A FIRST Derby of the season sees Salford City travel to Curzon Ashton on Saturday, where there is a good chance to catch the top two if they can carry on their unbeaten streak.
Following Bank Holiday Monday’s win against Southport, Salford are third in the table and three points behind leaders Harrogate Town and Brackley Town, who face each other on Saturday, so it is a golden opportunity for The Ammies to catch one, or both, of them before travelling to Harrogate on Tuesday night.
While The Ammies find themselves six unbeaten, Curzon come into this one towards the other end of the form table having lost their last three games, scoring one and conceding 11.
The Nash are yet to reach the same performance level as the 4-0 win over North Ferriby United on the opening day, and they will want to correct that against Salford.
However despite Curzon having a dominant record over The Ammies, Salford have won the last three meetings between the pair.
That includes last season’s double of a 2-0 win at the Tameside Stadium, and what turned out to be a pivotal 1-0 win at Moor Lane in April.
However despite the stats coming into the game, midfielder Lois Maynard says that the focus is still very much on the game, and not the runs, the history or the form:
“I think we’ve got to take each game as it comes and answer each question that each game gives to you.
“Obviously with it being a derby the standards will be raised for both parts, but we don’t think too much about previous games, we just keep doing what we’re doing.
“I’ve never played there before but I’ve heard it’s a nice surface, a nice setup, but we’ll be going there how we go into every game; looking for the three points, sticking to our game plan and doing the things that we’re learning on the training pitch.”
Having started every game so far alongside Scott Burton, Maynard feels like they are starting to form a strong midfield partnership, but he is still looking to get his first goal:
“I think it’s getting better each game; Scott likes to sit more than I do, I like to try and get involved in the attack as well as defence so I think it’s working right, there’s a good balance.
“I’m trying to get that first goal, I got a couple in pre-season, but I get a few chances in each game so hopefully when one goes in, more will start going in.”
Admission is £12 for Adults and £6 for Over-65s.
The Tameside Stadium (OL7 9HG) has plenty of parking, and is only a short walk from the Ashton West stop on the Eccles – Ashton MetroLink line.
If you can’t make it to The Tameside Stadium, there will be updates on Twitter (@SalfordCityFC) or you can listen to LIVE match commentary from shortly before kick-off via Mixlr (Salford City FC).