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Scunthorpe United
33
Mark Howard
2
Jordan Clarke (c)
3
George Taft
8
Alex Gilliead
9
Ryan Loft

Dünnwald-Turan 86'

11
Abo Eisa
12
Junior Brown
20
Lewis Spence
22
Alfie Beestin
23
Jem Karacan

McAtee 69'

26
Tyler Cordner
Salford City FC
1
Vaclav Hladky
3
Ibou Touray
4
Jason Lowe
6
Tom Clarke (c)
10
Ash Hunter

Boyd 90+3'

16
Jordan Turnbull
18
Oscar Threlkeld
19
James Wilson

Elliott 90+4'

32
Tylor Golden
37
Brandon Thomas-Asante

Burgess 60'

40
Ian Henderson
1 goals for Ian Henderson
Substitutes
1
Rory Watson
4
Jacob Bedeau
14
Devarn Green
25
Jai Rowe
27
Kenan Dünnwald-Turan
30
Tom Pugh
45
John McAtee
Substitutes
31
William Evans
9
Tom Elliott
14
George Boyd
15
Luke Burgess
28
Alex Denny
35
Sam Fielding
39
Mo Touray
Managers
Manager - Neil Cox
Managers
Manager - Richie Wellens
Match Officals
Referee - Martin Coy
Assistant Referee - Christopher Ward
Assistant Referee - Wayne Grunnill
Fourth Official - Richard Wrigglesworth

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An Ian Henderson goal less than 2 minutes from time was enough to give Salford City a first win of the new year. In a game of relatively few chances the Ammies edged the attacking play, although in fairness neither keeper was tested too sternly during 90 minutes. Not a classic game by any means, but a solid all-round performance and Richie Wellens will be happy at pinching the points to lift his side into 5th place in the League Two table.

Injury and unavailability restricted the Salford manager’s options and there were defensive changes from the side that lost at Mansfield Town last Tuesday. With a happy event imminent in the Eastham household, Salford skipper Ash was replaced by Jordan Turnbull in the centre of defence. Tom Clarke switched inside to partner Turnbull, with Tylor Golden drafted into the right-back berth for the first time in a league game since the defeat at Port Vale in October.

A cold evening in Lincolnshire encouraged both sets of players to make a brisk start. Within the 2nd minute Scunthorpe striker Ryan Loft was fouled outside the penalty area, with Abo Eisa assuming responsibility for the free-kick. From just outside the box the Sudanese winger beat the defensive wall but not Václav Hladký who made a comfortable save.

Eisa was conjuring another threat minutes later, embarking on a powerful left-flank run finished off by a shot that flew wide of the far post.

Salford were looking lively too and on 10 minutes were denied a penalty after Clarke appeared to have been clipped inside the penalty area. You see those given, but on this occasion the referee indicated nothing more than a corner.

A bright enough opening – from both sides – although the evening’s pattern of defensive dominance was already beginning to become apparent. Even so, the Ammies almost unlocked Scunthorpe in the 15th minute after Oscar Threlkeld’s long ball forward dropped for Henderson. Having edged expertly ahead of a defender the experienced frontman made it to the edge of the penalty area before attempting to slide home a left-of-centre effort. Home keeper Mark Howard represented Salford a couple of times last season and thwarted his former club with a good blocking save.

A very presentable scoring opportunity although the game wouldn’t yield too many more of them. Some of the approach would be decent enough, but neither defence was in the mood to concede.

In the 18th minute Alfie Beestin & Loft moved possession to the right where Lewis Spence tried a 22-yarder that clipped off a defender and over the bar for a corner. Soon after that Brandon Thomas-Asante gave the ball away inside the Scunthorpe half and the home side quickly launched an attack. Spence swapped passes with Alex Gilliead on the right before swinging over a cross that dropped to the far edge of the 6-yard box. Loft got up above Golden but could only direct a header wide of the near upright.

A quite even opening quarter of the game, with both teams looking to attack yet being largely held at bay by the respective defences. In the 25th minute Ash Hunter found some space on the left-hand side of the penalty area and his low ball inside was scrambled clear by Howard and then a defender. Henderson picked up the loose ball on the left before playing a diagonal pass inside and back, into the path of Thomas-Asante. The striker had to slide to make contact and his angled effort went wide after taking a defensive deflection.

Eisa had been Scunthorpe’s liveliest performer so far and just before the half-hour a neat Spence pass played him into the left-hand side of the area. This looked like a chance but Golden, performing well on his recall to the side, was strong enough to usher the ball out for a goal kick.

This was a decent spell for the Iron and a powerful header from inside their own half set Loft away on a run through the middle. Fortunately for Salford Turnbull tracked the big striker all the way before executing a beautifully timed sliding challenge that pushed the ball back into the custody of Hladký.

Scunthorpe pressed again 10 minutes before the interval, with Hladký forced to punch away Eisa’s cross. A robust challenge on the keeper from George Taft was penalised by the referee long before Gilliead floated the loose ball over the keeper and into the net.

