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Salford City, Ash Hunter,Salford City 2-1 MorecambeA stunning Ash Hunter brace saw Salford earn a first league win against Morecambe at The Peninsula Stadium.

The visitors were the better of the sides in the opening half hour or so, but the Ammies grew into the game and Hunter’s individual brilliance gained a margin that Morecambe couldn’t claw back.

His first was a great curling strike from the corner of the area after good work by Di’Shon Bernard to drive forward and lay the pass off.

The Manchester United loanee was involved again in a passing exchange also including Bruno Andrade, and when Hunter found himself in space 25 yards out his shot was too close to the post for Jake Turner to reach.

Six points from the last two games have lifted Salford back into the League Two play-offs and Richie Wellens praised Hunter’s efforts, admitting they made up for some other areas.

“It was exhilarating because we made it exhilarating, first off Ash Hunter was different class, his finishing but more importantly his work rate, his reactions, I thought apart from the back four and the goalkeeper Ash was the standout player tonight, I thought he was outstanding.

“I have to say they were excellent for 20-25 minutes,  didn’t really have a shot on our goal if memory serves me right, we didn’t win no second balls in midfield.

“For 25, half an hour, we weren’t great at all but when we actually got what we wanted to do right, there was some really, really good passages of play for us and we could have had more than two.

“On Saturday we were outstanding and the front players take all the plaudits, apart from Hunter today the front lads were a little bit quiet, a little bit off it, then today the centre halves and the two full backs, I thought they were outstanding, the goalkeeper, so they take the plaudits.

“Next week if we can get the both of them being outstanding then we can get a really good performance but that’s this league, it’s going to throw up different styles of football and you know that every time you turn the ball over they’re just going to bombard your box.”

After back-to-back home games Salford hit the road for three games over the next couple of weeks, starting away at Newport County in the Emirates FA Cup Second Round on Saturday.

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