Salford City

Salford City closed the gap at the top of the National League to just four points after a hard-fought 0-1 victory over Aldershot Town on Saturday.

Salford took full advantage of the league leaders Leyton Orient having their game postponed, defeating Aldershot to close the gap at the top of the table and keep their hopes of automatic promotion well and truly alive.

Devonte Redmond’s first goal for the Ammies was enough to see off the Shots in what was an extremely hard fought victory in tough conditions.

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Graham Alexander named an unchanged side as the Ammies looked for a fourth win in succession in the league.

The majority of the match was spent battling against the extremely tough conditions in Hampshire. The wind making it tough for either side to play their usual style of football.

Former Manchester United youngster Redmond converted his first goal for the Ammies just before half-time, hitting a low driven shot into the bottom left hand corner of the Aldershot goal.

The second-half saw a barrage of attempts on the Salford goal from the home side as they went in search of an equaliser. Instead what they found was a strong and stubborn Salford defence, detremined to keep a clean sheet.

Despite a number of late chances, including some smart saves from Ammies keeper Chris Neal, Salford hung on for what could be a crucial three points on the road.

The result will be a huge boost to Salford’s automatic promotion hopes as we approach the final couple months of the season. The defeat could prove to be a huge blow for Aldershot however, leaving the hosts just above the dreaded drop zone.

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