Salford City could only manage a draw against Newport County on Tuesday night after leading until the last seconds of added time.
Salford were on great form throughout the game going ahead late in the first half with Tom Clarke scoring his first goal for the team.
His crowd-pleasing header put them ahead and they could have had more, playing well throughout.
Manager Richie Wellens made three changes to the line up since their previous game last Saturday with Brandon Thomas Asante, James Wilson, and Oscar Threlkeld being brought in to the main squad.
Salford’s one-goal advantage seemed sure to bring the team a well-earned victory but Newport equalised from a penalty in added time.
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Newport also put on a strong performance throughout the match and were good competitors with their goalkeeper Nick Townsend stopping many promising goal opportunities from Salford’s side.
Newport County also had a goal opportunity in the thirteenth minute when a corner reached the box with the help of Mickey Demetriou but Oscar Threlkeld of Salford managed to intervene and the shot hit the post.
Brandon Thomas-Asante of Salford created another amazing goal opportunity when his skills lead to a decent effort but were thwarted to be thwarted by the keeper.
Thomas-Asante was on overall good form throughout the game getting to the line and managing to get the ball over the six-yard box but teammate James Wilson was just too late.
In the second half, James Wilson was replaced by Bruno Andrade with only a quarter of an hour left of play who helped keep the advantage in Salford’s favour for the majority of the match.
It was in the five minutes of added time that Newport County’s Brandon Cooper appeared to be fouled by Demitriou in front of the goal.
Although it seemed that the foul had actually occurred due to a collision by two Newport players the penalty was awarded by the referee with Josh Sheenan bringing the score to a draw.
Salford City had no time to recover and the match concluded with fans disappointed after what was a promising game from Richie Wellens’ side.
Fans can catch Salford City again this Saturday at 3pm when they face off against Harrogate Town.