Going up… Going up…. Going u-u-u-u-up!
After two unfortunate defeats, Salford City got the all important first win of the season, stuffing Bamber Bridge to zoom up the Evo-Stik First Division North.
A pretty even first half that ended goal-less was full of half chances for both teams – Gavin Salmon and Jack Redshaw going close for the Ammies, and Salford keeper Andy Robertson twice saving well from Bamber attacks.
The second half, however, was a completely different ball game, with Salford City dominating from start to finish. While the Bamber locals were still finishing their Pironis in the splendour of the club house, the freshly re-signed Adam Morning picked the ball up outside the area, jinked inside and unleashed a trademark curling shot that flew into the top right hand corner of the net. 1-0.
Shortly after, Robertson again saved Salford with a top block but that was the last anyone saw of Bamber Bridge as the Ammies piled up the chances. A vicious Matty Cross shot hit a defender and skimmed just wide of the post; a Gavin Salmon shot was beaten away by the Bamber keeper, and, finally, centre half Liam Coyne got the deserved second with a diving header from a corner.
Gavin Salmon added the third after he broke through the Bamber defence. The keeper saved his first shot but Salmon picked up the rebound and slotted home. 3-0. Emphatic.
The season has been kick-started and Salford City are on the up!
With two home games to come – on Tuesday night against Garforth (kick off 7:45pm) and next Saturday against Trafford (3pm) – the optimism has returned to Moor Lane.
Photos by Gareth Lyons
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