By Andy Giblin
The Ammies made a long journey North where a storm named Abigail and Workington FC lay in wait. An excellent crowd of 1,405 had defied the inclement weather to assemble at Borough Park and Salford were soon treating them to an accomplished performance, inflicting their hosts’ first home defeat of the season.
Only long term injured Dom Smalley and Gareth Seddon were unavailable for selection and a strong Salford side set out to secure their sixteenth consecutive away win in the league.
After a lively start Jordan Hulme scored the first goal of the afternoon, poking home after Danny Webber played a low ball along the line. A couple of minutes later Hulme almost got another but this time his header from Elliot Kebbie’s cross was blocked.
There was plenty of good football from The Ammies with a couple more efforts being blocked and it was no real surprise when they went two up in the twenty-first minute. Again Kebbie swung in a great cross from the right and Webber got there to glance a header across Workington keeper Jonny Jamieson and inside the far post.
A great first quarter of the match for Salford but Workington rallied to peg them back in the twenty-eighth minute. Joe McGee was left unmarked on the edge of the penalty area, and took full advantage as he slammed a good finish into the net.
Jay Lynch had to be on his toes a couple of times as Workington looked for an equaliser but the visitors were still looking dangerous. Richie Allen’s shot was blocked by Kyle May with Jamieson forced to save the rebound but two minutes before the interval the Salford’s two goal advantage was restored.
Midfielder Scott Burton is not prolific in front of goal but he tends to produce something special when he does get onto the score-sheet. A memorable strike at Buxton earlier in the season was surpassed in the screamer stakes as the ex-Rammy man let fly with an unstoppable effort from twenty-five yards out.
James Poole replaced Steve O’Halloran for the start of the second half but the change didn’t affect Salford’s domination. Webber almost extended the lead after latching onto a great through ball from Allen only for Jamieson to get a hand to the ball, pushing it wide for a corner.
Tom Peers – signed on loan from Chester this week – came on for Webber but it was Allen who scored Salford’s fourth, with a composed finish sixteen minutes from time.
With a couple of minutes left Jay Lynch made a great save to deny McGee his second of the match and there was still time for Peers and Hulme to go close for Salford.
A top drawer performance from The Ammies and that sixteenth away win on the trot was in the bag.
Photo by Charlotte Tattersall.