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Salford City comfortably progressed into the third round of the Leasing.com Trophy as a Luke Armstrong brace either side of half time helped them to a 3-0 win against Wolves U-21s at the Peninsula Stadium.

Richie Towell added Salford’s third and final goal of the game in the 87th minute.

Graham Alexander made seven changes from the side that drew 0-0 at home to Macclesfield last week despite not having a league game at the weekend.

The opening 25 minutes were quiet and cagey with Wolves controlling the early possession and looking the more threatening.

The game’s opening goal came from a Salford corner which was headed towards goal by Carl Piergianni.

His header was parried and Armstrong was the quickest to react, scoring from close range in the 43rd minute.

The first half was largely uneventful but Salford looked a constant threat from corners and were able to utilise that strength to take the lead just before the break.

Salford’s second goal came early in the second-half as Jake Jervis’s delightful cross was dispatched by Armstrong whose diving header found the bottom corner.

Salford had a chance to go 3-0 up when Danny Lloyd cut in past a Wolves defender but he was unable to get his shot on target.

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Just two minutes later Salford created another opening as a deflected shot fell to midfielder Joey Jones.

His long range shot was well saved by Wolves’ young keeper Sondergaard.

In the 82nd minute, Towell got on the end of a dangerous cross and forced a dramatic diving save from Sondergaard.

The win was sealed late on as a Salford City’s corner was only cleared as far as Towell.

He made no mistake this time and smashed his effort from the edge of the area into the roof of the net.

Salford return to league action on Saturday as they travel to 10th place Colchester United.

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