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Harrogate Town
1
Mark Oxley
3
Lewis Page
Yellow card for Lewis Page

Fallowfield 60'

4
Josh Falkingham (C)
6
Warren Burrell
11
Danilo Orsi

Muldoon 53'

14
Nathan Sheron
16
Alex Pattison
20
Connor Hall
21
Jack Diamond
29
Luke Armstrong
30
Simon Power

Thomson 53'

Salford City FC
26
Connor Ripley
2
Donald Love
Yellow card for Donald Love
3
Ibou Touray
4
Jason Lowe
1 goals for Jason Lowe
5
Ash Eastham (C)
7
Tyreik Wright

Hunter 71'

8
Matthew Lund
1 goals for Matthew Lund Yellow card for Matthew Lund

Vassell 90+1'

11
Josh Morris

Oteh 80'

16
Jordan Turnbull
32
Liam Shephard
37
Brandon Thomas-Asante
Substitutes
13
Joe Cracknell
2
Ryan Fallowfield
7
George Thomson
17
Lloyd Kerry
18
Jack Muldoon
24
Emmanuel Ilesanmi
Substitutes
12
Zach Jeacock
10
Ash Hunter
20
Aramide Oteh
24
Andy Smith
30
Kelly N'Mai
36
Marcus Dackers
42
Theo Vassell
Managers
Manager - Simon Weaver
Managers
Manager - Gary Bowyer
Match Officals
Referee - Charles Breakspear
Assistant Referee - Wayne Grunnill
Assistant Referee - Ivan Stankovic
Fourth Official - Bradley Hall

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Report

The Ammies produced an accomplished performance at The Envirovent Stadium to overcome 5th placed hosts Harrogate Town. A Matty Lund strike in the first half was followed by Jason Lowe’s first ever Salford City goal after the interval and Gary Bowyer’s side could have had more. A perfect preparation for two home games over the next week as Bristol Rovers and then Oldham Athletic make trips to The Peninsula Stadium.

There were a couple of changes from the XI that started at Scunthorpe United a week ago. Ibou Touray and Tyreik Wright, returned from international duty, were back with Kelly Nmai pon the bench and Conor McAleny missing out through injury.

Included in Harrogate Town’s lineup was former Salford striker Luke Armstrong, with 9 goals to his credit this season.

The game got off to a lively enough start, with the first real chance going the way of Town. Simon Power’s corner from the left dropped beyond the far post, with Nathan Sheron heading back inside. The ball fell nicely for Warren Burrell who was disappointed not to keep an 8-yard left of centre header down.

It was Salford’s turn a couple of minutes later when Touray delivered a great cross from deep on the left. Jordan Turnbull got up amongst a crowd of players but could only glance a header wide of the far upright.

Harrogate began to dominate possession of the ball, yet faced with a Salford defence that looked reassuringly firm, struggled to convert it into opportunities in front of goal. A chance did pop up on 21 minutes when Power drove in a low corner from the left, with Alex Pattison getting in an effort on goal that deflected to safety off Connor Ripley’s leg at the near post.

Touray was in creative mood, whipping in another cross from the left with Brandon Thomas-Asante the intended target. Dangerous for Town, but Burrell did well to knock the ball behind for a corner. The Ammies were finding their feet and Wright slipped a pass to Josh Morris on the left-hand angle of the area. The former Fleetwood midfielder drilled a low shot across goal, clearing the far post by a couple of feet.

Harrogate’s promising spell had dissipated , and the hosts had to concentrate more on their defensive duties. Eleven minutes before half time the Ammies countered, with Lund finding Morris whose powerful effort was bravely blocked by Sheron.

The balance of play had been tipping inexorably in Salford’s favour, and it was no real surprise when they took a 37th minute lead. Wright’s cross-field ball to the left found Touray who lofted a peach of a curling cross to the far post. LUND arrived ahead of Lewis Page to poke a close-range finish past Mark Oxley to record his 3rd league goal of the campaign.

Salford continued to press, and 3 minutes later a Morris ball into the area was controlled by Wright, who spun away from his marker before getting in a low, angled effort that Oxley stopped with his legs.

Harrogate made a late bid to level the scores as Armstrong chased down and dispossessed Donald Love on the left. The in-form striker got into the box and found half-a-yard to hit a rising drive that Connor Ripley held comfortably above his head.

