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Salford City FC
Tom King
Ibou Touray
Yellow card for Ibou Touray
Jason Lowe
Ash Eastham (c)
Corrie Ndaba
Tyreik Wright
1 goals for Tyreik Wright

Thomas-Asante 63'

Matthew Lund
Josh Morris
Yellow card for Josh Morris
Conor McAleny
1 goals for Conor McAleny

N'Mai 85'

Liam Shephard
Ian Henderson
1 goals for Ian Henderson Yellow card for Ian Henderson

Mellor 90+3'

Newport County
Joe Day
Cameron Norman
Yellow card for Cameron Norman
Ryan Haynes
Ed Upson
James Clarke
Priestley Farquharson

Collins 59'

Robbie Willmott

Abraham 36'

Jermaine Hylton
Alex Fisher
Scot Bennett (c)
Christopher Missilou

Dolan 36'

Zach Jeacock
Luke Burgess
Jordan Turnbull
D'Mani Mellor
Tylor Golden
Kelly N'Mai
Yellow card for Kelly N'Mai
Brandon Thomas-Asante
Nick Townsend
Matty Dolan
Aaron Lewis
Timmy Abraham
Yellow card for Timmy Abraham
Lewis Collins
Kevin Ellison
Manager - Gary Bowyer
Assistant Manager - Wayne Hatswell
Match Officals
Referee - Benjamin Speedie
Assistant Referee - Helen Edwards
Assistant Referee - Billy Smallwood
Fourth Official - Graeme Fyvie

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Three goals scored during the opening 30 minutes proved more than enough for Salford City to pick up their first win of the season. Visitors Newport County never really recovered after falling behind with just 40 seconds on the clock, and by half-time their chances of taking anything back to Wales other than a profound sense of disappointment had effectively evaporated. The Ammies might have added more goals during an open second half, but the job was done and Gary Bowyer’s side will be relieved to secure their first 3-pointer of 2021-2022.

There were no changes from the XI that started last week’s unfortunate defeat to Swindon Town. The returning Jordan Turnbull was among the substitutes, as was D’Mani Mellor, signed on loan from Manchester United.

Salford City needed a win to kickstart their season and not all of the crowd had taken their positions in the ground before they went ahead. With barely half a minute played the Ammies hustled Newport out of possession and Ian Henderson’s pass sent TYREIK WRIGHT through the middle and into the area. Exiles’ keeper Joe Day advanced to narrow the angles only to be beaten as the Aston Villa loanee swept a low left-footer past him and into the net.

A good move, a neat finish and a perfect start to the afternoon for Salford City.

Former Newport keeper Tom King had to be alert in the 4th minute, advancing at speed to punt clear after Liam Shephard’s back-pass fell a little short. Other than that, Salford looked composed and in control, playing some neat stuff as they searched for another route through the visiting defence.

Newport held them at bay for a while but their defence was sliced open in the 18th minute. Jason Lowe’s ball forward found Josh Morris who slipped a pass to the right-hand side of the box for CONOR McALENY. The former Oldham Athletic forward steadied himself before placing a low finish across Day and just inside the far post.

A first Salford goal for McAleny and he would be a handful for the County defence throughout the afternoon.

The Exiles were struggling to find a foothold, and despite occasional outbreaks of crisp passing they were unable to create a chance. Midway through the first-half McAleny wriggled his way into the box again where he prodded in a low right-of-centre effort that beat Day only to clip off the far post on its way out for a goal kick.

That could so easily have been a 3rd for the Ammies, but they would have to wait a little while longer for their next goal. In the meantime, and somewhat out of the blue, Newport very nearly hauled themselves back into the game. Just before the half-hour Ed Upson's nodded header dropped temptingly for Christopher Missilou whose acrobatic half-volleyed effort from nearly 30 yards came back off the inside of King’s right-hand upright, with the keeper well beaten.

That one would have been a bit special but just 3 minutes later the game was pushed even further out of Newport’s reach. Scot Bennett’s pass back to Day was never going to get there and HENDERSON nipped in to take the ball around the keeper before rolling a simple finish into the empty net.

