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Salford City: Fair Result

Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Thu 4 May 2017
Posted in First Team

The Shaymen came away from Moor Lane with the upper hand at the half-time interval of the two-legged tie. It looked like the Shaymen would be taking a lead back to the Shay until five minutes before the end, when Salford substitute James Poole levelled for the home side after Richard Peniket thunderous strike from outside the area had put Billy Heath’s side in command of the tie late on in the first half.  

Peniket opened the scoring with one of the goals of the season giving the Shaymen a valuable goal in the first-leg of the semi-finals, sending the 600 following fans into delirium behind the opposite end of the pitch. Richard was delighted with his finish and praised striker Tom Denton for his lay off to set up the goal…

“It was a good set from Denton and I have just washed it onto my foot and I have managed to hit it clean and thankfully it’s gone in the back of the net so it was a nice one for me.” 

Asking many people before the game and they would have taken a draw and looking back at the 90 minutes it would arguably a fair result with both sides having many chances to seal the match. Conceding a goal late on with just under five minutes to go is horrible and Richard knows this but he was delighted with how the side performed…

 “At the start of the night a draw would have been a good result, we would have taken that thinking we’ve got home advantage now on Sunday. It’s frustrating to concede a late goal. I thought we had chances and they also had chances so on reflection a draw maybe was a fair result. I thought as a performance and as the lads gritted in on a tough pitch it was a really good showing from the side, we go onto Sunday now.”

The Shaymen following were in fine voice all night behind the goal just like they have been all season, this was one of the crucial factors in the sides performance and Richard knows the importance that the fans played on Wednesday and hopefully they’ll do the same on Sunday…

“It felt like there was 3000 there to be honest with the noise they made. They were brilliant from the off so that really helps and hopefully they’ll do the same for us on Sunday. There will be more of them so we need that, we’re in it together and we’re ready to go.”

Both sides go into the second leg in a straight shoot-out as to who will progress onto the play-off finals and Billy Heath’s side have the upper hand with it being played at the Shay. Peniket knows that the advantage is there for them and that the boys need to do everything they can to make it count, with the fans getting behind them from the first whistle…

“Hopefully the fans can get right behind us. We know the ground and we know how big the pitch is, we know how to play it so hopefully the advantage is with us going into that game and we’ve got to make it work and get the win.”

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