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Jack Rose
Hayden White
Stephen Ward
Joss Labadie (c)
Yellow card for Joss Labadie (c)

Perry 69'

Manny Monthé
Brendan Kiernan

Wilkinson 84'

Emmanuel Osadebe
George Miller
Kieran Phillips
1 goals for Kieran Phillips

Shade 81'

Jack Earing
Rollin Menayese
Yellow card for Rollin Menayese
Salford City FC
Tom King
Jason Lowe
Ash Eastham (c)
1 goals for Ash Eastham (c)
Corrie Ndaba
Matthew Lund
Yellow card for Matthew Lund

Willock 80'

Tom Elliott
Ash Hunter
Yellow card for Ash Hunter
Josh Morris

Love 80'

Jordan Turnbull
Conor McAleny

N'Mai 74'

Liam Shephard
Tommy Jackson
Conor Wilkinson
1 goals for Conor Wilkinson
Alfie Bates
Tom Leak
Sam Perry
Mat Sadler
Tyrese Shade
Zach Jeacock
Donald Love
Matty Willock
Aramide Oteh
Tylor Golden
Andy Smith
Kelly N'Mai
Head Coach - Matthew Taylor
Manager - Gary Bowyer
Match Officals
Referee - Trevor Kettle
Assistant Referee - Andrew Aylott
Assistant Referee - Richard Morris
Fourth Official - Ravel Cheosiaua

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Goals scored during the first minute of the 90 and 5th minute of time added on consigned Salford City to defeat at Walsall’s Banks’s Stadium. The Ammies didn’t really reproduce the flowing football that swept aside Colchester United last Saturday, yet deserved the equaliser scored by Ash Eastham with a dozen minutes to play. After that it looked entirely possible that Salford might snatch a winner but only to be undone by substitute Conor Wilkinson’s late, late strike.

There was a single change from the XI that started last week’s game in Essex as fit-again Conor McAleny replaced suspended Brandon Thomas-Asante up front.

Salford’s supporters had barely taken their seats in the away end when the Ammies went behind. Walsall’s Brendan Kiernan played a pass inside from the left, finding Kieran Phillips just inside Salford’s half. The forward set off on a purposeful run, and although white shirts converged, none of them managed to get close enough to challenge. Having made it into the area PHILLIPS placed a low, left-of-centre 12-yarder that beat King’s dive and found its way inside the far post.

A goal conceded after just 29 seconds of play, which might just be a Salford City record – albeit an unwanted one.

Not a great start, and we’d have to wait a little while for the next significant goalmouth action. On 9 minutes Manny Monthè decided to have a go from distance, only to drag a low left-footer yards wide of King’s left-hand post.

The Saddlers were edging what attacking possession there was during the opening stages, but home keeper Jack Rose was forced into action in the 12th minute. Liam Shephard launched a cross from the right that had the home custodian stretching to tip it away.

Soon after that Ash Hunter’s low shot was saved by Rose, with Tom Elliott going down as he attempted to reach the loose ball. The referee ignored appeals for a penalty and upset the Ammies again a couple of minutes later. Jason Lowe’s left of centre 20-yarder seemed to deflect off a defender on its way wide of Rose’s right-hand upright only for the referee to award a goal kick.

Salford had settled down after that early shock but were struggling to create clear-cut chances. To be fair, Walsall were having similar problems and the half passed its midpoint without any further incidents of note.

Home skipper Josh Labadie was booked for a hefty challenge on Hunter just past the half-hour, and after that the game perked up a little. Former Newport full-back Shephard would loft in several decent crosses from the right and 10 minutes before the interval Matty Lund found himself on the end of one such delivery. This was a decent chance, yet the ex-Rochdale man was visibly disappointed after his 10-yard header rose high before dropping over the bar.

In the 39th minute Walsall broke following a Salford free-kick and Emmanuel Osadebe’s pass to the left sent Kiernan on a run. The midfielder made it into the penalty area and despite being closed down managed to get in a low, left-of-centre left-footer. King dropped smartly to his left, making the save and holding onto the ball.

The Saddlers finished the first half in lively fashion and a couple of minutes later Labadie hit the turf just inside the area following a clash with Jordan Turnbull. The referee disappointed Walsall’s captain and supporters by waving play on and George Miller’s attempt to lift a clipped effort from an angle of the left was foiled by King.

