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Salford City FC
12
Kyle Letheren
2
Scott Wiseman
3
Ibou Touray
9
Adam Rooney (c)

Elliott 59'

15
Cameron Burgess
16
Jack Baldwin
Yellow card for Jack Baldwin
23
Nathan Pond
26
Bruno Andrade
28
Brandon Thomas-Asante
1 goals for Brandon Thomas-Asante
29
Michael O'Connor
32
Jake Jervis

Conway 59'

Oldham Athletic
20
Zeus De La Paz
2
Zak Mills
Yellow card for Zak Mills
3
Alex Iacovitti
10
Mohamed Maouche
Yellow card for Mohamed Maouche

Dearnley 61'

19
Desire Segbe-Azankpo

Missilou 69'

23
Christian N'Guessan

Nepomuceno 73'

24
Mohammed Sylla
26
Jonny Smith
31
David Wheater (c)
34
Tom Hamer
56
Danny Rowe
1 goals for Danny Rowe
Substitutes
1
Chris Neal
4
Oscar Threlkeld
5
Liam Hogan
7
Luke Armstrong
11
Tom Elliott
44
Craig Conway
Substitutes
41
Ellis Allen
11
Gevaro Nepomuceno
Yellow card for Gevaro Nepomuceno
16
Scott Wilson
17
Chris Missilou
29
Tomas Egert
55
Zak Dearnley
57
Cameron Borthwick-Jackson
Managers
Manager - Graham Alexander
Managers
Head Coach - Dino Maamria
Match Officals
Referee - Josh Smith
Assistant Referee - Kevin Morris
Assistant Referee - David Avent
Fourth Official - Aaron Jackson

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Salford City manager Graham Alexander will consider this to be two valuable points dropped after Danny Rowe notched a late leveller for visitors Oldham Athletic. The Ammies totally dominated the first half - and decent periods of the second - yet only had Brandon Asante’s 5th goal of the season to show for their efforts. In the end that fragile lead would not prove enough, with the Latics taking a rare chance to grab an unlikely share of the spoils.

There were enforced changes from the eleven that started at Forest Green Rovers a week ago, as Richie Towell & Ash Hunter served one-match bans picked up for 2nd yellow cards. Bruno Andrade made his first Salford start in place of Hunter, with Jack Baldwin taking Towell’s place in central midfield.

Buoyed by two impressive wins over the previous 7 days Salford started well and were soon pressing the visitors back. As early as the 4th minute former Latic Adam Rooney tried his luck with a dipping volley from distance and was unlucky to see that effort drop just outside Zeus De La Paz’s left-hand upright.

The Ammies were seeing a lot of the ball and Scott Wiseman collected a pass out to the right before lifting a cross into the area. Rooney got there first but under the close attention of Tom Hamer could only nod an effort straight at De La Paz. Seconds after that Asante outmuscled Christian N’Guessan on the edge of the area, then jinked away from David Wheater only to slam a low 10-yarder wide of the keeper’s left-hand post.

Andrade was the next to create a chance, whipping in a good cross from the right, forcing David Wheater to head behind as Rooney closed in. Ibou Touray touched the corner short to Andrade and at the far post Rooney appeared to be dragged back by Zak Mills. It wasn't the most obvious of fouls but the referee had little hesitation in pointing to the spot.

Oldham’s players protested, their supporters voiced outrage from behind the goal and Mills was booked before Rooney was able to begin his shimmying run up.In truth it wasn’t the best of spot kicks but even so, De La Paz did well, dropping to his left to push the ball away. There seemed to be blue shirts aplenty in the 6-yard box but Rooney stretched to get there first, with his touch bouncing the ball up off the turf. Again De La Paz saved well, extending an arm to prevent a goal only for his luck to run out as ASANTE met the dropping ball with a close-range header to open the scoring.

Still early in the game, yet that lead was no more than Salford City deserved following a dynamic start to the game.

The intensity would drop off after that opener and Oldham’s first sniff of a chance arrived in the 20th minute. Jonny Smith’s free-kick from the left was met by Hamer on the far side of the box, but he couldn’t get his header on target.

Salford went close to a second goal just past the half hour after Baldwin won possession before picking out Asante on the right. The in-form striker powered a shot towards goal only for Oldham skipper Wheater to get in an excellent block. The loose ball was fizzed across goal by Wiseman from the right but there was no red shirt on hand to provide a finishing touch.

