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Salford City FC
41
Mark Howard
2
Scott Wiseman
3
Ibou Touray
7
Luke Armstrong
Yellow card for Luke Armstrong

Dieseruvwe 46'

8
Lois Maynard
9
Adam Rooney (c)
15
Cameron Burgess
1 goals for Cameron Burgess
23
Nathan Pond
25
Joey Jones
32
Jake Jervis
44
Craig Conway
Scunthorpe United
1
Rory Watson
4
Matthew Lund
5
Yann Songo'o
7
Ryan Colclough

Eisa 74'

10
Kevin Van Veen
1 goals for Kevin Van Veen

Proctor 82'

13
Jamie Ward

Gilliead 74'

14
James Perch
17
Lee Novak
23
Rory McArdle (c)
26
Harrison McGahey
28
Junior Brown
Substitutes
33
William Evans (GK)
4
Oscar Threlkeld
10
Danny Lloyd
13
Sam Hughes
17
Richie Towell
20
Mani Dieseruvwe
34
Alex Doyle
Substitutes
25
Jake Eastwood (GK)
6
Andy Butler
20
Alex Gilliead
27
Regan Slater
30
Abo Eisa
33
Jamie Proctor
45
John McAtee
Managers
Manager - Graham Alexander
Managers
Manager - Paul Hurst
Match Officals
Referee - Sam Purkiss
Assistant Referee - Billy Smallwood
Assistant Referee - Steven Rushton
Fourth Official - Danny Gratton

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Loanee Cameron Burgess scored against parent club Scunthorpe United but the Ammies had to settle for a point at the Peninsula Stadium. Kevin van Veen had put the Iron ahead with a well taken 34th minute goal and Burgess’ leveller would mark the end of the afternoon’s scoring.

For the visit of his former club, Salford manager Graham Alexander named an unchanged starting lineup following Tuesday’s win at Mansfield Town. The playing surface had defied 24 hours of persistent rainfall and we would even see a bit of sunshine - and some good football - before this EFL League Two fixture came to an end.

Scunthorpe United were looking for the first league away win since January and a lively opening few minutes provided early encouragement for the boisterous away support. Even so, the first effort on goal went the way of Salford as Craig Conway cut inside before curling a left-footer 18-yarder over the crossbar.

The Iron’s first shot came in the 7th minute as Jamie Ward collected a Ryan Colclough cross from the right before turning to lift high over the bar. Colclough had a go himself next, slipping inside from the right but couldn’t keep his firmly hit shot down.

Scunthorpe were settling into their stride, beginning to ask some questions that were, to be fair, largely answered by the home defence. A tidy sequence of play ended with van Veen picking up a pass before hitting a rising drive from 30-plus yards that failed to trouble Salford keeper Mark Howard.

The emergency loanee from Blackpool would be busy again soon afterwards. Colclough lifted another chance over the bar before Lee Novak found space inside the area, nudging an unselfish pass into the path of van Veen. The Dutch striker’s low 18-yarder was had pace but Howard was equal to it, getting down to his left and pushing the shot away.

Just before the half-hour Scunthorpe put together another incisive build-up and Colclough broke clear of the home defence. A neat pass found Ward whose attempt to curl home a shot was blocked. Colclough was on hand to claim the loose ball, but his follow-up effort took a deflection and again Howard mas able to make the save.

The Iron had been making most of the attacking running, and took the lead 11 minutes before half-time. VAN VEEN’s pass to Ward was returned and from 16 yards out and just left of centre the former Northampton front-man cleverly made a yard of space then powered a left-footer into the roof of the net.

Salford struggled to find a quick response to the goal but did manage to exert some pressure as the interval approached. An Ibou Touray free-kick from the right was noddded out for a corner and Lois Maynard met the delivery with a near post header that sailed over the bar. It looked very much as if Scunthorpe would take their single goal lead into the break, but during the 1st minute of time added that situation changed.

Touray lined up another free-kick from deep on the right and his left-footed delivery was a good one. BURGESS kept his eyes on the ball as he moved forward inside the area, then beat McArdle in the air before looping a header over the stranded Watson and into the net. A well-taken first Salford goal for the tall central defender, scored against his parent club.

HALF-TIME: SALFORD CITY 1 SCUNTHORPE UNITED 1

A blow for the Iron right on the stroke of half-time and after a relatively comfortable first half the visitors would have more defending to do after the interval.

