Redshaw Strikes Twice But Ammies Edged Out In Seven Goal Thriller
Great entertainment at Moor Lane with new signing Jack Redshaw scoring twice as the Ammies lose 4-3 to League One Blackpool
SATURDAY 22nd JULY 2017
SALFORD CITY 3 BLACKPOOL 4
1-0 Jack REDSHAW (2nd min)
1-1 Kyle VASSELL (11th min)
1-2 Brad POTTS (44th min)
1-3 Bright OSAYI-SAMUEL (47th min)
2-3 Michael NOTTINGHAM (49th min)
3-3 Jack REDSHAW (62nd min)
3-4 Max CLAYTON (66th min)
Salford City lost this game by the odd goal in seven but can still take a tremendous amount of satisfaction from their performance against a very strong Blackpool side. The Seasiders won promotion via the League Two play-offs at the end of last season and whilst their quality was plain to see there was plenty on display from the Ammies too. Striker Jack Redshaw scored two of Salford’s goals this afternoon after agreeing a two-year deal with the club and make no mistake, that is likely to be a very influential signing indeed.
A pleasant, sunny afternoon at Moor Lane, and the general feeling of well-being amongst the home support was boosted even further less than two minutes after the start. Redshaw, who was with Blackpool last season, had already been crowded out after a jinking run into the box before he managed to open the scoring. Mike Phenix’s run on the right was followed up by a low cross to the near post where Redshaw was on hand slot home a low effort off the inside of the upright. Jack’s previous goal for the Ammies had been a hat-trick clincher in a 3-1 win at Oldham Boro in November 2011, a Manchester Premier Cup tie played in front of 37 supporters – how far both he and Salford City have travelled since then.
A great start for the home side but Blackpool meant business and were soon playing some slick stuff as they searched for an equaliser. The game would be quite open throughout and with 7 mintes on the clock Salford defender Carl Piergianni had a header from a corner blocked. It can only be a matter of time until the former Boston United defender makes one of those count but in the meantime he had work to do at the other end of the field. Blackpool were beginning to look threatening and in the 11th minute Bright Osayi-Samuel’s powered into the left-hand side of the penalty area before squaring a simple ball across the face of goal. Kyle Vassell had the simplest of tasks to level the scores from close range and Salford’s early advantage had lasted just 9 minutes.
The Seasiders were asking questions and although Salford came up with most of the answers the visitors had their chances. With seventeen minutes played a deep cross from the left was controlled in the box but under pressure from the recovering Piergianni Brad Potts’ 15 yard effort flew high over the bar. Within seconds a lobbed ball into the left-hand side of the area sent a Blackpool player clear only for Max Crocombe to advance and collect.
In an attacking sense Salford were giving as good as they were getting and Piergianni’s delightful lobbed pass to the right fell for Phenix only for last season’s top scorer to drive an angled effort over the bar.
Osayi-Samuel was causing problems on Blackpool’s left flank and with 25 minutes played he went for the line again before pulling the ball back into the middle where Piergianni was forced to concede a corner. Back down at the school end Redshaw and Mark Shelton combined effectively moving the ball from the right into the centre where Phenix hit a low 18-yarder straight at Blackpool keeper Ryan Allsop.
All of Salford’s pre-season games have had entertaining first halves and this one would be no exception. It was Blackpool’s turn to entertain next and a flowing build-up moved possession to the right-hand side of the box from where an 18-yarder forced Crocombe to drop to his left and make a smart save.
Twelve minutes before the break Gus Mafuta was bundled over a few yards outside the Blackpool area but Redshaw couldn’t keep his right-of-centre free-kick down. The Seasiders responded by launching an attack of their own and one of their forward players burst into the area on the left before hitting a stinging shot from an acute angle that Crocombe did well to block and the keeper recovered quickly to smother the loose ball as opponents closed in for the kill.
The Seasiders were probing for openings in a Salford defence that was coping well but just before half-time the visitors went ahead. Osayi-Samuel again did well, pushing almost to the line on the left before picking out Potts on the edge of the box. Blackpool’s number 8 capitalised on his sight of goal, slamming in a low 20 yard shot that beat the diving Crocombe at his right-hand upright.
Blackpool almost extended their lead just a minute later at the end of another crisply constructed move. A good ball out to the right was followed by a cross of real quality but the recipient could only lift his 12 yard left-of-centre shot over the crossbar.
