6-2 TO STEVE FOSTER
Super Salford City soared into 9th place in the Unibond First Division North with a sensational 3-1 victory over AFC Fylde. Promotion hopefuls Fylde hadn't lost a game since 16th October, when they were stuffed 3-1 by the Ammies at Moor Lane thanks to a Steve Foster hat-trick. And their 14-match unbeaten run came to an end after another 3-1 win for Salford, and yet another Foster hat-trick. No wonder the Salford fans were singing `Can we play you every week?' by the end.
Salford took the lead in the 40th minute with a penalty scored by Foster. The Salford players and fans were screaming `Handball!', but, bizarrely, Mr Johnson the ref gave a pen for a foul by the keeper that nobody else saw - he's got a bit of form for doing this kind of thing though see here). Fylde equalized almost immediately, but Foster retaliated by grabbing his billionth goal of the season to make it 2-1 at half-time.
Fylde piled on the pressure in the second half, but Salford defended heroically. And in injury time, Steve Foster completed his hat-trick, knocking the ball past the on-rushing keeper before belting it triumphantly into the empty net.
`6-2 to the Fozzy' and `Rhodri Giggs' Tangerine Army' sang the fans. Yet another fantastic performance from Salford, and another superb hat-trick from Steve Foster.
Report and Photos by Andrew Goudie