After unbeaten start, Salford City suffer second straight loss

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SALFORD CITY have suffered their first back-to-back defeats since February after losing at Chorley on Tuesday night. The Ammies’ 20-match unbeaten run, which stretched back to last season’s promotion charge, came to an end on Saturday as they were dealt their first defeat in the National League North.

Salford lost 1-0 at Kidderminster, and although they went in front at Chorley through right-back Michael Nottingham, the hosts came back to win 2-1. Salford keeper Jay Lynch gave away a 13th-minute penalty and was shown a red card, only for it to be rescinded. And sure enough, he went on to save the penalty, but joint-manager Anthony Johnson was sent off before Nottingham scored from a 26th-minute corner.

Richie Allen almost doubled Salford’s lead before the break and inside five minutes of the second half, the Ammies found themselves 2-1 down. Jason Walker drew Chorley level before Dale Whitham curled in from the edge of the box and despite their best efforts, Salford couldn’t find an equaliser as they slipped to fifth in the table.

It was a disappointing night for all local sides in the National League North. Gary Gee and Adam Mather came straight into the starting line-up for STALYBRIDGE CELTIC after joining from Ashton United and Andy Owens gave them a 23rd-minute lead at Harrogate Town.

But the hosts hit back with Andi Thanoj, Jon Paul Pittman and Dominic Knowles scoring after the break to put Harrogate level again with leaders AFC Fylde.

ALTRINCHAM were also beaten on the road, losing 4-1 at Nuneaton Town. Jim Harvey was struggling that much for players that strikers Danny Hattersley and Craig Hobson had to play at centre-half, and Elliott Whitehouse gave the hosts an eighth-minute lead.

Just a minute later Charlie Joyce was sent off after giving away a penalty but Andrew Dawber saved Whitehouse’s spot-kick and 10-man Alty drew level on 17 minutes through Sean Miller. Nuneaton’s numerical advantage then told, though, as they went 4-1 by the break, with Whitehouse scoring a second.

Heavy rain shortly before kick-off meant home games for STOCKPORT COUNTY and MACCLESFIELD TOWN were postponed.

FC UNITED and CURZON ASHTON weren’t due to play but results elsewhere mean they, Altrincham and Stalybridge are all in the bottom five of the National League North.