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Salford City FC
1
Chris Neal
2
Scott Wiseman
3
Ibou Touray
6
Carl Piergianni
1 goals for Carl Piergianni
9
Adam Rooney (c)
3 goals for Adam Rooney (c) 3 goals for Adam Rooney (c) 3 goals for Adam Rooney (c) Yellow card for Adam Rooney (c)

Moncrieffe '71

10
Danny Lloyd
18
Danny Whitehead
19
Mark Shelton

Walker '58

22
Dennis Politic
23
Nathan Pond
30
Rory Gaffney

Hogan '79

Aldershot Town
13
Will Mannion
3
Lewis Kinsella
4
Adam McDonnell
5
George Fowler
9
Scott Rendell (c)

Fenelow '45

16
Jake Gallagher
19
Marvin McCoy
20
Josh Barrett

Lelan '46

21
Jacob Berkeley-Agyepong

Booty '61

23
Adam May
24
Gabriel Osho
Substitutes
12
Max Crocombe
5
Liam Hogan
11
Tom Walker
38
Brandon Lockett
39
Kamar Moncrieffe
Substitutes
7
Shamir Fenelow
8
Luke Howell
11
Luke Wanadio
15
Josh Lelan
17
Regan Booty
Managers
Manager - Graham Alexander
Managers
Manager - Gary Waddock
Match Officals
Referee - Marc Edwards
Assistant Referee - Jonathan Maskrey
Assistant Referee - Steve Durnell
Fourth Official - Karl Buckley

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It turned out to be a memorable weekend for more than one Rooney as Salford’s Adam sank Aldershot Town with a hat-trick. The Ammies’ leading scorer took his season’s haul up to 16 as the Shots were, frankly, put to the sword.This was an impressive all-round performance from Graham Alexander’s men – the perfect antidote to successive home draws and ideal preparation for Shrewsbury Town’s FA Cup visit on Wednesday.

There was a single change from the side that started last Sunday’s tie at Montgomery Waters Meadow, with Mark Shelton back in place of Lois Maynard (away on international cup duty with St.Kitts & Nevis).
On a sunny autumnal afternoon, quite a few of the near 3,000 crowd were still making their way to seats or terraces when the first goal went in. Left-back Ibou Touray would have a great afternoon and within 2 minutes he delivered a top-class cross from wide on the left. ROONEY made his move to get onto the end of it, muscling out Lewis Kinsella before turning the ball past Will Mannion from 3 or 4 yards out.

A perfect start for Salford, although a touch of complacence has followed on the heels of previous early goals. That never really looked likely to happen today and the home side sough to build on their early dominance. In the 7th minute Dennis Politic attacked the penalty area, only to be forced wide to the right by Marvin McCoy and his shot drifted well wide of Mannion’s left-hand post.

Touray was already causing considerable problems for the visiting defence and he pushed forward again before tucking a low pass to the edge of the area. Shelton moved onto it then hit a 19-yarder from left-of-centre that took a nick before dropping wide of the far post. Danny Lloyd took the corner and Carl Piergianni got in a header that Mannion – diving to his right – failed to hold. The ball went temptingly loose, but Aldershot’s keeper recovered in time to smother the danger.

All Salford so far but with a dozen minutes played Aldershot might have got back on level terms. Josh Barrett swung the a corner in from the right and the ball fell for Adam McDonnell, just outside the box and left-of-centre. The midfielder took a touch before hitting a low effort that deflected off a defender and outside Chris Neal’s right-hand post.

The second corner was cleared and for a while it looked as if Aldershot might wrestle a little control away from the home side. That wouldn’t really happen as the Ammies looked determined to keep the initiative. They looked sharp and worked hard to prevent the Shots from enjoying any extended periods of possession.

The next Salford chance started from the back as Nathan Pond’s lofted pass fell towards the left-hand side of the Shots’ penalty area. Touray’s touch down was picked up by Politic who controlled nicely before lifting a 22-yarder over the bar.

It was Shelton’s turn to push forward out of midfield next and his diagonal run to the right took him almost to the edge of the area. The shot that followed clipped off defender George Fowler and was on course to drop under the bar until Mannion stretched to tip it over.

Lloyd fired over after that and Rooney had an effort that was blocked by Gabriel Osho, at the expense of a corner that was cleared. Aldershot were working hard to press as much as they could but the Ammies resisted that pressure, playing themselves neatly out of potential trouble on a couple of occasions.

Aldershot won a free-kick on the half-hour but McDonnell’s effort from 25 yards didn’t dip enough to cause Neal any concern.

The last 15 minutes or so had been relatively even and Aldershot had a big chance to equalise in the 32nd minute. Shots’ defender Osho collected the ball just outside his own penalty area before drifting away from both Gaffney & Shelton. With space to advance into Osho drove forward before releasing a forward pass to Jacob Berkeley-Agyepong, who flicked the ball on for Scott Rendell. From just inside the box Aldershot’s skipper swept a rising shot just outside Neal’s left-hand post when he should have done much better.

An escape for the Ammies but they wouldn’t have to endure any more. Rendell’s miss would prove pivotal as just 4 minutes later Salford doubled their advantage. The build-up to this one oozed quality as Gaffney slipped a great pass into the left-hand side of the box for Touray. The low cross that followed made it all the way through to Rooney, just beyond the far post and with the Shots’ defence helpless he nudged home from a few yards out.

