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A trick of the harshest kind subjected Salford City to an unlucky defeat against Exeter City.

The Grecians, unbeaten in 12 league games, extended that run to 13 after a freak own goal in the last minute of stoppage time.

League Two top scorer Matt Jay gave the visitors the lead after a tight first half, but Tom Elliott equalised with his third league goal of the campaign. The front man had a chance to win the game for The Ammies, heading over Ibou Touray’s cross before Exeter won it when Jake Caprice’s effort came off the post, off the back off Connor Ripley, and over the line.

Another huge slice of misfortune for The Ammies which left Gary Bowyer and the rest of the team ‘heartbroken’.

“It is a horrible feeling, I think also the manner of the goals that went in that it took to win the game, to ricochet off the post, hit your goalkeeper and go in we’re really disappointed with that. 

“I think we’ve given a really good account of ourselves, it was a really entertaining game of football between two, against Exeter who are up there, and again we’ve had our chances.

“We scored a great goal but we’re disappointed for the second game in a row with the manner of the goals we’ve conceded; they have luck with the ricochet for the first goal then obviously the ricochet for the second goal and it’s heartbreaking for the lads to be honest with the amount of effort that they’ve put in.

“We’ve just got to keep doing what we’re doing, we’ve got to keep working harder in terms of our finishing, and taking those chances because the performances and how we’re going about it has been pleasing.”

A second home defeat of the season sees Salford slip to 19th ahead of two weeks without a league fixture due to cup competitions. The Ammies are back at Moor Lane on Tuesday night against Leeds United Under-21s in the Papa John’s Trophy.

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