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SALFORD CITY FC KICK OFF SEASON IN WINNING STYLE
 

Star date: 18th August 2013

WES BANCROFT SCREAMER KICKSTARTS SUPER SALFORD'S SIZZLING SEASON

Harrogate Railway 0 Salford City 1

A Wes Bancroft scorcher, eight minutes from time, gave new look Salford City the first win of the season at Harrogate Railway for co managers Barry Massay and Phil Power. 

The win broke the Ammies' hoodoo, as it was the first time the team has ever won on the opening day in the Evo-Stik First Division North. Salford City are on the up!!!

Match report and top celebration photos here…


Salford City's Michael Gill bamboozles the Harrogate Railway defence Wes Bancroft celebrates his Salford City goal in style Wes Bancroft celebrates his Salford City goal in style
Wes Bancroft celebrates his Salford City goal in style Wes Bancroft celebrates his Salford City goal in style Wes Bancroft celebrates his Salford City goal in style
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A match that was heading for a draw was suddenly turned on its head eight minutes from time when sub Wes Bancroft, on the edge of the area and surrounded by Harrogate Railway defenders, tee'd himself up and unleashed a ferocious half volley that flew over the keeper's flailing arms and into the top right corner of the net.

It was a stunning goal, only matched by the joyous celebrations of Wes, the whole team and the managers as months of re-building came to fruition.

The Ammies, in the light blue away kit, lined up with only the majestic Aaron Walters left from the team that finished last season, plus the return of skipper Alex Mortimer and Wes Bancroft after a few seasons absence. The Spanish contingent was missing, with two awaiting international clearance and another suspended. But Salford were solid throughout, piling on the pressure in the opening period, as winger Stuart Cook shot just wide and the busy, tricky Michael Gill had a header saved by the Beavers' keeper.

While the Ammies' new players were getting used to Harrogate Railway's full tilt pitch and the pathetic brandishing of yellow cards by the clown ref, the home side got a couple of good shots on target, well stopped by goalie Kieran O'Boyle. So the first half ended 0-0.

In the second period Salford City continued to press, and the ref continued to confetti cards to both teams for the slightest touches, as the game looked set to peter out as a scoreless draw. Then, with just under half an hour left, Wes Bancroft came on, Salford pushed two up front, the chances came and the match turned.

First Bancroft had a shot from the left collected by the keeper, then, with six minutes left, he hit that scorching half volley, a shot that deserved to win any match. The Carlos Tevez style roar into the Salford Star camera said it all, as team mates and the managers piled in to congratulate him. This new Salford City team has an amazing spirit already, fostered by new co-managers Barry Massay and Phil Power - and the first win ever on the opening day of an Evo-Stik First Division North season.

It's only the first victory of a very long campaign, so supporters shouldn't get excited. But sod that, let's get excited. Let's get very excited. The Ammies are on the up!!!

Salford City have two home games coming up –

Tuesday 20th August  v Clitheroe at Moor Lane 7:45pm kick off
Saturday 24th August v Northwich Victoria at Moor Lane 3pm kick off

For further details see the official Salford City FC website – click here

For Salford City supporters banter see also the Forum – click here (best to register)

Photos by Andrew Goudie

 

 

 


 

Mark wrote
at 06:23:15 on 21 August 2013
Seven bookings (three for Harrogate and four for Salford) in a game that both sides admit was never in danger of becoming "dirty". Sounds like the ref did not have a good day and used his cards more than he needed to. Saying that, the Salford Star does have a blinkered view when it comes to the Ammies. :-) Anyway, who cares, this isn't the official match report and the most impotant thing is that they won. I would urge all Salfordians to get behind the team. You never know, we might start to climb the leagues with a bit more support!
 
DTee wrote
at 07:49:32 on 19 August 2013
I tend to agree with White. The team do seem to have unusually bad luck, according to the reporter[s], with the referees selected to officiate them.
 
White wrote
at 07:49:26 on 19 August 2013
White may well do that, and use his past refereeing experience to judge.
 
Lurelle Bancroft wrote
at 19:23:50 on 18 August 2013
So proud of my uncle Westley! Well done!! Love you xxxx
 
TangerineDream wrote
at 19:23:26 on 18 August 2013
Perhaps "White" might want to come down to Moor Lane sometime and make his/her own mind up? The referee yesterday had no man management skills and the only time he spoke to the players was to ask for their names before booking them. Unfortunately common sense or discretion did not prevail.
 
White wrote
at 13:50:27 on 18 August 2013
Like an old friend returning we find the expected criticism of the referee. Have Salford City ever played in a match when the referee wasn’t incompetent?
 
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