Aldershot needed to find a response and Barrett found space on the right to cross into the box. Rendell was poised to meet the delivery, but Pond was there to rise high and flick the ball away to safety.
Rendell’s disappointing afternoon got worse just before half-time as he suffered an injury and after treatment he was replaced by Shamir Fenelon.

There was time for another Salford chance, made and almost finished by Politic. The Bolton Wanderers loanee dispossessed McCoy on Salford’s left before setting off on a run towards the penalty area. McCoy tried to get in a retaliatory challenge but he was shrugged off before Politic hit a shot that was parried by Mannion. Lloyd tried to get to the loose ball but the Shots just about managed to clear the danger. Great play from the youngster – had that gone in, it would have been a truly memorable goal at a ground that has seen a fair share over recent seasons.

HALF-TIME: SALFORD CITY 2 ALDERSHOT TOWN 0

A handy lead on the back of a good first-half for Salford but they emerged for the second half with the sole intention of securing the 3 points. Within 15 seconds of the restart Danny Whitehead had advanced through the middle to hit a 22-yarder that hit the outside of Mannion’s right-hand post. It would prove to be a brief respite for the Shots as within another minute they found themselves 3 down.

Lloyd’s corner was met by Piergianni’s header and the ball dropped towards the far post where keeper Mannion may have got a touch. GAFFNEYand defender Kinsella were there or thereabouts as the ball spun into the net but we may need to see the footage in order to sort out what really happened. There was no doubt about the score however - The Ammies were 3 up.

A healthy lead had now reached the level of “commanding” yet the Ammies showed no immediate signs of relaxing. Piergianni’s aerial prowess would occupy Aldershot’s defensive thoughts for the rest of the game and his header from Politic’s corner wasn’t too far wide of Mannion’s left-hand upright.

Within a couple of minutes Lloyd’s corner from the left fell for Rooney on the far side of the area and his powerfully hit shot cannoned into Fowler. Another Lloyd corner, from the same side, dropped for Piergianni beyond the far post and he headed down into the turf. The ball spun up and Mannion had to be alert to tip it over the bar. Politic delivered this latest corner from the right and Piergianni was there yet again, heading narrowly over.

Shelton picked up an injury just past the hour and was replaced by Tom Walker. The winger’s first contribution was a good one as he pinged a pacey low pass to the left for Rooney. A low cross to the near post followed where Gaffney controlled then turned to hit a low shot that Mannion managed to push around the upright for yet another corner. A great stop from the Shots’ keeper and this time his defence prevented Piergianni from getting his head to the corner.

It seemed only a matter of time until Salford scored their 4th goal and it arrived courtesy of some quick thinking from Rooney. A swiftly taken throw in from the left sent Walker on a run and after he cut into the box the former FC United man was felled by an Osho trip. The referee had no option other than to award a spot-kick and of course it was ROONEY who placed the ball. A nifty little shimmy started the run-up but there was nothing quirky about the finish, low to the keeper’s left with Mannion committed the other way.

Aldershot’s hopes – as flickering as they were – had now been extinguished and Gary Waddock’s side were now engaged in damage limitation. Politic was a threat every time he ranged forward and a diagonal run to the right was followed by a low 25-yarder that was wide of the far post.

Substitute Fenelon got forward on the right for the Shots but their day was neatly summed up as no yellow shirt got anywhere near the useful low delivery.

Rooney was replaced by academy forward Kamar Moncrieffe with 20 minutes to left and Liam Hogan came on for striker partner Gaffney a little later.

With 5 minutes to play another Touray cross from the left caused problems, with Mannion pushing the ball away to the far side. Scott Wiseman had a pop but the ball smacked into Aldershot’s Fowler and deflected clear.

Salford continued to probe for a 5th goal as the game entered time added on. Walker’s short pass to the right gave Moncrieffe a sight of goal but his low shot was well saved by Mannion. Politic tested Mannion late on from just outside the box but again the keeper came out on top.

FULL-TIME: SALFORD CITY 4 ALDERSHOT TOWN 0

A win that takes the Ammies up to 2nd in the table, just 1 point behind leaders Leyton Orient and ahead of Wrexham on goal difference. A thoroughly deserved 3 points but the performance was even more impressive than the score-line. Sharpness, speed in mind and movement & clinical finishing were all features of Salford’s afternoon and a 1st clean sheet in 10 matches was the cherry on the cake.
Aldershot were never given time on the ball to exert consistent pressure and Rendell’s miss in the first half was as close as they got to troubling home keeper Neal.

It’s been a good week for Salford City – League One Shrewsbury Town were matched in the FA Cup last weekend and Aldershot Town have been ruthlessly dismantled today. The signs are good for Wednesday’s replay and Graham Alexander will be keen to set up a 2nd round tie with former charges Scunthorpe United.

Meanwhile the games come thick and fast – next Saturday we travel to the midlands for a match at 4th placed Solihull Moors before currently 5th placed Harrogate Town visit the Peninsula Stadium a week on Tuesday. Exciting days indeed…

Attendance: 2,875 (328 Aldershot Town)

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