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Salford City FC
Chris Neal
Scott Wiseman
Ibou Touray
Yellow card for Ibou Touray
Carl Piergianni
1 goals for Carl Piergianni
Lois Maynard
Adam Rooney (c)
1 goals for Adam Rooney (c)
Danny Lloyd

Mafuta '90

Tom Walker

Hogan '66

Danny Whitehead
1 goals for Danny Whitehead Yellow card for Danny Whitehead
Nathan Pond
Rory Gaffney
Yellow card for Rory Gaffney

Rodney '76

Shwan Jalal
Will Evans
Laurence Maguire
Charlie Carter

Muggleton '49

Curtis Weston
Zavon Hines
1 goals for Zavon Hines
Michael Nelson

Shaw '90

Robbie Weir (c)

Barry '85

Drew Talbot
Kyel Reid
Marc-Antoine Fortune
1 goals for Marc-Antoine Fortune
Max Crocombe
Gus Mafuta
Liam Hogan
Nick Haughton
Devante Rodney
Joe Anyon
Bradley Barry
Lee Shaw
Sam Muggleton
Levi Amantchi
Manager - Graham Alexander
Manager - Martin Allen
Match Officals
Referee - Marc Edwards
Assistant Referee - David Fisher
Assistant Referee - Blake Antrobus
Fourth Official - Richard Cattell

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Danny Whitehead’s strike during the penultimate minute of the 90 settled an enthralling contest played out in front of over 3,500 at the Peninsula Stadium. The Ammies had been pegged back twice after edging ahead but Chesterfield couldn’t find a 3rd leveller in the minutes that remained. This time last week Salford City were reflecting on defeat at Sutton United and a place in the division’s bottom 4. Since then they have recorded wins over sides who had a 100% record 7 days ago and the season is now properly up and running for Graham Alexander’s men.

There was just one change from the 16 on duty against Halifax on Tuesday, with Tom Walker restored to the starting line-up in place of Nick Haughton.

Martin Allen’s Spireites had started their season with clean-sheet wins over Ebbsfleet United, Aldershot Town & Braintree Town before suffering a 3-2 setback at Barrow in midweek. They looked eager to return to winning ways, playing some neat football early on and denying Salford possession.

The Ammies were fortunate not to go behind as early as the 6th minute after their defence was carved open by a slick Chesterfield move. Marc-Antoine Fortune held play up well then Curtis Weston slid a pass into the area for Charlie Carter. The effort on goal from 12 yards was well hit but home keeper Chris Neal produced a quality save, turning the ball around his left-hand upright.

The Spireites enjoyed the lion’s share of possession during these early stages of the game but eventually Salford began to ask some questions of their own. With a dozen minutes played Rory Gaffney won a corner after chasing Danny Lloyd’s pass and it was the summer signing from Peteborough who swung in a delivery from the right. Carl Piergianni would pose an aerial threat all afternoon and he got up to power down a header that found its way back to Lloyd, now in an offside position.

Piergianni would prove a more effective attacking force later but Chesterfield were the next to threaten after Carter was fouled outside the area. Former West Ham United striker Zavon Hines lined up the free-kick, well left of centre, but could only slam his shot against a defender.

Kyel Reid was looking lively for the Spireites too and in the 17th minute he curled a cross from the left towards the far post, Fortune was looking to get onto that one but Neal was there to pluck the ball out of the air,

Relatively modest attacking efforts so far, apart from Carter's chance but Salford took the lead from what was their first dangerous foray forward. Lois Maynard has started the season in impressive from and he picked up possession in midfield before picking out ADAM ROONEY in space on the right. Salford's number 9 notched a brace against Halifax in midweek and he strode into the box before hitting a low effort across Shwan Jawal and inside the far post.

A fourth of the season for Rooney and within a couple of minutes the Ammies went very close indeed to doubling their advantage, Again Maynard was the architect, lobbing a pass to the left that sent Gaffney into space, The low, angled shot that followed beat Jalal but hit the inside of the far post then rolled back into play where it was hurriedly cleared by a defender.

A brief but effective spell of Salford pressure but Chesterfield recovered their composure and were soon looking for an equaliser. In the 24th minute Hines - increasingly influential - whipped in a cross from the left, aiming at the far post. Michael Nelson got up to meet that one but his header dropped just over the crossbar.

Gaffney was booked for unfairly hindering the progress of a Chesterfield break in the 28th minute and we then had a short stoppage as Walker and Drew Talbot required treatment following a clash of heads.

Fortunately both were able to continue and Reid went close for Chesterfield with a snap-shot from distance that dipped just over the crossbar.

Nine minutes before the break Chesterfield were awarded a corner on their left even though Piergianni's tackle on Fortune seemed to end with the ball spinning out off the Spireite striker, Hines hoisted in a delivery and Laurence Maguire - brother of England's Harry - got in a header that dropped just over the bar.

This was Chesterfield's best spell so far and they came close to restoring parity in the 39th minute. Robbie Weir passed to Talbot on the right and Carter only just failed to get his head onto the cross that followed. The Spireites held on to possession and Maguire's cross from deep on the left was met by Hines who volleyed towards goal at the far post. It looked as if the equaliser had arrived but Neal pulled off a great blocking save to deny the former England Under 21 man a memorable finish.

Salford were having to absorb plenty of pressure as the interval approached and Hines caused problems for them again with a determined left-flank run. A pass inside found Carter who had 2 efforts charged down before Curtis Weston coolly nodded the ball into the area. Fortune was on the end of it but could only smash a left-of-centre effort over the bar.

