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Salford City FC
Tom King
Donald Love
Ibou Touray
Jason Lowe
Ash Eastham (C)
Matthew Lund
Yellow card for Matthew Lund
Tom Elliott

Dackers 79'

Josh Morris
Jordan Turnbull
Liam Shephard

Wright 79'

Brandon Thomas-Asante

Oteh 79'

Scott Loach
Calvin Miller
Emmanuel Oyeleke
Curtis Weston (C)
Liam Mandeville
1 goals for Liam Mandeville

Clarke 90'

Jim Kellermann
1 goals for Jim Kellermann
Kabongo Tshimanga

Payne 90'

Luke Croll

Khan 51'

Jamie Grimes
Alex Whittle
Fraser Kerr
Joel Torrance
Tyreik Wright
Conor McAleny
Aramide Oteh
Tylor Golden
Andy Smith
Marcus Dackers
Theo Vassell
Melvin Minter
Jack Clarke
Jak McCourt
Nathan Tyson
Stefan Payne
Saidou Khan
Manager - Gary Bowyer
Manager - James Rowe
Match Officals
Referee - Ross Joyce
Assistant Referee - Lewis Raper
Assistant Referee - Joe Clarke
Fourth Official - Peter Wright

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The FA Cup 3rd Round remains on Salford City’s ‘To Do’ list following Chesterfield’s 2-0 win at The Peninsula Stadium. In front of ITV’s cameras the Ammies would have lots of possession and a fair few efforts on goal, although crucially they couldn’t stick any of them away. Chesterfield’s statistics were more modest, except the one that counts most as goals from Liam Mandeville and Jim Kellermann booked a place amongst the Premier League and Championship big boys.

There were no changes to the side that started the win over Oldham Athletic 8 days ago and courtesy of the broadcaster the game got underway at the unusual time of 5:15pm.

The early stages were brisk, with both sides looking keen to grab a quick advantage. Brandon Thomas-Asante has been in fine form of late and he forced the game’s first save of note as Spireites keeper Scott Loach got behind a low effort. Chesterfield went closer a minute or two later as Calvin Miller attacked the line on the left before whipping a very decent cross into the area. Luke Croll met the ball with a firm header, forcing Tom King to fling himself to the left and push the effort away.

Miller was involved again soon afterwards, getting in a shot from the right only to see it blocked by a red-shirted defender.

Thomas-Asante intercepted a wayward Mandeville pass before setting off on a powerful run that almost took him into the penalty area. The Chesterfield midfielder set off in chase, finally resorting to a sliding trip that curtailed the Salford striker’s progress. The Ammies had a free-kick and from about 20 yards out and just to the right of centre Josh Morris hit a low effort that Loach couldn’t hold on to. Thomas-Asante got to the loose ball first, prodding an effort towards goal only for the grounded Loach to redeem himself by deflecting the ball wide off an outstretched leg.

Morris’s left-footed corner from the right caused a degree of concern for the Chesterfield defence, with one of their number forced to head behind again. The next Morris corner was less problematic for the Spireites as the overhit delivery drifted out for a goal kick beyond the far upright.

In the 17th minute Mandeville’s first-time lifted pass from the halfway line almost sent Spirites’ top scorer Kabongo Tshimanga clear on goal. The offside flag spared any real concern for the Ammies and although the decision was close, it was probably correct.

Midway through the first half Liam Shephard’s free-kick from the left dropped towards the far post. Jordan Turnbull headed the first-round winner at Dagenham & Redbridge and almost opened the scoring here, getting in a 4-yard downwards header that Loach did well to push around the post.

At the other end a miskick from Salford skipper Ash Eastham allowed Tshimanga to push forward on the left. Eastham got back to cover and when the Chestefield striker rolled a low ball into the middle it was cleared by a defender. In the 25th minute Alex Whittle pushed forward on the left and his low delivery fizzed across the 6-yard box with Tshimanga not quite able to get to it.

This was a decent spell for the visitors and Jim Kellermann was the next to make ground on the left. Again Tshimanga had found a decent position in the middle only for the cross to sail over his head and away to safety on the far side.

The better chances had probably gone Salford’s way so far, but the first goal would go to Chesterfield. A long kick from Loach dropped for Kellermann on the left and a neat first-time pass inside picked out MANDEVILLE. The midfielder took touch before unleashing a terrific rising drive that beat King and cannoned off the underside of the crossbar before dropping into the net.

A strike tailor-made for the TV cameras, although from a Salford perspective Mandeville was probably afforded a little bit too much space before he accepted the invitation to have a pop at goal.

The Ammies looked to respond quickly to that setback and on the half-hour a Tom Elliott up and under from the right was chested back in the direction of Loach by Miller. Thomas-Asante had been Salford’s most dangerous player so far and he darted in to make an interception only to be foiled – just about – by the grounded Loach who managed to push the ball away.

Salford pushed forward again, with Ibou Touray lofting in a cross from the left for Elliott to get in a header that was saved and held by the crouching Loach.

The home side were pressing again and 8 minutes before half-time Thomas-Asante nicked possession away from Jamie Grimes on Salford’s right. A diagonal run into the box followed but before the trigger could be pulled Fraser Kerr got across to put in a well-timed sliding challenge at the expense of nothing more than a corner.

