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Salford City Manager Gary Bowyer talks to Tom Clarke and Ash Eastham after his first training sessionGary Bowyer takes his first game in charge at the Peninsula Stadium this Friday against Grimsby Town (KO 15:00).

The reverse fixture saw Ian Henderson score a hat-trick away at Blundell Park as Salford ran out 4-0 winners, and with 10 games to go and it all to play for Salford will be hoping for the same result.

Last time out saw The Ammies narrowly lose at Exeter City, and defender Tom Clarke hopes to rectify that result on Good Friday.

“We watched it back the day after and we were disappointed to come away with nothing.

“We started the game really well, we had three or four great chances, their keeper has made a couple of good saves, Henderson’s hit the bar, and it’s just a little bit of luck we needed in the game. Unfortunately, they scored a scrappy goal and held on.

“However, there were a lot of positives to take from it. Obviously, the new manager’s come in, he implemented what he wanted from us and I think he got that for the full 90 minutes, the intensity was there, and we created enough chances but just didn’t put them away.”

Tom Clarke prepares to get on the end of a set piece for Salford City away at Exeter CityIt will be a first home game for the new man in the hotseat, and Clarke shared an insight into the first two weeks with the new gaffer.

“He’s made a great impact, as soon as he’s come in you can see he has got a calm head on his shoulders. 

“He has a lot of experience; promotion with Blackpool and obviously being at Blackburn, so he’s got that great experience and instilled a discipline in what we want to do in the games and hopefully we can do that.”

Salford have no fresh injury concerns heading into the Easter weekend; long-term absentee Darron Gibson will be on the bench in a coaching capacity and Bruno Andrade is nursing a knock. After an intense week of training, Robbie Gotts and Tom James will both be pushing for places in the matchday squad.

GRIMSBY TOWN

Salford City hold their defensive line from a set piece away at Grimsby TownDespite sitting at the foot of the League Two table, Paul Hurst’s men are unbeaten in six, collecting eight points in the process (W1 D5).

The Mariners are six points from safety and fighting for Football League survival, but with the return of Hurst as manager since the teams last met Salford can expect a different display from the visitors.

“They’re down there fighting for their lives, I recently looked at their record and in their last six they have drawn five and won one, so they’re not on a bad little run at the minute and teams who fight for their lives at the bottom can pull results out of the bag, so we know what’s coming,” said Clarke.

“We know the style of play, so we need to be ready for it and push on to try get into the play-offs contention and maybe more, we need to implement our style on them and hopefully get a good result”.

HOW TO WATCH

         
Friday’s game will be available for supporters to watch online at live.salfordcityfc.co.uk. Match Passes cost £10 in the UK or £7 abroad, and 2020-21 Season Ticket Holders should have the game included in their package for the season.

Also don’t forget to tune in for Matchday LIVE, available to watch free across our social media channels from 14:30 for pre-match, and again at half time.

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