County were in disarray and 8 minutes before the break they replaced Missilou an Robbie Willmott with Timmy Abraham and Matty Dolan.

County were able to build up a little attacking momentum as the interval approached, and during the 3rd minute of time added on Dolan curled a corner from the right towards the far post. Abraham clearly raised a hand to push the ball over the line and his optimistic celebrations were cut short when the referee disallowed the ‘goal’ and brandished a yellow card.


A very satisfactory first half for Salford City and within 2 minutes of the restart Matty Lund’s low 20-yarder was saved and held by Day.

There had probably been some strong words in the County dressing room during the break and they would create a chance or two during the second half. Generally though Salford continued to offer more threat and Lund’s left-of-centre effort cleared the far post by a comfortable distance.

Abraham showed a turn of pace on the left in the 55th minute, getting almost to the line before delivering a low ball to the near post. Alex Fisher darted forward to meet it only for home skipper Ash Eastham to get in a timely clearance. Soon after that Ryan Haynes tied his luck, drilling in a low shot from distance on the left that King saved and held on to.

The game had opened up and a Morris run to the edge of the box was followed by a rising effort that cleared the crossbar. Former Exile Shephard hit an effort from outside the box on the right, with the ball whistling outside Day’s left-hand post.

Brandon Thomas-Asante replaced Wright in the 63rd minute but for a while it was Newport who carried more attacking menace. A Dolan 22-yarder from left of centre crashed into Eastham before Abraham again pushed forward on the left. A pass inside picked out Fisher who turned and shot from a position just to the left of the penalty spot. A decent effort, but too close to King who made a comfortable enough save.

A decent spell for the visitors but it hadn’t produced the goal they desperately needed. With 14 minutes left a long throw came in from the left and the ball bounced its way towards the far post. Abraham was there, but as Lund closed him down could only screw an angled effort wide of the target.

Thomas-Asante had looked lively since coming on and he had already lashed a 22-yarder over the bar before moving inside from the left with 13 minutes left. A curling effort from the edge of the area came back off the far post and Lund could only lift the rebound over the bar.

Barely 60 seconds later Henderson squared low from the right, with McAleny side-footing an effort that was saved by Day. It was all Salford at this stage and Thomas-Asante stroked a pass to the left, with McAleny heading for the line. A low delivery into the middle was tucked back by Henderson only for Lund to scoop a shot wide of the keeper’s right-hand post.

That should have been a 4th for Salford and they rolled forward again in an attempt to boost their goal difference further. A Morris pass forward was picked up by Thomas-Asante whose run was finished off by a low ball to the near post. A defender could only prod clear, and Henderson lifted a 10-yard effort over the target.

County had conceded 8 at home to Southampton during a midweek League Cup tie and to be honest they could have shipped another big total today. With 8 minutes left Morris’s pass to the right found Thomas-Asante and his 20-yarder clipped off a defender and out for a corner.

Newport emerged from that spell of intense pressure without going further behind and could have recorded a spectacular goal 7 minutes from time. Fisher elected to try a lob from fully 45 yards out, with King moving smartly to his left to clutch the ball at the angle of post an bar.

Academy forward Kelly Nmai made his first-team debut with 5 minutes left and picked up a booking before tricking his way into the area from the left, deep into time added on. It could have been a particularly memorable first appearance for the youngster but his angled effort cleared the crossbar by a yard or two.


It had been a frustrating start to the season for Gary Bowyer and his team, but this performance went some way towards soothing those early disappointments. Right from the start Salford looked the more positive and energetic side and after taking that early lead they would never look back.

That healthy half-time lead could easily have been doubled after the interval, with only some careless finishing standing between the Ammies and a scoreline that would have raised eyebrows throughout League Two.

Focus switches to the EFL Trophy on Tuesday evening and a trip to Oldham for a Group Stage game. Next Saturday sees a return to league action and a journey up the M6 to Carlisle United. After today’s performance hopes will be high that the Ammies’ season can click into top gear.