HALF TIME: SALFORD CITY 1 BLACKPOOL 2
The Seasiders started the second half as they had finished the first and within 2 minutes of the restart scored their third goal of the afternoon. The Ammies lost possession in midfield and Andy Taylor’s pass sent Osayi-Samuel away on a left flank run that was followed up by a low shot that beat Crocombe on its way inside the far post.
Salford were up against it, but they responded in exactly the right way, halving Blackpool’s advantage within 2 more minutes. A ball up the middle and into Blackpool’s box was contested by Redshaw but when Mark Shelton picked up possession he slid a pass to the right for Michael Nottingham. The former Solihull defender has shown a real eye for goal since moving North to Moor Lane and here he hit the sweetest of shots across the Blackpool keeper and inside the far post.
A superby struck effort and the Ammies looked to build on their momentum. Josh Askew and Richie Allen came on for Ibou Touray and Phenix respectively and the home side were keeping possession well, exerting some consistent pressure on the opposing goal. They were defending well too, exemplified by Piergianni’s well-timed sliding challenge to thwart an opponent’s run on goal followed immediately by another great tackle to close down the Blackpool player who had picked up the loose ball.
In the 62nd minute Allen’s quickly taken free-kick on the left gave Redshaw the chance to push into the box on the left. He didn’t disappoint either, moving inside before curling in a great effort that gave the keeper no earthly chance to make a save, with the ball dropping gently inside the far post.
An excellent effort from Salford to get themselves back on level terms after the body blow of conceding that third goal right at the start of the second half. They almost edged ahead a couple of minutes later but Redshaw was denied a hat-trick when his goalbound effort from the edge of the area was blocked.
Instead however it was Blackpool who scored a goal to take the lead again midway through the second half. The influential Potts dropped a pass into the right-hand side of the area where Max Clayton blasted in a rising effort that beat Crocombe as it smashed into the back of the net.
Another good strike but surprisingly that goal would mark the end of the afternoon’s scoring, despite both sides’ best efforts in the time that remained. With 13 minutes left a Salford trialist advanced on the right before playing a sublime diagonal ball to the far side of the pitch, picking out Redshaw. The fleet-footed frontman teased his man before rolling a pass back towards the edge of the box and Shelton hit a stinging low effort that the Blackpool keeper did well to push around his left-hand upright.
The Ammies applied more pressure as they looked for another equaliser but were almost caught out in the 79th minute. A clearance fell for Oseyi-Samuel on halfway and he turned away from Scott Burton before surging down the left flank. This looked like trouble for Salford but after doing all the hard work the Blackpool winger could only steer a low effort just wide of the far post.
With 7 minutes left Redshaw tried a lobbed effort from the edge of the box and right-of-centre only to see that ambitious effort drop over the crossbar. At the other end and in the penultimate minute, a Blackpool player tried his luck from an angle on the left only to see Crocombe make a good blocking stop.
FULL TIME: SALFORD CITY 3 BLACKPOOL 4
Just over 600 spectators were given a real treat by these two sides, witnessing a game that provided plenty of attacking excitement and was determinedly contested from start to finish. Jack Redshaw’s return to Moor Lane is a cracking signing for the club and those two goals will certainly whet the appetite of their supporters. Undeniably there is plenty of ability all over the park and there were some great individual performances this afternoon. The gelling process can be an uncertain one in football but it seems to well underway for the Ammies, on the brink of what looks like being another momentous season. Whatever happens during 2017-2018 we are guaranteed some outstanding entertainment…
SALFORD CITY (White Shirts/Black Shorts/Black Socks):
1) Max CROCOMBE
2) Liam HOGAN
3) Carl PIERGIANNI
4) Scott BURTON
5) Danny LIVESEY
6) Gus MAFUTA
7) Michael NOTTINGHAM
8) Mark SHELTON
9) Mike PHENIX
10) Jack REDSHAW
11) Ibou TOURAY
14) Josh ASKEW (for TOURAY, 52nd min)
GK) Tony AGHAYERE
18) Richie ALLEN (for PHENIX, 50th min)
BLACKPOOL (Sky Blue/White/Blackpool):
1) Ryan ALLSOP
2) Kelvin MELLOR
3) Peter HARTLEY
4) Clark ROBERTSON
5) Andy TAYLOR
6) Jimmy RYAN
7) Callum COOKE
8) Brad POTTS
9) Bright OSAYI-SAMUEL
10) Max CLAYTON
11) Kyle VASSELL
12) Christoffer MAFOUMBI
14) Caleb RICHARDS
15) Sebastian Des PRES
16) Dylan SUMNER
17) Armand GNANDUILLET
Referee: Ryan JOHNSON
Assistants: Nick GIBBONS & Richard COOPER