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Salford Preview - A look at our trip to the Peninsula Stadium

8 April 2022

Match Previews

Salford Preview - A look at our trip to the Peninsula Stadium

8 April 2022

Town this weekend travel to promotion-chasing Salford City looking to make it back to back wins away from home following the 3-0 victory at Scunthorpe a fortnight ago.

It will be a tough proposition against Gary Bowyer's side though, who are in the midst of a strong run that has put them on the fringes of the promotion pack heading in to the final handful of games.

Our opponents

The Ammies lie tenth in League Two, within striking distance of the play-offs, just two points from Tranmere who currently occupy the final position.

They will though be looking to bounce back from Tuesday's 1-0 defeat at home to Port Vale, a result that dealt a blow to their hopes of a late run at an automatic promotion spot.

Prior to that loss, they had put together an eleven game unbeaten run that had seen them claim 25 points and surge up the table, built on a strong defence that saw them fail to concede more than one goal in any game during this time.

At The Peninsula Stadium this season the Ammies have taken 34 points, ninth best in the division during 2021/22.

Previous meetings

Salford triumphed at The Envirovent Stadium in late-November as goals either side of half-time from Matty Lund and Jason Lowe sealed a 2-0 win.

The Ammies had the upper hand in last season's pair of fixtures, the first time the two sides had met as Football League clubs after previously meeting in the National League.

A solitary James Wilson strike was good enough to see the Ammies take all three points at The Envirovent Stadium in mid-December with Ed Francis's last-minute equaliser good enough to earn Town a 2-2 draw at The Peninsula Stadium later in the season.

Ones to watch

Brandon Thomas-Asante is top scorer for the Ammies having hit double figures for the season. Midfielder Matty Lund has six goals since last summer's arrival from Rochdale.

Their strength has once again been their defensive unit, with the likes of Jason Lowe and Jordan Turnbull pillars in the back line. Goalkeeper Tom King has also stepped in well to fill the shoes of Vaclav Hladky following his move to Ipswich.

Salford will look to Ash Hunter to provide a creative spark, with the former Fleetwood man having tallied eight assists this season.

The club also brought in Ryan Watson from Tranmere and Matt Smith from Millwall in the January window, with both players playing a strong role in their recent unbeaten run.

The man in charge

Gary Bowyer is in the dugout for the visitors, having taken charge towards the end of the last season from Richie Wellens. Despite a consistent run of form Salford missed out on the playoff spots on the final day of the season.

A former youth coach, Bowyer has previously managed Blackburn Rovers, Blackpool and Bradford City.

Recent history

The club has of course had a rapid rise to reach this level, appearing at the North West Counties League level little over a decade ago.

The club were initially founded in 1940 as Salford Central, playing in local area leagues before joining the Manchester League in the 1960's where they enjoyed a sustained period of success. They then became founder members of the North West Counties League in 1982 before moving up to the Northern Premier League.

The takeover of the club by the ‘Class of 92' in 2014 whilst members of the Norther Premier League kickstarted the rise to Football League status and the club reached National League North in 2016.

Team news

Town go into the game without the quartet of Lewis Page, Josh Falkingham, Brahima Diarra and Lewis Richards, all of whom are sidelined for the remainder of the season.

Jack Muldoon and Simon Power are also doubts for the fixture.


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