Salford City prepare for a first-round fixture against Peterborough United in the FA Cup for the second season in a row.

In a strange event resembling the film Groundhog Day, the Ammies drew Peterborough for the second time in the FA Cup first round. In last year’s fixture, Salford City were knocked out by the Posh in a replay at home by three goals to nil. With goals from the likes of Jack Marriot and Mason-Clark. 

Despite last year’s result, many know how much teams can change from season to season. Salford City, on the back of an exciting win against Manchester United’s U-21 team, will look to win their first FA Cup fixture of the season. 

Peterborough are in hot form, scoring 25 goals so far in League One, with Clark-Harris their top goal scorer with six goals this season. The Posh sit in fourth place in League One, with their goals shared amongst many players. With no distinct dangerman this season, the Ammies will have to have a distinct game plan to deal with this tactically diverse team.

In a recent press conference, Ammies boss Neil Wood stated that Theo Vassell, McAleny, and McLennan were all in contention to start as they had all returned to training recently.

The Posh knocks out The Ammies. Credit: The Emirates FA Cup YouTube screenshot.
The Posh knocks out The Ammies. Credit: The Emirates FA Cup YouTube screenshot.

After resting Matt Smith, Elliot Watt, and Luke Bolton, Salford City has ammunition to hurt Peterborough United.

Opposition boss Darren Ferguson commented on Ammie Dangerman Matt Smith earlier this week, stating:

“Salford are managed by Neil Wood, and they might have a towering frontman, but they also like to get the ball down and play. They are in good form and have an excellent away record, and that can sometimes happen in a season. Matt Smith is in red-hot form, so we have to cut off the supply to him.”

Matt Smith has scored 12 goals in 19 appearances this season, providing Salford City with a platform for attack. His goals this season playing a crucial role in Salford City’s improvement. 

Peterborough will be without their goalkeeper Will Blackmore and midfielder Jeando Fuchs due to injury this weekend. However, Ferguson will certainly have plenty of players to fill the bench. 

The Posh have advanced in all of their last 13 first-round ties. A record that Ammies boss and former Peterborough loanee Neil Wood will look to break. 

With many players rested, Salford City look ready to take on Peterborough United again for the second season in a row. The question remains if the result this year will go Salford City’s way and if Neil Wood’s men can break Peterborough’s impressive first-round record.  

Peterborough United v Salford City will kick off at the London Road Stadium at 3pm this Saturday. 

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