Pre-Season Schedule Ends On A High Note
A relatively inexperienced Salford City line-up at Shawe View but they turned in an accomplished performance to beat Trafford
TUESDAY 1ST AUGUST 2017
TRAFFORD 0 SALFORD CITY 2
0-1 Anthony DUDLEY (13th min)
0-2 TRIALIST (22nd min)
Salford City concluded their pre-season schedule with a 2-0 win at Shawe View, courtesy of goals from Anthony Dudley and a trialist. Another lively and entertaining showing with a good, solid performance from an Ammies side comprised of first team players, academy lads and trialists. There were some familiar faces in the home side too, with Grant Shenton, Paul Linwood and Rio Ahmadi having represented the Ammies previously.
It’s always a pleasure to visit Trafford F.C. and on a pleasant evening both sides started the game looking to create chances. Salford’s Josh Askew was the first to threaten directly, hitting a 4th minute edge-of-the-box effort over former keeper Grant Shenton’s crossbar.
With a dozen minutes on the clock Anthony Dudley and Jake Beesley both had efforts on goal blocked and so far promising approach play had not really been converted into clear cut scoring opportunities. That all changed within another 60 seconds as Joel Barlow brought the ball out of defence before dropping a great pass into the path of Askew on the left. The former Blackburn man surged past a defender with ease before delivering a low ball into the box where ANTHONY DUDLEY placed a rising finish to Shenton’s left.
A nicely worked goal for the visitors and the former Bury man had another shot, from the left-hand angle of the box, blocked just a couple of minutes later. The loose ball fell for one of Salford’s trialists, number 7, whose attempt drifted high and wide of the far post.
Another of Salford’s trialists, number 10, was the next to cause problems for the home defence, whipping in an 18th minute cross from wide on the left. Beesley was closing in at the far post but just failed to apply what would surely have been a decisive touch as the ball flashed past him.
Salford were playing well and just before the midway point of the half their lead was doubled. A series of quick passes worked possession inside from the right where Trialist number 10 hit a low, sweetly struck left-footer that beat Shenton’s dive to the right.
Trialist number 7 did well in the 26th minute, cutting in from the left prior to finding Beesley inside the penalty area. The former Chesterfield forward displayed nifty footwork to find a yard of space but didn’t get behind a low effort that rolled through to Shenton.
So far Trafford’s customary neat football hadn’t punctured the Ammies’ defensive resolve although Markell Foulds was forced to repel a dangerous raid in the 29th minute. From their next attack the home side very nearly got onto the scoresheet as Andy Keogh’s darting run on the left was followed by a good cross into the middle. Striker Ash Wood moved decisively to get to the ball first but was unable to keep down a header that dropped a yard over the crossbar.
Better from Trafford but the Salford’s Trialist number 10 almost snatched his second goal of the evening 11 minutes before the interval. After moving inside from the right he hit a low shot that clipped off the inside of Shenton’s right-hand upright before rolling obligingly across the line for the home keeper to collect. A close run thing for Trafford but they countered quickly and Michael Bakare muscled his way clear through the inside right channel. Having got into the box the home number 11 tried a powerful shot that Tony Aghayere did very well to block and the Salford keeper recovered to smother Woods’ slightly scuffed follow-up effort.
Trafford went even closer in the 37th minute after Matias Bakare’s pass to the right picked out Michael Bakare again and this time he cut inside towards the edge of the box. Salford’s defence had done well so far but they had backed off this time and Michael Bakare tried a gently curling 20-yarder that clipped off the outside of Aghayere’s right-hand post. The ball stayed in play and Keogh delivered a dangerous cross towards the far post that Askew knocked behind for a corner.
The first half finished with Trafford pressing for a goal and Aghayere was in action in the 43rd minute, diving to his right to stop and hold a well hit left-of-centre Corrigan free-kick.
HALF TIME: TRAFFORD 0 SALFORD CITY 2
An eminenty satisfactory first half performance from the Ammies and they made 3 changes during the interval, with Askew, Dudley and Beesley withdrawn for Sam Wright, Anointed Chukwe and Emmanuel Ogunrinde respectively.
