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Salford players gather to collectively celebrate Ash Hunter's opening goal against Mansfield Town

Salford City moved up to eight in League Two after a 2-0 win against Mansfield Town.

Ash Hunter set the tone early on with his first goal since December, and Ian Henderson secured the points in the second half with a brilliant finish.

A red card for Richie Towell for unsporting conduct threatened to spoil the afternoon, before Henderson had a spot kick saved by Aidan Stone.

However a serious injury to Mansfield’s Farrend Rawson meant they ended the game with 10-men, and Salford saw out the three points.

It was laboured at times, but Gary Bowyer was happy with the second half performance and the three points.

“That’s the best we’ve started in terms of scoring very early, it was a wonderful finish from Ash and I felt we went through a bit of pain then in the rest of the first half to be honest. 

“We went through a bit of pain in the first half and the way that we played wasn’t as good as we have been doing. But fair play to the players at half time, they recognised that and said that amongst themselves and I thought second half they came out better then we score a wonderful goal.

“I knew that we’d need the second goal, they’re a good team you look at the number of games they’ve drawn, they’ve drawn 19 this year so you knew that they were going to keep going. I’ve known Nigel personally for many, many years and there’s no way he was going to let them off and let us win the game so we did need that second goal. 

“Unfortunately for us we have a great opportunity to get that third goal but unfortunately the goalie’s made a decent save from Hendo.”

It’s four wins from seven in April now, and a third consecutive clean sheet for Salford who head to Bradford City on Tuesday night ahead of a trip to Colchester United.

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