Salford City will look to extend their unbeaten league run to 21 games in this week’s National League matchup.
Second placed Ammies are expected to emerge comfortable winners against a Chesterfield side completely devoid of confidence, following a winless run spanning back to August in the league.
Star striker Adam Rooney is in the form of his life, with seven goals in his past six appearances. His clinical attacking play has taken the Dublin-born striker’s goal tally to 19 – a tally higher than any other player in the top six divisions of English football this season.
High praise for Graham Alexander’s side:
Alex Narey, editor of the Non League Paper, praised Salford’s resilience this week. He said: “They can be a bit puzzling. Just when you think they are having a bit of a wobble they hit back and their last two results, 4-0 and 3-0 home wins against Aldershot and Havant respectively are proof of that.
“They play a high-pressing game and can pick teams off at will with Danny Lloyd and Danny Whitehead pulling the strings behind the powerful front two of Rory Gaffney and Adam Rooney.”
Graham Alexander’s side come into the game just one point off top spot. So, a win is a necessity to further pile the pressure on league leaders Leyton Orient.
Salford suffered a particularly slow start to the season. The Ammies only picked up eight points from their first six games. As a result, Salford have been unable to push clear of Orient who are having a fantastic campaign themselves.
With top spot up for grabs, Salford fans will be hoping for a helping from 11th placed Boreham Wood. Expectations aren’t high however; the home side have lost their last two games and are without a win in six.
Gary Neville speaks about Salford City success:
Co-owner Gary Neville was in great spirits in a recent interview. He told the Football Writers’ Association: “We expected a tough start but with the investment we have made, and the managerial appointment, we thought we would be up there challenging. Our approach has always been to be in contention going into the New Year. We have a tough run of fixtures coming up and if we’re in touching distance in mid-January we’re on course.
“We are well ahead of our initial plans. We have won three promotions in four years, we thought it would be one every two years. The initial aspiration was to get into the Football League because the original idea was to have an academy, to give young players a chance. We realised we needed a team for them to move into, and to have a proper academy you need to be a Football League club.”
A Christmas campaign:
Salford City have also launched their 2018 Christmas Jumpers for Goalposts campaign. The project aims to collect warm clothes for the local homeless population in this particularly difficult time of the year.
In Salford, people are four times more likely to be homeless compared to the rest of the UK.
— Salford City FC (@SalfordCityFC) November 19, 2018
Travel advice for the Ammies first trip to the Proact Stadium, according to the club website, is as follows:
For those travelling by car:
The ground is situated on the old A61 Sheffield Road at Whittington Moor, which is approximately one mile from the town centre and is well sign posted with brown football signs on all major routes into Chesterfield. (If travelling on the M1 we recommend you use Junction 29 irrespective of whether you are travelling from the North or South).
From M1 J29, proceed for 7 miles along the dual carriageway to Chesterfield. At the big Horns Bridge roundabout go all the way round and take the A61 Sheffield dual carriageway (Inner relief road) to the Tesco roundabout. Turn left and proceed to next roundabout with the Stadium in view. Turn right at this roundabout and the stadium is approximately 400 yards on the right.
For those travelling by train:
Chesterfield Railway Station is approximately a 30 minute walk away.
For those making use of the away supporters coach:
The coaches will depart from the Henry Boddington at 11 am. Pick up will be approximately 15 minutes after the final whistle.