It was beginning to look as if the Ammies had weathered the Derbyshire storm but in the 43rd minute they conceded an eminently avoidable equaliser, Piergianni's back-pass from the left-back position was firmly, not over, hit but the advancing Neal was deceived and the ball was rolling towards the wide open goal. Neal chased it all the way, sprawling to claw the ball off the line but his efforts were to no avail as HINES was on hand to tap in from close range.

A goal Chesterfield probably deserved but it had been donated to them by a spot of uncertain defending from their hosts, Salford pressed forward in the time that remained before half-time with Ibou Touray having a go from long range only to see the ball whistle wide of Jalal's right-hand post. Walker had a pop from 25 yards during the last of 3 minutes added on but Chesterfield's keeper was able to collect that one without too much fuss,


The first incident of note after the game restarted was an unfortunate one as Carter required treatment for an injury. He limped on for a while before being substituted but in the meantime Salford could have restored their lead. A Walker corner from the left was headed on by Piergianni but Gaffney could only nod over the target when well placed.

It was Sam Muggleton who came on for Carter and his first contribution was the first in a series of bullet-like throw-ins. Evans got onto the end of this remarkable delivery but could only glance a header wide of Neal's right-hand post.

Salford put together a decent move after that as LLoyd's pass found Rooney who was pushing forward on the left, There were red shirts in the middle but the low ball in was cleared behind for a corner. Walker took it, from the left and Piergianni's header was deflected off a defender for another corner. Lloyd took this one, from the right and PIERGIANNI was there again, this time arriving on the edge of the 6-yard box where he planted a firm, downward header between Jalal and his right-hand post,

A second headed goal of the season for Pidge but the home supporters had very little time to enjoy it. Hines is the kind of forward that defenders hate to play against - a box of tricks with plenty of pace - and within 3 minutes he darted to the line on the right then cut past Piergianni and toward goal. An unselfish pass to the edge of the 6-yard box came next and FORTUNE was there to crash a finish past Neal,

The game was finely balanced and one of the weapons in Chesterfield's armoury included Muggleton's long throw. In the 64th minute he hurled one in from the left and the ball dropped over the stretching Neal into the net. A degree of celebration broke out behind the goal but it was abruptly brought to an end as the referee awarded a goal-kick to Salford - Muggleton's throw had gone straight in without taking a touch off any other player.

Midway through the second half Salford made a tactical change after Liam Hogan came on for Walker. The Ammies went to 3 at the back with Wiseman and Touray operating as wing-backs.

Muggleton launched another powerful throw soon after that change and Piergianni had to get up to head that one out for a corner. The Spireites would continue to use Muggleton's long throw when the opportunity arose but their impact gradually lessened as Salford's defence became accustomed to them.

In the 74th minute it was the trickiness of Hines that almost put Chesterfield ahead for the first time. A run on the right saw him twist inside past Whitehead before teeing up Reid whose rising right-of-centre effort cleared the crossbar.

Devante Rodney replaced Gaffney for Salford with 15 minutes to play and both sides were still committing men forward in search of the winning goal. Rodney almost made an impact 5 minutes after being introduced as Rooney's header dropped for Touray wide on the left, Rodney couldn't quite get his head to the cross that came in and when Whitehead lofted the ball back in from the opposite flank Maynard could only glance an effort wide,

In the 82nd minute a Muggleton 'special' from the left dropped for Reid on the far side of the area. He tucked a ball inside and Weir let fly with a powerfully struck effort that was deflected wide of Neal's right-hand post.

The corner came to nothing but Salford countered and Rooney's pass to the left was picked up by Whitehead who swung a cross just beyond the far post. Wiseman had received a little stick from Chesterfield supporters and almost made his former side pay, guiding in a first-time effort that came back out off the inside of the far post.

Salford were finishing strongly and Whitehead had space to hit a left-of-centre shot from just outside the box. The ball almost rose into orbit but there was a little more to come from the former Macc man before this game was over. In the 89th minute the Ammies pushed forward again and Wiseman's pass inside from the right found Whitehead. His usual brief is to collect the ball and distribute it but for the second time in as many minutes he spotted some space opening up and advanced into it. There was a sight of goal and this time the finish was far better - from 20 yards and right-of-centre the ball beat Jalal's desperate dive to the right before nestling into his bottom corner.

Both sides made a substitution after that, with Salford looking to tighten up and the visitors introducing a striker for a defender. There were 6 minutes of added time to be played but the Ammies negotiated them with composure and intelligence, denying the Spireites any chance to grab a 3rd equaliser of the afternoon.


This was a fine win for Salford City in front of the largest crowd to assemble for a league game at the Peninsula Stadium. The 1,300 in the away areas of the ground got behind their side but in the end the Spireites could not recover having fallen behind for the 3rd time.

It's possibly true that a draw might have been the fairest outcome from this game but Salford deserve credit for responding every time they were pegged back. They will see the 2 goals they conceded as avoidable but Chesterfield manager will also feel that about the 3 his side let in.

In a league as tough and competitive as this one teams with character and grit, as well as ability, will be the ones who succeed. Salford have proven already that they have these attributes and two big wins in 4 days will work wonders for confidence.

The world certainly looks a lot more rosy for Ammie fans this week than it did last and we face another long trip next Saturday with Havant & Waterlooville the destination, Hopefully the journey home will be more enjoyable than the returns from Gateshead and Sutton and the signs are that it could well be...

Attendance: 3,595 (1,300 from Chesterfield)