Bernard Morley insists Salford City can get back on track

Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley
Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley (BBC)

JOINT-manager Bernard Morley insists SALFORD CITY can turn around their league form after going six games without a win in the National League North.

The Ammies began their first-ever season at step two with a nine-match unbeaten run, which saw them top the table, but they are now seventh after Saturday’s 3-3 draw at home to Boston United.

Salford twice equalised through Michael Nottingham and James Poole before John Johnston put them 3-2 up on 70 minutes, but Greg Smith pounced with 10 minutes left to earn the visitors a point.

Morley said: “If you score three goals you should take maximum points. They were poor goals to concede so we’re scratching our heads at times.

“The first goal was from a stupid foul that we gave away and the second they caught us on the break. We had to work hard for our goals yet we just seem to gift them goals and that’s something that’s becoming more frequent at the minute.

“But of course we can get out of this form. I saw a difference on Saturday. For 45 minutes it was really entertaining. We created a lot of chances and limited them to a few, and the crowd seemed to enjoy it.

“I think that got us out of the rut we were in because we’ve not won in six. It’s important we stick together, address what we think went wrong on Saturday and take it into the Tamworth game next Saturday. If we get a win, I believe we can go on another unbeaten run.”

FC UNITED are 16th after losing 1-0 at AFC Telford through a 62nd-minute goal by Conor McCarthy while STALYBRIDGE CELTIC remain second-bottom. They lost 4-0 at Worcester with two of the goals coming in the last three minutes.

ASHTON UNITED had to settle for a 0-0 draw at home to Barwell, leaving them seventh in the Evo-Stik Premier, while ex-Salford and Ashton winger Adam Morning scored the only goal as Colne won 1-0 at MOSSLEY in the Evo-Stik North.

League rivals RADCLIFFE BOROUGH romped to a 5-1 home win against Goole with Aboubacar Sanogo scoring twice in the second half while RAMSBOTTOM UNITED came from behind to win 2-1 at home to Ossett Albion.

But HYDE UNITED lost 3-2 at Scarborough Athletic, DROYLSDEN were beaten 2-1 at Tadcaster and TRAFFORD suffered a 3-0 home defeat against Bamber Bridge.

All our local Evo-Stik North sides are in the bottom half, with Trafford and Radcliffe the best off. They’re joint 13th with 14 points from 10 games.

In the pick of the North West Counties Premier results, Omar McKenzie, George Noon and Nico Collins all scored twice as ABBEY HEY won 7-0 at home to Nelson, while WEST DIDSBURY & CHORLTON suffered a late 1-0 defeat at home to 1874 Northwich, who went top on goal difference.

Other NWCFL results: AFC Liverpool 1 New Mills 1, Cammell Laird 1 Maine Road 1, Atherton LR 0 Cheadle Town 3, Chadderton 3 Holker Old Boys 2, Prestwich Heys 1 City of Liverpool 0, Stockport Town 3 Alsager Town 2.