Initially though it would be Scunthorpe in the attacking ascendancy and once again the first chance of the half went to them. This time it came courtesy of a Colclough corner from the left. Rory McArdle got up beyond the far post, but under defensive pressure could only glance a header wide.

At the other end a Conway free-kick was nodded into the 6-yard box by Adam Rooney, with Burgess almost managing to turn the ball past Watson.

Another quick Iron attack almost unlocked the home defence as Novak picked up van Veen’s pass before sliding a ball to meet Ward’s run on the left. A low, teasing ball across the 6-yard box caused consternation for the home supporters but there was nobody in a blue shirt to get a touch.

In the 57th minute Ward and Junior Brown combined on the left for Scunthorpe before a pass was played inside, into the path of van Veen. This was a good chance, but the striker was left frustrated as his shot flashed disappointingly over the crossbar.

Salford were having plenty of possession, yet Scunthorpe looked dangerous when they got the chance to push forward. The Ammies weren’t testing Iron keeper Watson too much, but they almost prised open Scunthorpe’s defence just before the hour. Conway and Jake Jervis swapped passes and the former looked favourite to get in a shot from inside the area until Harrison McGahey put in a fine, ball-winning challenge.

Conway was involved again a couple of minutes afterwards, darting for the line on the left before hitting a low ball to the near post. Mani Dieseruvwe – on for Armstong at half-time got there first but it was difficult, and he could only flick a first-time effort over the bar.

The big centre-forward had another opportunity as Scott Wiseman delivered a cross from the right, with Dieseruvwe heading over from 7 yards.

This was turning into Salford’s best spell of the game and in the 66th minute Dieseruvwe collected Conway’s pass before slipping neatly past Brown. A right-flank gallop followed, then a lofted cross-field ball that was controlled by Rooney on the far side of the area. A low pass was duly played into the middle but there were plenty of sky-blue shirts in attendance and the danger fizzled out.

There would be more pressure for Scunthorpe to soak up and both Jervis and Maynard had shots charged down in quick succession.

Scunthorpe manager Paul Hurst made a couple of changes with just over 15 minutes left. One of those substitutes wasted little time in creating a chance as Aba Eisa did well to control a dropping ball before sliding a pass out the left. Novak was there to slam in a low, angled drive, only for Howard to save at the base of his right-hand upright.

Both sides were looking for the win, but it was Salford who came agonizingly close to that vital 2nd goal. Eleven minutes from the end Joey Jones tested Watson with a shot from distance that the keeper struggled to hold. Rooney closed in and almost nudged the ball away from the prone Watson, but luck was with the keeper and McArdle was on hand to knock the ball behind for a corner. Conway delivered from the left and Maynard arrived, stooping on the edge of the 6-yard box to get in a header that came back off Watson. Dieseruvwe couldn’t quite prod the loose ball home, then McArdle sprawled to poke a clearance away to his left. Nathan Pond got there to fire in a low shot from the right-hand angle of the 6-yard box, but Watson – or maybe one of his defenders – managed to turn that effort around the upright.

So close for Salford but there would be no cigar this time. A minute or so later Dieseruvwe had another opportunity but could only lift an effort over from 12 yards out.

The Iron might have had a bit of an escape, but they certainly hadn’t abandoned hopes of taking all 3 points back to Lincolnshire. Six minutes from time Novak touched back a pass from the left-hand side of the box for Matthew Lund to curl an 18-yarder wide of the far post.

In the penultimate minute of the 90 Eisa’s surging run took him to the line on the left and he managed to pull a pass back into the path of Novak. It looked as if the Iron might just snatch those points after all, but Burgess was there to foil his parent club again with a timely and brave blocking challenge.

With only a single minute of time added on, there would be no more incidents of note and the Ammies had their first draw in 9 outings.

FULL-TIME: SALFORD CITY 1 SCUNTHORPE UNITED 1

Both sides had spells on top and both spurned good chances in front of goal, so in the final analysis that was probably a fair enough result. The point pushes Salford into the top half of the league table for the first time this season and the month of October has yielded 3 wins, this draw and a single defeat.

That’s a run of form that suggests the Ammies are adjusting to life in the highly competitive world of EFL League Two – a much different place from the club’s non-league past.

Progress is being made and we can be quietly optimistic about next week’s trip to Newport County.

Attendance: 3,448 (including 1,231 from Scunthorpe)

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