As the half entered time added on Pattison displayed a turn of pace to get to the line on the left. A low delivery to the near post followed, but not for the first – or last – time this afternoon, Salford skipper Ash Eastham was there to clear the lines.

HALF-TIME: HARROGATE TOWN 0 SALFORD CITY 1

A very satisfactory opening half from Salford’s perspective and they started the second positively. Just a few minutes in Wright pushed forward on the right before cutting inside and squaring to the left for Touray. The full-back fancied his chances but from 25 yards out cleared the crossbar by some distance.

Harrogate manager Simon Weaver made a couple of changes after that, yet momentum remained with the Ammies. In the 54th minute a Lund pass found Morris, only for his shot to be charged down by a home defender. The loose ball spun out to Thomas-Asante but he couldn’t keep his effort from distance down.

Town’s first chance to get back on level terms since the restart arrived very soon afterwards as a swift counter-attack gave Jack Diamond a sight of goal from the left. The winger’s low effort looked destined to restore parity until Touray managed to get in a block that deflected the ball away to safety.

Great defending from the Gambian international and the visitors were generally looking solid at the back. Even so, Town almost found a way through on 64 minutes when substitute Jack Muldoon’s effort was blocked, with the uncharacteristically quiet Josh Falkingham dragging a follow-up effort off target.

Salford replaced Wright with Hunter for the final 20 minutes and their second goal of the afternoon wasn’t far behind that change. Touray nudged a pass inside from the left, with Lowe taking a touch on the edge of the area before finding Morris with a short forward ball. With nothing opening up Morris played a return pass and this time LOWE cracked in a powerful low effort from left of centre that beat Oxley to his right.

The midfielder enjoyed that one, and well he might after recording his first senior goal since 2nd November 2013. That one came in a 1-0 win for Blackburn Rovers over Middlesbrough, whilst just down the road Salford City were losing a Northern Premier League First Division North game at Bamber Bridge…

How far we’ve come since then, but of more immediate importance was the two-goal cushion that Lowe’s goal had provided.

Harrogate needed a quick response and could have found one just a couple of minutes later. George Thomson’s delivery found Connor Hall but the defender couldn’t get his header on target.

It was Salford who took the initiative again after that, playing some impressive flowing football and looking for more goals. With 11 minutes left Hunter’s curling delivery from the right was met by the stretching Thomas-Asante, who managed to get a boot onto it. The ball spun up into the air then down into the waiting arms of Oxley.

Inside another 60 seconds Lund squared to the right for Love to hit a shot that failed to trouble the Town keeper as it soared over the bar.

Salford had the ball in the net 8 minutes from time with Lund getting on the end of a cross from Hunter to beat Oxley. Unfortunately, he’d used his hand to do so and what might have seemed a decent idea at the time ended in a 5th booking of the season for the midfielder. As a result, he'll have to sit out Tuesday’s game -vs- Bristol Rovers.

The Ammies continued to press forward during the time that remained, and Lund’s pass found Remi Oteh who in turn moved possession on for Hunter. From the edge of the box he tried an ambitious lob that dropped into Oxley’s arms.

Theo Vassell replaced Lund during time added on, to make his Salford City debut and the final whistle confirmed the destination of 3 very useful points indeed.

FULL-TIME: HARROGATE TOWN 0 SALFORD CITY 2

Since Exeter City’s win at The Peninsula Stadium on 30th October, The Ammies have quietly put together a bit of a run. Four games since then have produced 3 wins and a draw, with two clean sheets into the bargain.

Harrogate Town started this game in 5th, but an uninformed observer might have thought that it was the team in red who were 12 places above their opponents in the table.

This was much more like it from Gary Bowyer’s side as they enjoyed lengthy period of dominance, created a number of chances and defended diligently when they needed to. Shades of that impressive win at Colchester.

Two nicely taken goals secured 3 richly deserved points and the manner of the victory was a perfect way to prepare for back-to-back home games over the next week.

It would be foolish to take anything for granted of course, but if this level of performance can be repeated there are certainly points to be taken from the visits of Bristol Rovers (Tuesday, 7:45pm) and Oldham Athletic (Saturday, 3pm). The top half of the table has proved elusive for the Ammies – maybe that will change sooner rather than later…

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