Home truths help Salford City to stop the rot

Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley
Joint Salford City managers Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley (BBC)

JOINT-manager Bernard Morley believes sharing some home truths helped SALFORD CITY to claim their first win in eight in the National League North.

Jay Lynch made a superb save to prevent hosts AFC Telford taking an early lead before Salford captain Simon Grand scored against his former club from a 19th-minute corner. James Poole then bundled the ball in from Richie Allen’s 35th-minute cut-back to give the Ammies a 2-0 win and climb back above STOCKPORT COUNTY to ninth place.

The Hatters’ four-match winning run came to an end as Ryan Croasdale’s second-half goal gave Kidderminster a 1-0 win at Edgeley Park.

Salford tried to get back to basics in the week and it paid off. Morley revealed that he and Poole have clashed recently but the ex-Bury forward responded by getting back in the goals.

Morley said: “Pooley played a different role, behind the front two, and he was my man of the match. We’ve had our differences over the last week or so but we’ve put that aside. With a display like that, it’s all forgotten as far as I’m concerned.

“It was a much-needed three points,” added the Salford boss. “I enjoyed the game thoroughly, not just because we won but because of the way we played. We were leaps and bounds ahead of them. I think there was a different vibe in the dressing room and on the coach on the way here. I don’t know why but it was different, and the lads showed it on the pitch.

“If I’m honest, what’s the worst that could have happened? We could have lost again. The lads accepted that, they got together and did what they did. There’s no doubting the ability in the changing room, it was just getting back that desire and determination that the lads have maybe lacked the last couple of games.”

STALYBRIDGE CELTIC also enjoyed a crucial victory as they won 1-0 at fellow strugglers Bradford Park Avenue thanks to a 53rd-minute goal by Gary Gee. That lifted them off the bottom, above both Avenue and ALTRINCHAM, who suffered a 3-0 defeat at Worcester City.

FC UNITED and CURZON ASHTON both took an early lead but still ended up losing at home, with the Rebels beaten by 4-2 by Gloucester City and the Nash losing 2-1 to Gainsborough Trinity. FC are 15th while Curzon are fourth-bottom, just five points above Stalybridge.

MACCLESFIELD TOWN slipped to 10th in the Vanarama National League after hosts Maidstone scored a last-gasp goal to win 2-1, leaving the Silkmen five league games without a win.