Brandon Thomas-Asante netted his first professional hat-trick as Salford put in a five-star performance against Scunthorpe United.
For the first time in the Football League the Ammies scored five in a game, three of which came from the clinical man of the match. Adding to Matt Smith’s headed opener, Thomas-Asante doubled the lead just before the half time whistle, profiting off of a well-worked free-kick routine with an instinctive finish.
Salford were dominant in all areas of the pitch in the first half against a Scunthorpe side that couldn’t compete with relentless pressure. A 2-0 cushion at the break took the pressure off but the visitors replied with a goal of their own against the run of play, inspiring a 10-minute spell of Scunthorpe resurgence. Any sign of a comeback was squashed shortly after when the strikers combined to make it 3-1.
The goal of the game came from midfielder Stephen Kelly, dropping his shoulder and curling a beauty into the top corner to score his first in red. Thomas-Asante rounded off proceedings with his third just five minutes later. This rampant performance leaves Salford unbeaten in eight games, their most successful run of games so far all season.
“These are the games you want to play in, these are the games you enjoy coming away with a good result. It’s just about going into every game with the same approach.
“You see it throughout all the levels, it’s not always plain sailing but I think the difference between teams is whether they can bounce back from that and whether it costs them the result. Once again today we’ve shown that we can stop that downfall and pick ourselves up and go again.
“I need to thank God first and foremost because I knew I’ve had a bit of a drought going into this game. Normally, I have a little prayer before the game and a few days before I was thinking, I really need to score in this one, so I was praying all week.
“Running off Smudge for the second one felt really good and I’m happy we’re getting that relationship. The first one was just instinct, I managed to rearrange my feet and get a cheeky step-over away.”
The 23-year-old who extended his tally at the top of the Salford goalscorer list to nine recorded his first career hat-trick, an achievement that goes towards hitting the target of double figures for the season. When asked whether he would admire his first match ball he says he’ll stick to kicking them around.
“To be fair I’ll probably play with it around the house more than I’d just look at it! I’m really grateful for today but more than anything I want to hit double figures and go again.
“The boys really buzz of these results. We are a tight-knit group and we’re going to go again next week and try and do the same again.”