Ten minutes before the interval Desire Segbe-Azankpo had a go from distance, although Kyle Letheren was behind it all the way. Not a bad effort, but it drew an ironic cheer from the Oldham fans at the other end of the ground.

Such was De La Paz’s haste to punt the ball upfield in the 42nd minute he strayed outside his area and was duly penalised. Careless from the keeper but he got away with it as Michael O’Connor’s powerful free-kick from 19 yards and left-of-centre crashed into the defensive wall.

Fittingly the last opportunity of the half went the way of the home side as Oldham – not for the first time – surrendered possession cheaply inside their own half. O’Connor looked to exploit the situation, advancing through the inside right channel only to slice a 20-yarder wide of De La Paz’s left-hand post.

That would be the final significant action of a very satisfactory first half for the Ammies, although on the back of all that possession the single goal advantage was perhaps scant return.

HALF-TIME: SALFORD CITY 1 OLDHAM ATHLETIC 0

A narrow lead then, and it was almost wiped out 4 minutes after the restart. Rowe did well to turn a pass from deep into the path of Smith on the left. The Bristol City loanee cut into the box before testing Letheren with a stinging, angled shot that the keeper did well to keep out. Just after that a Smith free-kick was cleared as far as Mills whose effort from distance cleared the crossbar and then the East Stand roof.

A lively start to the second half but proceedings took a turn for the dour after that. An Asante back-heel almost sent Rooney clear, but the pass was intercepted and just before the hour mark Salford replaced Rooney and Jake Jervis with Craig Conway and Tom Elliott. A minute later Dino Maamria sent on former Manchester United youngster Zak Dearnley in place of Mohamed Maouche.

Attacking changes, and it was Salford who were doing most of the pressing. Chances were relatively rare but in the 65th minute Asante’s shot was blocked.

With 20 minutes left Asante again demonstrated his power as he shrugged off a defender to latch on to a long ball forward. A left-of-centre advance into the penalty area followed but the angle became tight and when the low shot came in it flashed across goal and outside the far post.

The game was still finely balanced but the Ammies had a chance to double their lead with 17 minutes left to play. Asante was involved again, charging through the middle before slipping a pass to Andrade whose cheeky back-heel played Conway clear. The former Blackburn winger got into the box, but De La Paz kept his side in the game as he produced a tremendous blocking save to thwart the attempted chipped finish.

Oldham were struggling to construct attacks of any real quality, but teams that trail by a single goal always have a good fighting chance to take something from a game. That chance popped up 7 minutes from time as the visitors looked to hit on the counter attack.
Mohammed Sylla’s forward pass was collected by Dearnley, who slipped a diagonal ball to the left for the just onside Rowe to chase. Salford central defender Cameron Burgess had kept pace with the former AFC Fylde man but after jockeying for position ROWE let fly with a sweetly struck low shot that beat Letheren at his right-hand post.

A first Oldham goal for Rowe and although it was well taken, Graham Alexander won’t have been over impressed by his side’s defending.

All to play for and each side would have a chance before the 90-minute mark was reached. For Oldham Sylla dragged an effort wide when well placed and at the other end Asante’s lung-bursting run was finished off by a shot that went wide.

There were 6 minutes of time to be added on and it would be the Latics who went closest to snatching all 3 points. Gevaro Nepumaceno couldn’t keep his shot down and Hamer’s header from a corner was straight at Letheren.

Late opportunities for the visitors but another goal would have been very hard on Salford and the final whistle left the sides with a point apiece.

FULL-TIME: SALFORD CITY 1 OLDHAM ATHLETIC 1

Another disappointing Peninsula Stadium afternoon for the Ammies and they have taken just 5 points from their last 8 home league games. Once again spells of dominance – and there were plenty this afternoon – were not turned into goals, and a loss of defensive concentration was punished ruthlessly.

This result leaves Salford City 10 points outside the play-off positions, with 17 league games left to play. It’s a challenge, but certainly not an insurmountable one, especially with the transfer window signings looking set to have a considerable impact.

A concerted run of good results is needed now, and although that’s a sequence that has eluded the Ammies so far this season, this is a club that has tended to finish strongly over recent campaigns. Consistency, as always, is the key.

Another so-so result, but it needs to be shrugged off with two away games to be played over the next seven days. On to Cambridge and Port Vale...

Attendance: 3,646 (1,328 from Oldham)

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