Plans for a new half a million quid Salford City clubhouse were announced this week, with Hazel Blears on board and Urban Splash's Tom Bloxham `critique-ing' the designs. What are they going to do – evict supporters from the terraces, take loads of public money, build it upside down and then make it unaffordable for anyone to come back?
Students from the University of Salford, who are taking part in a competition to design the new facilities, were at Moor Lane consulting with supporters on potential plans – What would you like the décor to be? What would you like to see in the clubhouse? Etc… Instead they should have been consulting on the club – Would you like to see your players stay longer than a week?
There's been almost as many players pulling on the tangerine shirt this season as there were in the 72 `crowd' for this game. If the students hang round long enough they'll probably get a game – and that goes for the girls too… It's impossible for Salford City to put any sort of run together in the league when players keep walking out to go to other clubs.
This week it was star attacker, Craig Mahon's turn, defecting to Burscough FC of all dumps. And yet another two new faces, impressive full back Gareth Thomas and attacker Lee Hulme, came into the side still being caretaker managed by chairman Darren Quick.
As for the game, well, Wakefield are basically a poor man's…no, a destitute man's Stoke City – all long balls, huge howitzer throw-ins and Lurch-a-like players. Except that while Stoke have perfected the art of the long throw, Wakefield's Delapidated version seems to consist of a big throw into the box and then everyone charging into the goalkeeper, not even bothering to look where the ball's gone. It didn't work once.
In fairness, despite the Wakefield bombardments, it was an entertaining game, with Salford having the early chances and Andy Robertson saving well from a few Wakefield attacks. In the second half Salford began putting some clever moves together, and after Lee Hulme was barged over in the area, went in front from another perfect Rhodri Giggs penalty.
The Ammies should have doubled the lead five minutes later as the ball pinged around in the Wakefield box and three Salford shots were blocked or botched. A few more waves of Salford attacks followed as Wakefield hung on desperately but four minutes before the end they managed to get a lucky equaliser when a mis-hit shot found their no 7 lurking offside and he gleefully netted to make it 1-1.
In the minutes that remained both sides went for the winner - while a Wakefield forward went for Ammies keeper Andy Robertson. Both players got a yellow card in the process, and the spat continued after the final whistle resulting in a red card for the Wakefield wind up merchant.
In the end it was a lucky draw for The Adams Family. But considering Salford have no manger and virtually no players left this was a good attacking performance and we are now unbeaten in the two games since boss Paul Wright left the club.
Roll on second bottom Harrogate Railway away this Saturday…
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