Salford City suffered a third league defeat in 2020 against Northampton Town, but it was a case of same old story.
The Ammies had more, and better, chances than the visitors and went ahead in the 20th minute when Jack Baldwin netted his first goal from the club. Another assist from Craig Conway as he dropped a corner straight onto the Sunderland loanee’s head, and Salford were deservedly in front.
However Northampton drew level when Sam Hoskins finished off an incisive move with a powerful finish across Kyle Letheren.
Brandon Thomas-Asante hit the post before the break after a multitude of Ammies chances to re-take the lead, but it was The Cobblers who struck next. Vadaine Oliver had missed a great opportunity from close range, but Andy Williams was in the right place minutes later to tuck home the winner after a Paul Anderson shot was blocked and fell to the forward.
Thomas-Asante put a volley over the bar from close range, and an Ash Hunter cross was diverted goalwards by Scott Wharton with David Cornell alert to keep it out. Nathan Pond, playing as a makeshift centre forward, then had a late chance saved excellently by the keeper and another positive Salford performance was rewarded with nothing.
“It’s another page from the same book at the minute,” admitted Graham Alexander afterwards.
“Our general play was good with hardly any chances conceded, then a goal against the run of play when we’re on top and all that good work is undone by two real poor goals. The final finish by the two lads are good finishes but the actual build up play is things that we can affect.
“Like I said after last week and in my programme notes, we have to control those situations, it’s not about luck, we have to capitalise on the opportunities we create and we can’t concede two goals from two or three shots on target.
“That’s where we are at the moment, the general play is encouraging, the lads’ work ethic is unquestioned – I thought they put everything into the game – but we’re getting severely punished for any mistakes that we make.”
Next up for Salford is a visit to Forest Green Rovers’ New Lawn ground next Saturday.