SALFORD CITY moved to within a point of league leaders Harrogate Town after a 3-2 victory over York City at The Peninsula Stadium.
A brace from Liam Hogan, separated by a goal from Jack Redshaw, saw The Ammies take a 3-0 lead by 50 minutes.
However two well-struck goals from outside the box by Louis Almond and Aidan Connolly in the last 10 minutes made it a tight finish.
Despite the late scare though, joint-manager Bernard Morley was delighted at getting the win:
“First of all I’m really pleased with the three points and the performance, it shows that sometimes you don’t have to play well to win games of football and it’s about the desire shown by the lads and digging in,” he said.
“We’re always going to be pleased with going 3-0 up, it’s about game management from that point.
“We had a couple of chances after that, Richie Allen and Jack Redshaw, you’d put your mortgage on those going in, but unfortunately the keeper’s made a great save, they’ve got one back, and they’ve managed to get themselves back into the game.
“However in future, we’ve got to learn how to manage the game a little bit better.
“They got bodies forward and they made it difficult for us with how they set up from start to finish today, but we got the three points and that’s all that matters.”
Salford captain Hogan now has three goals for the season, all of which have come against York having gone a season without scoring.
After a Man of the Match performance, as voted for by match sponsors PMD, the former Gateshead defender said:
“It’s a rarity because obviously I’m on to defend at the other end and keep the goals out!
“But it’s something I want to add to my game, to get goals, and it’s a good job I did because we needed them in the end.
“Fair play to York, they never gave up, but at the end of the day, no matter if we’ve conceded or not, the three points are the most important thing we’ve got out of today.”
Catching Up and Moving Forward
Harrogate’s 2-2 draw at home to Leamington means that the gap between them and Salford is down to a point ahead of Town’s game against Bradford Park Avenue on Tuesday, but Morley says that his side need to keep focus on their own results and performances.
“It’s a long season, but it’s important that we take every game as they come and try not to worry about what everyone else is doing.”
After just three league games in four weeks, and a Manchester Premier Cup tie, Salford now will be hoping to build some momentum again which Hogan says is important:
“Momentum plays a massive part in this squad because, as you’ve seen today, we’ve come out with an intensity and in the second half we’ve come out, we’ve started well, we could have gone three up straight from kick off.
“We’ve just got to keep the intensity up there, I mean we’ve had a break because of the FA Cup but the lads are dying to get out there; it’s been stop and start over the last couple of weeks so it would be nice now to get back into a regular pattern.
“Today was a massive result because if it had gone the other way and Harrogate had won, plus Harrogate are playing Tuesday when we don’t, it could have been a massive gap, so it was a massively important win for the lads.”
After travelling to Harrogate on Tuesday night, Bradford Park Avenue host Salford at the Horsfall Stadium. More information about that match can be found here.