Good goalkeeping from the Welshman, and it was another who came to the rescue 60 seconds later. Phillips made a powerful run on Walsall’s right before getting in a great cross that seemed destined for the head of Kiernan. Shephard had other ideas, nipping in to head firmly clear and the Ammies went into the interval one goal down.


Not a classic half for Salford and they nearly experienced an unpleasant episode of déjà vu within a minute of the restart. The Saddlers pushed forward straight away with Osadebe and Kiernan having efforts blocked before Phillips hit an angled effort from the right that was well saved by King.

Once again the game became tight after a dramatic start although Salford carried more threat when they pushed forward. Walsall looked sporadically dangerous too, particularly when they went wide but a few well defended crosses were the sum total of both sides’ efforts over the next 15 minutes of the second half.

Not a great deal to excite either set of supporters although the Ammies could have got back on level terms in the 65th minute. Shephard advanced into space on the right before pulling a low pass back to the edge of the area. Josh Morris got in a left-footed shot that crashed into Kiernan before rolling wide of Rose’s left-hand post for a corner that was cleared.

Salford were getting bodies forward without getting the luck – or finding the quality – to carve out a chance to seriously test Rose although there were a couple of anxious moments for the home defence.

The Saddlers were more or less content to hit on the break and in the 72nd minute Morris was dispossessed on halfway. Jack Earing made a left-flank beeline towards the penalty area, only to be tripped by Lund just outside. That foul earned the Salford man a yellow card and Walsall a free-kick in a dangerous position. Osadebe almost made the most of it, hammering in a rising shot from the angle of the box, with King going full-length to his right as he pushed the ball away.

Kelly Nmai replaced McAleny as Gary Bowyer looked to freshen up his side’s attacking options. Just a couple of minutes later the youngster almost got to Shephard’s cross from the right, moving to the far post only to be denied as Hayden White arrived to head behind. Hunter delivered the corner, from the left, with ASH EASTHAM getting up among a crowd of players to power a 3-yard header past Rose.

A second goal in 3 games for the skipper and it looked to have earned Salford a share of the points. The balance of play had been tipping towards the visitors for a little while and hopes of another away win rose among the travelling supporters.

The Ammies needed a spell of concerted pressure, but Walsall were after the extra two points as well. With 7 minutes left Miller got past Eastham on the left before cutting into the area and lifting an angled effort high and wide of the target. The same player got into the box again not long afterwards and the home crowd yelled for a penalty following a buffeting challenge from Eastham.

Those yells were rightly ignored and at the other end Turnbull clipped a pass into the box from the left. Nmai almost found space to get a shot away, but in the end was crowded out by red-shirted defenders.

In the 89th minute the busy Hunter swung in a cross from the left with substitute Donald Love not quite getting a touch in front of goal as the ball bounced wide of the far upright.

Salford were building a late head of steam and the referee indicated that at least 6 minutes of time would be added on. The visitors searched for a way through, without success, and the game would carry a particularly nasty sting in its tail during the 5th of those 6. Stephen Ward was under pressure as he delivered a right-footed lofted cross from wide on the left. Miller held off Eastham to nod the ball on to WILKINSON and the substitute was afforded time and space to move possession to his favoured left-foot before slamming in a low shot that beat King at his near post.

There was no time for Salford to respond the final whistle confirmed their 5th league defeat of the season.


Obviously this is a disappointing result for Gary Bowyer and his side, especially coming on the coat-tails of that tremendous performance at Colchester last week. Very early and very late goals are always particularly galling for the team that concedes them, but to be caught by one of each during the same game is particularly unfortunate.
There certainly can't have been too many "90 minute" football matches where a team's two goals have been separated by 94 minutes.

The Ammies didn’t really get going this afternoon, although they had plenty of possession, particularly during the second half. Their equaliser was deserved, and for a while afterwards it they looked the more likely side to go on and win.

That wouldn’t be the case, and the defending for both goals has to be questioned. Phillips was left virtually unchallenged as he covered 40 yards before opening the scoring and Wilkinson was left in too much space when he put away the late winner.

Questionable defending, and at the other end all that possession didn’t translate into work for home keeper Rose to do.

You have to shake afternoons like this one off quickly and the Ammies now have two home games to get some points on the board. Hartlepool visit the Peninsula Stadium next Saturday with Rochdale arriving to contest a local derby 3 days later. Neither game will be easy – or anything like it – but if we see a couple more ‘Colchester’ performances there could well be 6 more points within reach.