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Salford City FC
1
Vaclav Hladky
3
Ibou Touray
4
Jason Lowe
Yellow card for Jason Lowe
5
Ash Eastham (c)
6
Tom Clarke
10
Ash Hunter
1 goals for Ash Hunter
16
Jordan Turnbull
18
Oscar Threlkeld
19
James Wilson
1 goals for James Wilson

Armstrong 87'

37
Brandon Thomas-Asante
Yellow card for Brandon Thomas-Asante
40
Ian Henderson

Jones 90+2'

Oldham Athletic
1
Ian Lawlor
2
Harry Clarke
3
Cameron Borthwick-Jackson
Yellow card for Cameron Borthwick-Jackson
5
Carl Piergianni (c)
Yellow card for Carl Piergianni (c)
7
George Blackwood

Dearnley 61'

8
Callum Whelan
10
Davis Keillor-Dunn
11
Bobby Grant

Rowe 71'

14
Dylan Fage
15
Kyle Jameson

Bahamboula 61'

16
Brice Ntambwe
Substitutes
31
William Evans
7
Luke Armstrong
11
Bruno Andrade
12
Di'Shon Bernard
15
Luke Burgess
24
Martin Smith
25
Joey Jones
Substitutes
33
Laurence Bilboe
9
Danny Rowe
17
Jordan Barnett
19
Zak Dearnley
24
Dylan Bahamboula
25
Alfie McCalmont
34
Tom Hamer
Managers
Interim Head Coach - Paul Scholes
Managers
Head Coach - Harry Kewell
Match Officals
Referee - Anthony Backhouse
Assistant Referee - Joe Clark
Assistant Referee - Alistair Nelson
Fourth Official - Ben Toner

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A goal in each half was enough to earn Salford City victory against local rivals Oldham Athletic at The Peninsula Stadium. James Wilson put the Ammies ahead, scoring for the 5th consecutive home game, with Ash Hunter sealing a deserved win 17 minutes from time. The Latics played some neat football at times yet lacked a cutting edge against the meanest defence in League Two.

Interim manager Paul Scholes made no changes to the XI that started last week’s 1-1 draw with Crawley Town, but there was a shake-up on the bench. Out went Tylor Golden, Liam Loughlan and Tom Elliot, with Joey Jones, Luke Burgess and Joey Jones coming in.

Torrential rain an hour or two before kick-off had been replaced by pleasant sunshine by the time the game got underway. The Ammies were soon looking for an early goal and within 2 minutes James Wilson got into the box on the left before pulling a pass back into the path of Ash Hunter. The former Fleetwood man has an eye for goal but on this occasion couldn’t keep his shot down.

A couple of minutes later Wilson pushed forward on the left again and from his low delivery Ian Henderson got in a shot that was blocked by ex-Ammie Carl Piergianni. Salford were looking lively and in the 6th minute a neat Henderson pass found Wilson in space, inside the box and on the left. Wilson is in fine scoring form and here he tried to lift the ball over Latics keeper Ian Lawlor, who got a touch before Piergianni ushered the ball to safety.

Wilson had another opportunity shortly afterwards, getting into the area on the right before drawing a decent save from Lawlor with a low, angled shot.

Oldham’s first sight of goal came in the 11th minute after Davis Keillor-Dunn’s corner from the left was flicked on, falling nicely for Cameron Borthwick-Jackson beyond the far post. The left-foot volley that followed was well executed but the ball smashed into the side-netting.

An entertaining start to the game and Brandon Thomas-Asante was the next to fancy his chances. The striker let fly with a thunderous effort from outside the box, only to see the ball crash into the midriff of an Oldham defender. Keillor-Dunn’s advance towards the West Stand was finished off by a low drive that passed inches wide of Václav Hladký’s right-hand post.

A decent chance for the Latics, but they found themselves a goal down just a minute later. Thomas-Asante’s typically powerful run from the right took him past a challenge and his ball into the middle was diverted towards goal by Henderson. Piergianni got in a block, but the ball spun away to his right where WILSON was on hand to tap home from close range.

A relatively simple finish for a player who specialises in the spectacular, but no less valuable.

Oldham looked for a quick response and on 25 minutes Dylan Fage’s effort from 22 yards and right of centre was deflected outside Hladký’s left-hand upright for a corner. Home midfielder Jason Lowe was booked for a foul on Callum Whelan, with the free-kick entrusted to Keillor-Dunn. He hit it quite well from 22 yards out and left of centre, beating the wall but not Hladký who made a comfortable save to his right.

Salford exerted more pressure before half-time, with Hunter slipping a pass through to Wilson on the left. A low 18-yarder followed but the effort was too close to Lawlor, who was able to gather. Next up was Thomas-Asante who turned smartly just outside the area only to lift a first-time effort high over the crossbar. The former MK Don surged into the area from the right after that, keeping his feet despite being clipped only to hit the turf after losing his balance. You see penalties given for that sort of contact but this time the referee allowed play to continue.