Chesterfield were caught napping again in the 42nd minute when Mandeville was robbed by Lund in the middle of the park. The former Rochdale man surged forward through the middle before slamming in an effort that Loach, diving full-length to his left, managed to push away to safety. The ball was played back into the danger area where Elliott got in a shot that was blocked by Kerr.


In terms of possession and efforts on goal Salford City didn’t really deserve to be behind. Football matches aren’t decided by those two factors though, and Gary Bowyer’s side had plenty of work to do when the second half got underway.

They could have been on level terms within 3 minutes of the restart after Shephard’s corner from the left dropped for Turnbull at the near post. One central defender almost teed up the other as Turnbull diverted the ball low towards the far upright where the stretching Eastham couldn’t quite get a decisive touch.

A couple of minutes later Morris got into space on the left before whipping in a great cross that dropped towards the penalty spot. Elliott arrived on the run, bundling over the not inconsiderable form of Grimes as he got in a header that cleared the crossbar by some distance.

A promising Salford spell to usher in the second half, and the visitors had been obliged to concentrate on defensive duties. In the 54th minute Elliott used his strength to dispossess Emmanuel Oyeleke in a deep position before advancing to slide a pass out to Donald Love on the right. The low cross that followed was picked up by Curtis Weston, but the Chesterfield skipper’s first touch was a poor one that allowed Thomas-Asante to nip in. From 8-yards out he slammed in an angled shot only for the alert Grimes to get in a great block that saw the ball run out for a corner.

Ten minutes of pressure for the Spireites to absorb, but they’d defended well, and Salford hadn’t managed to haul themselves back onto level terms. The game became more even, and the next big chance went to the visitors, in the 65th minute. Kellermann’s cross from wide on the left was a peach, and Tshimanga pulled away from Turnbull in the middle. The Chesterfield striker has averaged a goal a game so far and from 7 yards out and centrally positioned you’d have put money on him tucking this one away. The Spireite supporters behind the goal were left disappointed however as Tshimanga took his eye off the ball, failing to get his head to it with the goal at his mercy.

The Ammies were still seeing plenty of the ball yet struggled to find an increasingly elusive slice of quality in the final third. Chestefield were looking lively and seventeen minutes from time Kellermann did well to chase down a ball outside the box, prodding a pass to the right and into the path of Mandeville. Another shot from distance followed, but this one sliced wide of King’s left-hand upright instead of finding the net.

With 12 minutes to play, and with the game slipping away from them, Salford made a trio of changes. On came Marcus Dackers, Remi Oteh and Tyreik Wright with Elliott, Thomas-Asante and Shephard making way for them.

In the aftermath of those substitutions Salford began to press more consistently and Chesterfield’s stubborn defence was almost unlocked with 7 minutes left. Wright’s short pass inside from the left found Turnbull who from left of centre on the edge of the box hit a low shot that had Roach scrambling to his left to push away. Dackers tried to get to the loose ball but a Chesterfield player managed to poke it out for a corner. The set-piece was cleared for Touray to pick up possession before pushing forward on the left and getting in a cross. Under pressure, Grimes managed to nod the ball out of the 6-yard box but only as far as Oteh who screwed a left-footed 8 yarder outside Loach’s right-hand post.

As close as the Ammies had come for a while, but just a couple of minutes later their interest in this season’s FA Cup was effectively over. Tshimanga was wide on the right when he got his head to a lofted ball from the middle of the park. Having escaped the attentions of Touray he touched the ball past Love then cut into the penalty area. Good work from King forced Tshiminga wide again but a perfectly weighted square pass inside picked out KELLERMANN. From a tight angle on the outside edge of the 6-yard box the midfielder hit a rising effort just before Turnbull could get a challenge in, with the ball flicking off King’s raised left-arm and into the roof of the net.

Understandably enough, pandemonium erupted in the away end behind the Salford goal and the Spireites were heading for Monday’s 3rd Round draw.

Kellermann had time to get in a low 18-yarder that was saved by King after that, but the game was well and truly up for Salford City.


Salford City have been used to making headlines for the 'right' reasons over recent seasons, including one or two cup upsets against sides from higher divisions. The boot was on the other foot this evening as the Ammies’ FA Cup hopes were ended by a team from a lower division for the first time in 10 years. On the previous occasion, in September 2011, the Ammies went ahead at Ramsbottom United courtesy of a Jack Redshaw goal scored after just 35 seconds. Rammy recovered to win 2-1, but since then – generally speaking – the competition has been relatively kind to the Ammies.

The 3rd Round remains temporarily out of reach however and will stay that way for another 12 months at least. ‘Concentrating on the league’ has long been the dubious consolation for sides knocked out of cup competitions, but in Salford’s case the league campaign will now certainly be the sole focus.

A frustrating game for the Ammies who enjoyed lots of possession and managed to get in a decent number of shots at goal. Not for the first time this season, they failed to make those chances count and certainly need to be a little more clinical in their attacking play.

A cup campaign consigned to memory then, and we now return to the bread and butter of EFL League Two.

Next up is an away double-header, with Barrow the destination on Wednesday evening and Mansfield Town following up on Saturday. Three points from each of those would certainly make the Ammie world look a sunnier place before the hectic festive period gets underway.