In the 39th minute Tom Clarke, under pressure from Loft, failed to get in a clearance but Hladký was alert to the danger, scooping up the ball before Eisa could get there.

At the other end Hunter’s corner from the left caused concern for the home defence, although nobody in a white shirt could get an effort in before the ball was eventually punted clear.

The final first-half incident of note came during its last minute after Gilliead’s corner from the left was flicked on by Taft. Eisa couldn’t find space for a shot so instead laid a pass off to Bournemouth loanee Tyler Cordner whose shot from just outside the area whistled wide of Hladký’s right-hand post.

HALF-TIME: SCUNTHORPE UNITED 0 SALFORD CITY 0

A modest first-half in terms of goalmouth action with the only real save of note coming from Scunthorpe’s Howard. Salford looked busy after the restart and Hunter’s low pass into the left-hand side of the box was intended for Henderson. Cordner got across and did well, winning possession and getting in a clearance.

On 55 minutes Thomas-Asante’s cross from the left was flicked on at the near post, almost falling for Jason Lowe at the far stick. In the event Eisa did enough, getting in to poke the ball behind for another corner, although this one was cleared without incident.

An Ibou Touray cross was plucked out of the air by Howard as Henderson closed in, but again the two sides were struggling to create anything clear cut.

On the hour Luke Burgess replaced Thomas-Asante for Salford and 5 minutes later the Ammies very nearly went ahead. Not for the last time during the evening Henderson’s persistence paid dividends as possession was nicked away from Cordner on the Ammies’ left. A short dart inside was followed by a good pass that found Hunter, totally unmarked in the area. The former Fleetwood man delicately chipped an angled effort from right of centre over Howard, only for the retreating Taft to arrive in the nick of time and clear from right in front of goal.

Nearly an opening goal for the visitors, but Scunthorpe pushed forward next with Loft slamming in a right-of-centre effort from nearly 30 yards that failed to trouble Hladký.

The Ammies were looking positive and Wilson’s ball forward was played on to Henderson by Hunter. A cross from the right dropped just beyond the far post, but the angle was tight for Burgess whose close-range effort ended up in the side-netting.

Paul Hurst made a change with 20 minutes to play, and it could well have had an immediate impact. John McAtee came on for Jem Karacan and he picked up an Eisa pass to the right. McAtee did well to work himself a yard and his low, angled 18-yarder forced Hladký into a save as the keeper dropped smartly to his right to hold on to the ball. The Ammies countered but Henderson’s attempt to curl home from 20 yards and left-of-centre was straight at Howard.

Henderson acrobatically met a cross from the right soon afterwards, only to see his 10-yard airborne volley drop just wide of Howard’s left-hand upright.

With 14 minutes to play a free-kick from Scunthorpe’s left dropped for Cordner, positioned on the edge of the area, to the right of centre. Considering the distance, the header was decent, with Hladký forced to back peda and pick the ball out of the air just below his crossbar.

In the 82nd minute Burgess played a neat pass up the left for Henderson, and his cross looked destined for Wilson until Junior Brown got in a clearance.

The teams had produced a number of half-chances apiece, with the best of them going to Salford City. If either side deserved to nick the points late on it was probably the Ammies, but it took a bit of calamitous – and late - defending from the hosts to achieve it. Threlkeld’s long, lofted pass from inside his own half appeared to present relatively little danger as it dropped towards the left-hand corner of the penalty area. The advancing Howard and defender Jordan Clarke were in pole positions to deal with it, yet both dithered at the crucial moment. You can’t do that with like Henderson around and he’d advanced to put the pair under pressure. The two Scunthorpe men could only watch in horror as HENDERSON nipped between them with the ball at his feet. A diagonal run into the middle was followed by a low 6-yard finish and all 3 points were heading back to the North West.

There were 4 minutes of time added on to negotiate first, but Scunthorpe’s only sniff of a chance came during the 3rd of those as substitutes Kenan Dünnwald-Turan & McAtee combined before the latter hit a low 18-yarder at Hladký.

FULL-TIME: SCUNTHORPE UNITED 0 SALFORD CITY 1

A good away performance from the Ammies who restricted the home side to a bare handful of half-chances – it’s probably not unfair to say that keeper Hladký didn’t have a difficult shot to save. To be equally fair Howard wasn’t that much busier, but the best chances of the evening definitely went the way of the visitors.

Not too much in the way of clear-cut openings perhaps, but much of the approach play was good, spoiled only by too many final balls that didn’t quite come off.

Defensively the side were very sound, and after 2 disappointing away defeats this result is the perfect tonic. A special mention is due for Golden, out of the starting line-up for a while, who grabbed his chance to impress today.

Henderson’s goal - a reward for sheer persistence - secured 2 vital extra points for Salford, and they find themselves tucked into 5th place as their campaign nears the halfway point. Maybe we’ll look back at tonight’s result as a pivotal moment of the season.

A perfect way to welcome a brand new Eastham into the world...

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