Salford City travel to London to take on National league leaders Leyton orient on Saturday, knowing that a win will close the gap on top place.
The phrase ‘six-pointer’ is used often in football, but rarely does it mean as much as this. Despite being only half way through the season, this weekends fixture could see Salford City finish the day either 2 points off top spot, or a huge 8 points adrift or the former Football league side.
Salford go into the game with a spring in their step, despite what was an extremely tough Christmas period that saw them lose four games on the bounce, including a shocking 5-1 defeat at the hands of Wrexham. It looks like The Ammies haver put this behind them with revenge coming on New years Day in the form of a 2-0 victory over the Welsh side.
Graham Alexander’s side will be looking to build on the superb result on New Years Day which saw both strikers Rory Gaffney and Matt Green etch their names onto the scoresheet. Combine the threat of both of those men with top scorer Adam Rooney and it is clear to see how Salford will cause problems for Orient.
The problem isn’t in attack though, the key point to Saturdays game will be if Salford’s defence can hold up against the league leaders. Despite Alexander praising the resilience of his players to not be too down after the poor Christmas fixtures, its is hard to ignore the amount of goals shipped by the Ammies defence, including 3 at Barrow and 5 at Wrexham.
Orient aren’t in amazing form themselves. A shock defeat on Boxing Day at the hands of Dagenham and Redbridge was following with a disappointing goalless draw against Dover. Like Salford, Orient did win on New Years Day though, seeing off Boxing day opponents Dagenham and Redbridge 1-0.
Last time the two sides met resulted in a 1-1 draw on the opening day of the season.
While the result may be unclear, one thing is for sure, this will be a fantastic match for any neutrals watching and a great advert for the National league.
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