An injury to Hladký meant we had 4 minutes of time added on, and Oldham spent most of it camped inside the Salford half passing the ball around with some style. Space opened up for Bobby Grant, 20 yards out and right of centre, but as he got in a shot Jordan Turnbull slid in to make the block. The Latics must have strung 20 passes together after that but weren’t able to find one that could unlock the home defence. A strong Hunter challenge on Whelan finally lifted the pressure, just before the referee blew his whistle for half time.

HALF-TIME: SALFORD CITY 1 OLDHAM ATHLETIC 0

Within 3 minutes of the restart Latics won a free-kick wide on the right, but from some distance Grant could only blaze a shot yards over the crossbar.

There was something of an attacking lull after that, lifted in the 57th minute when Hunter moved in from the left before lofting an effort wide of the far post. Within another minute Oldham could have levelled the scores after Grant played a pass inside from the left, finding Whelan in acres of space on the edge of the box. Hladký advanced to narrow the angles but must have been relieved when the Oldham man’s low, poked effort rolled outside his right-hand post.

A bit of a let-off for the Ammies and Oldham manager Harry Kewell made a double change shortly afterwards, introducing Zak Dearnley and Dylan Bahamboula for George Blackwood and Kyle Jameson.

Dearnley has a habit of scoring after coming on as a substitute and Oldham’s attacking ambitions would be invigorated for a while after his introduction. The Latics moved the ball around well at times, but once again struggled to pierce a solid Salford rearguard.

The visitors almost gifted a goal to the Ammies on 65 minutes when Borthwick-Jackson, on the halfway line and wide on the left, played a diagonal ball back, and straight to Wilson. A gallop to the edge of the box ensued, with Wilson keeping a nose ahead of his marker before driving in a low, angled effort from the left that Lawlor had to shovel around the post.

The Latics almost managed to find that elusive bit of attacking quality 3 minutes later after Bahamboula’s pass found Whelan on the right. A low diagonal pass towards the far post very nearly picked out Grant’s run, but the Oldham forward couldn’t quite get there, and the chance was gone.

Salford were still in top, as they had been for virtually all of this game, yet needed a second goal to give themselves a little breathing space. With 19 minutes left the busy Thomas-Asante turned outside the area before sliding a forward pass into the box for Wilson to chase. In the event Lawlor got there first and the flag had gone up for offside as well.

That second goal arrived in the 73rd minute, with Thomas-Asante involved again as a great pass out to the left played Henderson into space. The experienced striker advanced before moving inside to nudge a neat pass right into the path of the rapidly advancing HUNTER. Oldham’s defence was stretched and a 12-yard low, side-footed effort beat Lawlor to his left.

Even with the best part of 20 minutes to play, an Oldham comeback looked unlikely. Three minutes after Hunter’s goal Henderson tried his luck from the right, only to see his low effort roll harmlessly wide of the far post.

With 7 minutes to play Keillor-Dunn found himself in space on the edge of the box and a little to the left of centre. His attempt to place a lofted effort inside the far post was a decent idea, but he didn’t get enough curve on a effort that flew wide of the target.

Thomas-Asante has gone 16 games without a goal and deserved one this afternoon for his impressive all-round contribution. In the 84 minute he set off in chase of a ball that dropped deep into Oldham’s half, only to be thwarted as Lawlor slid in to clear a split second before he could get there.

Oldham were still looking to grab a goal and Keillor-Dunn passed inside from the left, picking out Dearnley on the edge of the area and centrally positioned. A quick turn was followed by a low shot, but it was a tame effort that posed Hladký no real problems.

The Czech keeper almost earned himself an assist after that, picking out Thomas-Asante on the right with a long accurate pass. The effort from a tight angle was saved by Lawlor and the Oldham keeper would have one more save to make.

In the final minute of the 90 Thomas-Asante’s pass found substitute Luke Armstrong whose shot from the edge of the box was pushed away to the left by Oldham's keeper.

There was a welcome sight for Salford fans during time added on as Joey Jones replaced Henderson following an extended period our because of illness and injury. By then though, the points were safely in Salford’s bag.

FULL-TIME: SALFORD CITY 2 OLDHAM ATHLETIC 0

A powerful, organized performance from the Ammies that could have yielded more goals. A solid win though, and another clean sheet – no side in League Two has conceded less goals than Salford City.

Promotion winning sides are built around good defences and it does no harm having players capable of creating and scoring goals either. The Ammies have these qualities, and although sterner tests await there are real signs of a talented side beginning to click.

Next up is a trip to second placed Cambridge United on Tuesday evening – it won’t be easy, but you wouldn’t bet against the Ammies on the road…

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