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Salford City FC
Vaclav Hladky
Ibou Touray
Yellow card for Ibou Touray

Wilson 75'

Jason Lowe
Ash Eastham (c)
Ash Hunter
Di'Shon Bernard
Jordan Turnbull
Yellow card for Jordan Turnbull
Richie Towell

Thomas-Asante 63'

Robbie Gotts
Paul Coutts
Ian Henderson
Carlisle United
Paul Farman
George Tanner
1 goals for George Tanner
Nick Anderton (c)
Aaron Hayden
Joe Riley
Callum Guy
Omari Patrick

Zanzala 64'

Jon Mellish
Yellow card for Jon Mellish
Josh Kayode
Brennan Dickenson

Alessandra 69'

Rhys Bennett
Yellow card for Rhys Bennett
William Evans
Tom James
Luke Burgess
Oscar Threlkeld
James Wilson
Mani Dieseruvwe
Brandon Thomas-Asante
Magnus Norman
Lewis Alessandra
Offrande Zanzala
Rod McDonald
Jack Armer
Dean Furman
Gime Touré
Manager - Richie Wellens
Head Coach - Chris Beech
Match Officals
Referee - Kevin Johnson
Assistant Referee - Joe Clark
Assistant Referee - Danny Gratton
Fourth Official - Martin Woods

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Salford City’s bid to record a third successive win was frustrated as visitors Carlisle United battled to 1-1 draw. James Wilson’s goal 15 minutes from time was the least the Ammies deserved, but an inspired display from Cumbrians’ keeper Paul Farman and his defensive colleagues left the teams with a point apiece. Richie Wellens’ side are two points outside the automatic promotion penalties after this game and the last unbeaten home record in the top 4 divisions remains intact.

There were no changes from the side that worked hard to beat Barrow on Tuesday night, and only one on the bench where Mani Dieseruvwe replaced Bruno Andrade.

Salford would dominate possession for much of this game, yet the first threat of a goal came from the visitors. Carlisle aren’t the only League Two side to include long throws in their arsenal and in the 3rd minute one of them was cleared as far as Callum Guy. A high cross was launched in the direction of the far post where the stretching Rhys Bennett could only glance a header wide of the target.

The Ammies had the ball in the net a couple of minutes later after Carlisle failed to clear their lines convincingly following Ash Hunter’s free-kick from deep on the right. Paul Coutts thought he’d scored his first Salford goal after slamming a 15-yarder into the net, only for the referee to award Carlisle a free kick for an earlier infringement.

Richie Towell was the next to have a go, getting in a 22-yarder from right of centre that clipped off United skipper Nick Anderton before dropping behind for a corner. Farman claimed the delivery when it came in before initiating a counter. Anderton got in a cross from the left, with the ball cleared as far as GEORGE TANNER. The former Manchester United man spent the second half of last season on loan at Salford without kicking a ball in anger, but he certainly caught this one nicely enough. A low right-of-centre drive from the edge of the area gave Václav Hladký no chance as it found its way inside his right-hand post.

An early blow for the Ammies but they responded positively enough, getting men forward in an attempt to break down a determined Carlisle defence. The game was would get a little bit tetchy from time to time, and Ibou Touray was yellow-carded for a hefty challenge on goalscorer Tanner.

In the 24th minute Touray was involved again, curling a good cross from the left towards the near post. Ian Henderson had got ahead of his marker but his deft close-range header was brilliantly saved as Farman instinctively extended a hand to push the ball away. An offside flag rendered the stop irrelevant, but Farman would have been pleased with it anyway.

Salford were seeing lots of the ball but at times were a touch careless with it, and United’s well-drilled defence were digging in. Chances were proving difficult to come by, although 10 minutes before the interval Robbie Gotts passed inside from the left for Jason Lowe to hammer in a shot that cannoned off United defender Aaron Hayden.

Soon after that Touray set off on a driving run through the inside-left channel before slipping a pass to the left for Gotts. The Leeds loanee squared low across the 6-yard box, but nobody in a red shirt was close enough to get in a shot. The same combination almost found a way through in the 40th minute as this time Touray slid a pass into the left-hand side of the penalty area. Gotts very nearly got it under control as he advanced, but a defender managed to poke the ball behind for a corner.

That was the end of the first half action, and if Salford hadn't quite found their best attacking rhythm, they probably didn't deserve to trail.


