Salford City fell to a 2-0 defeat against Bolton Wanderers in their SkyBet League Two clash on Friday night at the University of Bolton Stadium.
This was the first time both sides had met in a league match, with the Ammies this season hoping to build on their maiden campaign in the English Football League, whilst former Premier League outfit Bolton will be looking for a quick return to SkyBet League One.
It was the home side took the lead in the 23rd minute, courtesy of a goal from Eoin Doyle.
Although Salford came close on a few occasions with efforts from Bruno Andrade and Brandon Thomas-Asante, both players failed to hit the back of the net.
Salford showed a dominant display with over 64% of the match possession. But as Salford centre back Jordan Turnbull scored a freak own goal in the 67th minute, the game was destined to go Bolton’s way.
A win for Salford could have pushed them up towards play-off places, which would have been a great boost so early on in the season.
There was much to be said about the own goal from Turnbull., as hundreds of tweets flooded in throughout the match from fans and rivals.
— Carl Arrowsmith (@Carlos_1982) November 13, 2020
Feeling the force of the loss was new manager Richie Wellens, but believes his ambitions match that of the club, with plans to ”trial promotion” and says ”there is no ceiling to what this club can achieve.”
The result of the match leaves Salford City in 12th place, still 3 points above Bolton Wanderers who occupy 16th.
Next up for the Ammies is a visit from Bradford City on the 21st November with a 3pm kick-off.
This will be their 12th game of the season.