Salford City make statement ahead of FC United derby

Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley
Anthony Johnson (left) with joint-manager Bernard Morley (BBC)

IF SALFORD CITY’s first game of the season was under-whelming, they sure made a statement on Saturday. After drawing 1-1 at home to Gloucester on the opening day of their National League North campaign, the Ammies made the short trip to STALYBRIDGE CELTIC and thumped their local rivals 4-0.

Mike Phenix put Salford in front with a superb header just before the break and they romped home in style in the second half, scoring three goals in nine minutes. Matt Warburton made it 2-0 on 61 minutes and Jordan Hulme struck three minutes later before Sam Walker converted a penalty to round off the scoring.

Anthony Johnson highlighted the threat Stalybridge pose from set-pieces and expected it to be one of their toughest away days of the season. So Salford’s joint-manager admitted he was buzzing to come away not just with a win but four goals and a clean sheet.

It was also a huge confidence boost ahead of Tuesday night’s derby at home to FC UNITED, who are also on a high after a derby win having beat STOCKPORT COUNTY 2-0 on Friday night.

After winning their first two games, County aim to bounce back at home to FC Halifax on Tuesday night. STALYBRIDGE are away to AFC Telford while ALTRINCHAM host AFC Fylde after drawing 2-2 in each of their first three games.

CURZON ASHTON claimed a welcome win on Saturday, Connor Hampson’s early goal at Alfreton proving decisive, but the Nash lost 2-1 at home to Darlington on Monday night.
The visitors struck early in each half and although Niall Cummins pulled one back on 55 minutes, Curzon couldn’t salvage a point.

Up in the Vanarama National League, MACCLESFIELD TOWN host Southport on Tuesday night looking to back up Saturday’s excellent 3-1 win at Braintree.

First-half goals by Danny Rowe and Chris Holroyd were followed up a Jack Sampson effort on 73 minutes, with the hosts scoring an 81st-minute penalty.

That put the Silkmen sixth in the table after two wins from three, while Southport got their first points with a 2-1 home win against Woking.