As the clock ticked down in Moor Lane tonight fans suddenly started chanting `6-0 we should be winning 6-0… 8-0 we should be winning 8-0… 12-0 we should be winning 12-0… 36-0 we should be winning 36-0'…
Well, the latter was a bit of an exaggeration but the rest wasn't. Salford City totally dominated this game from start to finish with a display of glorious attacking skilful football that had the Cammells well and truly dung over.
The game was only ten minutes old when the first goal arrived, Danny Heffernan knocking in Scott Metcalfe's low cross. Soon after, with the Cammells already on the back hoof, Adam Morning provided the goal of the game, tricking his way past a defender before unleashing a 25 yard screamer into the top corner of the net.
Had that been on Match of the Day it would have had Gazza Lineker et al drooling. As it wasn't, just the sparse crowd will have the memory. Serves them right for not getting the cameras down. Next time maybe... Adam Morning is making a habit of scoring spectacular, stunning long range goals after twisting the blood of defenders.
With Rhodri Giggs' team passing sweetly and getting cheered every time a player touched the ball, the Cammells were already in the palm of Salford City's hand when one of their midfielders got the hump and seemed to kung fu the Ammies' Matty Cross in the head. The Cammells were definitely needled.
Down to ten men, things could only get worse and Salford turned on the style even more with flicks and tricks, and every move being greeted with roars of approval. A third goal duly arrived before half time, following a flowing move that ended with Danny Heffernan delicately touching the ball past the last line of defenders for Scott Metcalfe to seize and score his first goal in a tangerine shirt.
The interval score of 3-0 didn't begin to tell the story of Salford dominance. The Opta Index would have had the Ammies somewhere around the 800% possession mark. The best 45 minutes of football produced by a Salford City side this season.
The second half began in the same mode, Salford continuing to entertain with Glyn Barker flicking a cheeky shot onto a post and Scott Metcalfe picking up his second goal of the evening, cutting inside a defender to lash an unstoppable shot past the Cammells keeper.
4-0 became 5-0 when Cayne Hanley, on as a sub, scored from Scott Metcalfe's cross, and Metcalfe himself was unfortunate not to get a hat-trick when his shot came back off the crossbar. And there was still time for another Salford attempt to gently slap the underside of the bar.
Yes, Salford City should have been winning 6-0…8-0…12-0…but 5-0 will do. It was the Ammies' best result since being promoted to the Evo-Stik First Division in 2008. It's also the first time in that league that Salford City have had a positive goal difference.
Tonight Salford City were in a different class to the sorry Cammells. But this was no mirage made in heaven. This was for real. It was indeed like `watching Barca…play Man United…' Just ask any City fan who was there…
Next up, Mossley away on Saturday.
Photo by Gareth Lyons shows Scott Metcalfe scoring his second goal of the night
All other photos by Andrew Goudie