Salford City v Manchester United U21s

On a blustery day in Salford, it was a day to remember for Salford City’s interim manger Paul Scholes as he watched his side beat his former employers 2-0 thanks to goals from James Wilson and Ash Hunter, at the Peninsula Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Scholes named an unchanged side to the one that drew 1-1 with Crawley Town last week, with Luke Burgess been named amongst the subs, after returning from a loan spell at AFC Fylde.

Salford were keen to impose their dominance in this game from the first whistle and Hunter had a chance to open the scoring on the 2nd minute.

Some great work from the inform Wilson down the left saw him pull the ball back for the unmarked Hunter who blazed a shot high from close range.

The opening encounters of this game saw the home side create multiple chances to score, as they certainly looked fired up.

After a lot of early pressure, Salford finally found a breakthrough thanks to Wilson on the 24th minute.

A powerful Brandon Thomas-Asante burst down the right allowed him to cross which deflected off former Ammies man, Carl Piergianni, and landed at the feet of Wilson who tapped home to make it five goals from five at home for him.

The goal was nothing more than Salford deserved and it now forced Oldham to come out in search for that equaliser

Oldham’s golden chance for an equaliser fell in Callum Wheelan in minute 58 of play.

Found through a great Bobby Grant pass, Wheelan was one on one with Václav Hladký but could only toe poke his efforts inches wide of the right hand post.

This was a chance you felt the away side had to take otherwise they might pay for it .

And pay for it they did as in the 73rd minute, Hunter making sure of the three points for his side.

Ian Henderson’s low cross found the former Fleetwood man who finished to Ian Lawlor’s left from 12 yards.

The second goal assured the win for the Ammies, who truth be told were levels above their opponents from the first minute.

Speaking on his reflection of the game, Scholes said: “Yeah i’m really pleased with it, we have to be.

“I thought Oldham made it difficult for us but we created some really good chances and should have scored more goals.”

Fulltime: Salford City 2-0 Oldham Athletic 


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