOWN 1 SALFORD CITY 1

Salford had begun the first half positively and repeated the trick for the second, winning 3 corners within the opening 5 minutes. They continued to boss possession for a while, although the first decent chance of the half went the way of Crawley Town.

In the 54th minute Ferry did well to work a pass out to Tom Dallison whose left-of-centre run took him into the area. A rising left-foot shot followed with the ball slamming into the side-netting, prompting cheers from some of the home support who thought the ball had squeezed inside the post.

The Ammies created their first chance since the restart soon afterwards as Henderson’s pass to the right found Shephard in space. The full-back got power behind his low effort but the ball was deflected wide off a defender.

An opportunity for Salford but otherwise it was the home side who carried more menace. On the hour Francomb’s cross from the right found Frost whose deft header from beyond the far post dropped back across goal and just wide.

Ferry crossed from the left after that, with the ball bouncing its way beyond the far post without a player from either side getting a touch.

Crawley continued to press, with the Ammies forced to hack clear a couple of times following scrambles inside their penalty area. With 20 minutes left Francomb – a thorn in Salford’s flesh all evening – slung in another cross, but substitute Kewsi Appiah was unable to get his header on target.

Salford hadn’t created anything for a while but on 72 minutes McAleny turned quickly before pushing forward on a right-of-centre run. The approach play was promising, but the 22-yard shot that followed rose to comfortably clear the crossbar.

A decent chance for the visitors, but they went behind with 15 minutes to play. Once again it was Francomb swinging over a great cross, and this time HESSENTHALER got in a header at the far post that dropped back across goal and inside King’s left-hand upright.

The Ammies made a couple of changes after that, with Thomas-Asante and Wright replacing McAleny and Lund for the time that remained. They had little choice other than to press for an equaliser but Crawley were defending well and always looked capable of hitting on the break.

It wasn’t until 2 minutes from time that home keeper Glenn Morris was tested, stooping to collect a Thomas-Asante free-kick from 25 yards out. Thomas-Asante won a free-kick on the left after that, but although Elliott contested Josh Morris’s delivery at the far post, Town again managed to clear their lines.

The referee indicated a minimum of 5 minutes to be added on but Salford couldn’t fashion another opportunity and Crawley picked up their first win of the season.

FULL-TIME: CRAWLEY TOWN 2 SALFORD CITY 1

A disappointing evening in West Sussex, and the People’s Pension Stadium has not proven to be a happy hunting ground since Salford attained EFL status in 2019.

The Ammies started both halves well, only to lose their way a little as each progressed. Crawley’s equaliser came hot on the heels of a great double chance for the Ammies to go two up – a reminder, if we needed one, that football can be a capricious game.

Time to pick ourselves up and take out some of this evening’s frustration on Swindon Town at the Peninsula this Saturday…

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