This Sunday marks one year since Salford City won the Papa Johns Trophy at the iconic Wembley Stadium through a tense penalty shootout.
Salford secured their place in the final in early 2020, but they had to wait over a year to play the decisive fixture due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus.
Despite taking on League One side Portsmouth, it was The Ammies that had the better of the chances before the game was decided on a tense penalty shootout.
One of the heroes of the day, Jason Lowe, sat down with us and looked back on what was such a special day for the club and for himself personally.
When asked what his memories of the game were, Jason smiled: “It was a very tiring game! Having to go to extra time”, he laughed. “I remember the penalty rather well though!”
Lowe scored the winning penalty on the day, a moment that solidified himself in Ammies folklore.
Lowe continued: “It was one that I thought we played really well on the day. It was just a fantastic day, to get to the final.
“It was a previous group that got us there and the lads that came in, got to carry that forward.
“For the lads that were there they put in a brilliant shift and a brilliant performance and when you get to a final, you want to win it and remember it for all the right reasons. It was a brilliant day!”
The Wigan born midfielder has adopted a new position this season, filling in at right back rather than his familiar place in midfield. Speaking about his new role, he said: “I’ve played there before. I’ve sometimes been asked to fill in here, there and everywhere!
“If the manager asks you to do a job for the team, I’m going to go out there and do the best job I can.”
In his new role, Lowe swung in a beautiful cross last weekend against league leaders Forest Green Rovers, getting himself off the mark with his assist tally this season.
“I want to use my energy that I have and get forward and try and support the front lads,” Lowe said.
Another role that Salford’s number four has taken on in recent weeks is the responsibility of wearing the captain’s armband after Ash Eastham picked up an injury.
He said: “I’ve done the role before. Obviously Ash (Eastham) is the captain and he’s out at the moment, but you just carry on with what you do and and take on the responsibility but that’s something the rest of the team needs to do as well.”
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The stand-in captain also spoke ahead of this Saturday’s away tie with Exeter City, saying: “Everyone knows we’re in the final stages of the season and I think it’s important we just focus on the next game.
“Exeter are coming off the back of a good result in midweek (after beating Swindon Town 3-1) and they’re right up there as well, but we know there is no team to fear in this league.
“If we play the way we know we can for the majority of the 90 minutes, then we’ve got a good chance of winning. So, let’s see what we can do.”
The last time the two sides faced, back in October, Salford conceded a last minute goal handing the opponents the three points.
Lowe added by saying: “Like I said, they are full of confidence and they move the ball round well. They make it really difficult for you.
“We’re going to have lots of challenges to face but at the same time it’s important to impose ourselves on the game and be a threat going the other way.”
A win could see Salford rise above Port Vale and move to 10th position, keeping all hopes of promotion still within a realistic reach.
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