There were no changes at the interval and the Cumbrians would make a lively start to the second half. Just a couple of minutes in the ball fell temptingly for Tanner, right of centre and 20 yards out, but this time he couldn’t keep his shot down.

In the 50th minute Brennan Dickenson’s corner from the left dropped beyond the far post where Hayden got in a header. It was a decent effort from the big defender, with Hladký forced to shovel the ball away from the base of his right-hand upright.

Salford’s first decent attack of the second half very nearly produced an equaliser after Henderson did well to pick up possession wide on the left and just inside Carlisle’s half. He did even better to turn and play a low diagonal pass that split the United defence wide open to send Lowe racing towards goal. The combative midfielder looked odds-on to score his first goal in Salford’s colours, but was left awaiting that landmark as the advancing Harman spread himself well to deflect the low 12-yarder to safety.

A big, big opportunity for the Ammies and although it wasn’t converted, it did kick off a spell of domination that would last for the rest of the match.

In the 55th minute Lowe played a lobbed pass out to the left where Hunter controlled before delivering a teasing cross into the box. Henderson was inches away from getting his head to it at the near post and soon after he planted a header from Touray's lofted left-flank cross straight at Farman when you would have fancied him to bury the chance.

In between those two Salford openings Anderton had found some space at the other end, only to lift a 25-yard left-of-centre effort high over the bar.

Carlisle won a free kick just before the hour following a foul on long-throw specialist Josh Kayode. This was dangerous for the Ammies but from 22 yards out and just left of centre Joe Riley’s effort dropped just outside Hladký’s left-hand post.

Generally though it was Salford who looked the more threatening side and Hunter collected a lobbed Henderson pass to the right before cutting inside on a run that took him to a central position. A left-footed shot followed, but Hayden was on hand to charge it down. Possession fell to Gotts on the left but his attempt to curl an effort home dropped just outside the far post.

The Ammies needed a goal, and with 63 minutes played Brandon Thomas-Asante was introduced in place of Towell. The substitute almost made a quick impact as minutes later he crossed from the left only for the ball to drop just over the Hunter’s head in the middle.

The courtesy was returned midway through the second half as Hunter delivered from deep on the right, with Farman punching clear as Thomas-Asante closed in.

Carlisle were defending well and it was limbering up to be “one of these days” from the Ammie point of view. However with 15 minutes to Wilson came on for Touray and the change would pay almost almost immediate dividends.

In the 78th minute Henderson surged forward on the right before crossing high and long to the far side of the box. Thomas-Asante was there, in space, only to be denied a goal as Farman got an outstretched foot to his low shot on goal. Another good save from the United keeper but this time fortune was against him. The loose ball fell for WILSON who kept his composure, controlled adroitly then turned on a sixpence before dispatching a rising 12-yarder into the back of the net.

A very much deserved leveller, even though it took a while to arrive and the Ammies were soon looking to grab another goal.

The Cumbrians were being pushed back, but they were still defending well and not losing their shape at the back. With 5 minutes to go Coutts played a low corner to Gotts, on the near side of the area, before receiving the return pass. His second delivery was hit low and hard along the edge of the 6-yard box, but nobody could get a touch.

There was some defending for the Ammies to do as the final whistle approached, but they did it competently enough. As the game moved into 4 minutes of time added on Salford were back on the offensive and a chance to snatch all 3 points presented itself during the 2nd of them. Wilson’s cross from the right picked out Hunter on the left and he headed back inside. Henderson was on the end it it but from 10 yards out didn’t quite get enough on a shot that bounced wide of Farman’s right-hand upright.


A Salford performance that fell somewhere between the Cambridge and Barrow displays in terms of quality and they will look back on this as 2 points lost. Carlisle’s early goal was avoidable but after that the Ammies did well, particularly during a second half that they bossed almost entirely.

Some great keeping from Farman, allied to a defence marshalled by the considerable form of Hayden frustrated the Ammies, who on another day might have been looking back on a two-goal margin of victory.

A great finish from Wilson preserved the home unbeaten record and kept the recent momentum going. We now have back-to-back away trips, starting with a game at fellow contenders Morecambe on Tuesday before a long trip to face relegation threatened Southend United next weekend.

Games are coming thick and fast, and the task now is straightforward - pile up enough points to finish inside the top 3. Salford City are currently tucked in just behind the leaders, but in this tight division things can change quickly and consistency is very much the key.