Salford City have made back-to-back victories for the first time this season, defeating Cambridge United 1-0 at the Peninsula Stadium.
Salford City were looking for their second victory in succession after their impressive 3-0 victory away to Walsall last week. Cambridge haven’t won in their previous three matches, but boast an impressive away record, winning three and losing only once in their last five matches on the road.
The first half was scarce for action. Craig Conway looked the brightest player for the Salford attack, with his shot cutting in from the left saved by Cambridge keeper Dimitar Mitov, the only shot on target in the first half.
Salford’s long balls over the top were easily handled by the Cambridge defence and it seemed as Salford couldn’t find another alternative to break their opponents defence down.
At the other end, Cambridge were as equally as poor, not registering a single shot on target. George Maris produced a brilliant bit of improvisation as he kept the ball up before volleying just over the Salford crossbar.
But Cambridge came out of half-time the better team. George Maris wasted a free header in the Salford area, and Luke Hannant’s shot went underneath his own feet. If it wasn’t for Ibou Touray’s vital interception on Sam Smith, the Cambridge striker would of had his sixth goal of the campaign.
With Cambridge looking increasingly likely to break the deadlock, Craig Conway found captain Adam Rooney, as his glancing header came off the back-post and gave Salford the lead. It was Rooney’s second goal of the season and a vital one, which helps push Salford up to 14th in League 2.
In a game not filled with any excitement or high-quality chances, it rested on who would be able to get the decisive goal, and in the end, Rooney was clinical enough to get on the end of Conway’s cross, as Conway proved to be the best player on the day for Salford.
Next for Salford is an away trip to 18th placed Northampton, as they look to make it three consecutive victories for the first time since April.
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