Trafford were the first to conjure second half menace when in the 47th minute Aghayere clawed away a corner from his left, with the loose ball falling for the centrally positioned Matias Bakare. From just outside the area a powerful low shot was dispatched but possibly after a deflection Aghayere was able to trap the ball in his legs while seated on the turf.
Matias Bakare would test Salford’s keeper again in the 56th minute but after a smart turn on the left-hand angle of the penalty area his shot was comfortably saved. On the hour Salford defender Barlow managed to block an effort on goal following a cross from the flank and shortly after that the Ammies made a couple more substitutions. This time another trialist – we’ll call him number 18 – replaced Shelton and within a few more minutes keeper George Neave came on for Aghayere.
Trafford had made a number of changes as well and as a result the rhythm of the game wasn’t as smooth as it had been during the first half. Academy lads Ogunrinde and Chukwu worked hard up front to harass Trafford’s defence and at the other end an inexperienced Salford defence were holding the home attack at bay. Ogunrinde almost created a chance out of nothing as he chased a Trafford back-pass and the keeper’s hasty clearance slammed into the pacy forward and away from danger, although it could just have easily have rebounded into the net.
Trafford continued to plug away and 17 minutes from time Jack Dorney’s low effort was capably gathered by Neave. In the 79th minute a cross from the left almost found the head of Michael Bakare at the far post but he couldn’t cap a good personal performance with a goal. Corrigan’s free-kick from the left had to be headed behind by a Salford defender soon after that but despite more late pressure the home side were unable to find a way through.
TRAFFORD 0 SALFORD CITY 2
A very satisfying evening’s work for the both the first team and the academy coaching staff as a strong Trafford side were beaten, with a very welcome clean sheet thrown in. The Ammies played some good football and their young players displayed an admirable mix of ability and composure in the face of much more experienced opposition.
The defensive partnership of Foulds and Barlow did well , there were moments of quality from the trialist players and the first team lads had a very useful workout.
Trafford will probably be amongst the front-runners in the NPL’s First Division North this season and we’d like to wish them all the best for 2017-2018. As always they played proper football on their excellent surface and if there are any regrets at all about Salford’s rapid rise it is that we can no longer count on trips to clubs as welcoming as our old friends from Shawe View.
So that’s it for a very encouraging pre-season, marred only by that unfortunate injury suffered by midfielder Gus Mafuta last week. Hopefully he’ll be back as quickly as possible but for now all eyes turn to the all-ticket season opener when Darlington visit Moor Lane on Saturday – the season most definitely starts there…
TRAFFORD (All White):
1) Grant SHENTON
2) Pauli LOUKOLA
3) Louis CORRIGAN
4) Chris PALMER
5) Josh GRANITE
6) Paul LINWOOD
7) Matias BAKARE
8) Scott SEPHTON
9) Ash WOODS
10) Andy KEOGH
11) Michael BAKARE
12) Jack DORNEY (for Matias BAKARE, 63rd min)
14) Sean YELDREM (for Michael BAKARE, 79th min)
15) Kingsley WILLIAMS (for PALMER, 72nd min)
16) Rio AHMADI (for WOODS, 72nd min)
17) Declan RYDINGS (for KEOGH, 72nd min)
18) Ally BROWN (for LOUKOLA, 63rd min)
GK) Terry SMITH (for SHENTON)
SALFORD CITY (All Blue):
1) Tony AGHAYERE
3) Josh ASKEW
5) Joel BARLOW
6) Markell FOULDS
8) Mark SHELTON (c)
9) Anthony DUDLEY
11) Jake BEESLEY
12) Emmanuel OGUNRINDE (for BEESLEY, half-time)
14) Anointed CHUKWE (for DUDLEY, half-time)
15) Alex DOYLE (for TRIALIST 7, 63rd min)
16) Sam WRIGHT (for ASKEW, half-time)
18) TRIALIST (for SHELTON, 63rd min)
GK) George NEAVE (for AGHAYERE, 67th min)
Referee: Mr. M.REEVES
Assistants: Mr. D.BELL & Mr. L.GRIFFITHS