"A Salford life’s too near the bone to lose things through the fear of speaking out"
(“Hobson’s Choice” by Harold Brighouse)
We welcome “The Ammies” for our first-ever competitive meeting, in the hope that we can extend our WWW League 2 sequence while also extending their current LL…
Managed by Graham Alexander, Salford had a flying start to the season, getting the better of Stevenage 2-0, but it’s rather gone downhill from there, and currently they are in 18th place, 4 points behind ourselves. The “moneybags” tag was applied last season when, in the National League (Conference) the Accrington Stanley chairman stated that Salford City were buying their way into higher leagues by paying striker Adam Rooney £4,000 a week. There’s no immediate connection to Wayne Rooney although Adam’s elder brother Mark was also a professional footballer, but the appearance of Rooney and Rodney in the Salford squad suggests an “Only Fools and Horses” connection! Salford City’s current League 2 form:-
Aug 31 Leyton Orient (H) Drew 1-1
Sep 7 Morecambe (A) Drew 2-2
Sep 14 Cheltenham Town (H) Lost 0-2
Sep 17 Grimsby Town (H) Won 1-0
Sep 21 Crewe Alexandra (A) Lost 4-1
Sep 28 Forest Green Rovers (H) Lost 0-4
Darrell Clarke will have watched a weakened Walsall side’s 1-0 win against Southampton’s u-21 team, but apart from the encouraging sign that Kory Roberts is approaching full fitness it’s pointless to suggest what team changes he might be considering for this match. Injury concerns also surround Guthrie and Lavery … wait and see!
Prediction? This should be a 2-0 home win on current form, and the scorers’ identities are secondary, although it would be good to see “Flash” Gordon get on the scoresheet (even from a start on the bench), just for his own confidence.