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Salford City closed the curtain on the 2021-22 campaign with a 4-2 defeat to Stevenage.

Gary Bowyer and the squad said farewell to the travelling Ammies, who with nothing on the line in today’s game, had a final day party regardless of the result.

Corrie Ndaba was awarded Supporters’ Player of the Season and he said goodbye with a goal, heading a consolation into the bottom right corner. It marks the end of his time with Salford having arrived on loan from Ipswich in August. The promising young defender says he has felt at home in M7 and owes his season success to the fans.

“There wasn’t anything to play for but the gaffer spoke about pride before the game and all the boys spoke about pride. We’re going out to play a game of football, it’s always competitive but we didn’t do enough.”

It was a difficult game at The Lamex with a scoreline that probably flattered the home side. With 23 attempts at goal, goalkeeper Laurie Walker – who made his first appearance for the Boro – came off the bench in the first half and pulled off a sequence of miraculous stops coupled with three efforts that rattled the woodwork.

Ndaba was understandably disappointed with his side’s defensive display, conceding four goals for the first time all season from all four of the host’s shots on target.

“It was a difficult game but ultimately we didn’t do enough. We give sloppy goals away which lost us the game and I think it’s a very disappointing way to end the season.”

“The gaffer just said then there were 23 chances for us, we could’ve scored four ourselves but we couldn’t keep them out at the other end. Disappointing to concede four goals when we haven’t conceded that many all season.”

During his full season with Salford, the 22-year-old has developed leaps and bounds as a player and his performances have reflected that. The Irishman has been a critical part of the Ammies defensive resilience all campaign.

He thanked his teammates, coaching staff and importantly the fans for their continuous faith in him. On behalf of all Salford supporters, we hope to see him go on to do great things in what should be a long and prosperous career.

“It was unbelievable the support, the fans all in fancy dress was great to see and the love they showed us all game even when we were conceding goals they were still chanting. Fair play to the fans and we can only thank them for travelling so far.”

“I don’t really have words to describe it. The love they have shown throughout the whole season, I’ve never experienced anything like this. Singing and chanting my name every game and even around town. It’s unbelievable.”

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