INCREDIBLE AMMIES ANNIHILATE GOOLE
Two fantastic, almost identical, strikes from Nathan McDonald in each half
provided the platform for Salford City's first home league win of the season, which puts the Ammies into eighth place in the league after four games.
From the kick off, Goole had attempted to put the frighteners on Salford, their attackers forcing a fine double save from keeper Danny Taberner in the first few minutes. But Nathan McDonald settled any nerves soon after, lashing in a powerful shot from the edge of the penalty area, corpsing the Goole goalie, who hardly saw the ball as it arrowed through a crowd of players into the net. 1-0
Salford almost doubled the lead before half time, Rob Kinsella ghosting in on a cross to beat the goalie with a header that somehow went the wrong side of the post. At the start of the second half, top scorer Kinsella got even closer, this time his header hitting the bar, after some great wing play and a cross from classy right back Rees Welsh.
Goole, newly promoted to the Evo-Stik First Division, battled back but their finishing in the last third of the pitch was consistently necrotic, and it was Salford that looked most dangerous when the chances occurred. First, Jimmy Holden hammered in a shot that was well saved. And then Nathan McDonald struck again, juggling the ball on the far side of the area, before unleashing another rocket shot that flew into the net. 2-0.
As Goole threw on attacking subs to try and save the game, space opened up for Salford and it was no surprise when Chris Thompson seized on a defensive error and whipped the ball in from outside the area to make it 3-0.
By the end, Goole were well and truly monstered, with sub Ryan Briody almost getting a fourth in the dying minutes, only to see a defender clear off the line.
Salford City are looking demonic at the moment as they go into the difficult away game at Lancaster City in the FA Cup this Saturday. Win that and everyone will begin to truly believe that everything is possible for this new Ammies side…
Photos by Gareth Lyons