Salford City’s new skipper Ibou Touray believes Saturday’s game against Crewe Alexandra will be a tough test of his side’s level. 

Ahead of this weekend’s battle between two sides vying for promotion, The Gambia international spoke of how important a win against a side like Crewe would be for his side’s confidence and to demonstrate their ability to challenge at the top end of the table this season.

“These are the games that show the level you’re at. 

“They’re going to be a top team. 

“So, if we can put in a good performance and get a win against a team like Crewe, then I think everyone will realise that we are going to be up there.”

The two sides have only met once before in the league.

That fixture ended 3-1 to Salford in the 19/20 League Two season.

One of the goalscorers on the day was Brandon Thomas-Asante, who scored his first career goal in that game.

Ibou Touray, speaking ahead of the Crewe game.

Touray spoke highly of his teammate after his two goals from three games so far this season:

“I think defenders are scared of Brandon!

“He gives a lot going forward. 

“You can give him the ball anywhere in the attacking third, and he looks dangerous.

“I think he’s a dream for any attackers playing with him.”

Salford’s longest-serving player added:

“He’s really quick and really strong.

“You can give the ball to his feet, you can put him in behind, and he usually makes something of it.

“Hopefully, he can stay fit and sharp and keep scoring goals.”

Captain Touray

After over 200 appearances for the club, over five years, on Thursday (11th August) evening, Salford City announced their longest-serving player as their new team captain.

Ash Eastham remains club captain.

Watch our interview with Touray about his new role below.

Team News

Matty Lund is back from suspension and is available again for league selection.

Lund returned in Salford’s 5-1 defeat away to Bolton in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday.

After sustaining a muscular and a tendon tear in the 2-0-win over Mansfield, Liam Shephard is out for the foreseeable future.

It is unknown whether surgery is required.

Club captain Ash Eastham is still unavailable through injury.


Both teams lost their most recent matches, their Carabao Cup first-round fixture, by four-goal margins.

Salford lost 5-1 away at Bolton, and Crewe were beaten 4-0 by Grimsby.

Crewe are second in the league after two wins from two.

They defeated Rochdale 1-2 and Harrogate 3-0.

The Ammies sit in seventh with 4 points after two games; the 2-0 win over Mansfield and 0-0 stalemate with Swindon.

Neil Wood’s men will be eager to get back to winning ways at the Peninsula Stadium on Saturday (13th August) afternoon.

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