Leigh Genesis arrived at Moor Lane having put five goals past Garforth last Saturday, and looking for an easy win against a team whose name has been changed by the Manchester Evening News to `Struggling Salford City'.
Instead, in the rain and the mud Salford City dominated a fantastic match for long periods and could have taken all the points.
It didn't seem that it was going to be that way after a drab first half in which Leigh took an early lead when a shot caught Salford stopper, Andy Robertson, frozen like a Subbutteo keeper, as the ball whistled past him. He made amends later in the half, blocking a goal bound Jansen shot with his feet, and shortly after, the Leigh keeper kept the score intact, saving with his legs from Salford debutant, Dean Cooper.
The 1-0 half time scoreline didn't even hint at the thrills to come, as less than a minute into the second half Lee Neville equalised after a botched clearance from the Leigh keeper. From then on, Salford turned up the volume, Steve Foster hitting a goal bound shot that was deflected for a corner, and Gareth Thomas shooting just wide.
The Ammies took a deserved lead when Foster laid a square ball on for Lee Neville to hit his second goal of the match, and Foster almost put Salford 3-1 in front but his touch into the net from a Stuart Tulloch header was ruled out for a push or offside or something only the ref knows.
It was Leigh's turn to attack and they got the equaliser when a low cross was knocked over the line by Tom Ince. Sensing a win against `struggling Salford City', Leigh went all out in attack and there were a number of close calls in the Salford defence before the 6th in the league team took the lead with ten minutes to go, following a slip by Andy Roberston.
But Salford came back again with a superb goal. A Tulloch cross, a great Martyn Andrews header across the box and a slam in by Dean Cooper to make it 3-3. A mint game and a mint performance from Salford.
This was the third quarter of four games against some of the top teams in the division…We played third in the table Colwyn Bay last week (won), played Curzon Ashton last Saturday (lost), got a draw against Leigh and play Skelmersdale at home on Good Friday.
Hopefully by the end of Easter that stupid `struggling' tag will be removed from our name.
Good Friday 3pm kick off at Moor Lane £7
Salford City v Skelmersdale United
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