AFC Halifax were hoping to Reach the heights they climbed to in their previous IFL League game with their Don’t Stop Movin attitude against Leyton Orient but unfortunately newcomers Salford said Our Time Has Come as they ran out 5-3 winners in Yorkshire.
The earlier kick off time of 10am obviously caught Halifax out and it looked like a Long and Winding Road ahead as they found themselves 2-0 down within that earlier half hour. Salford’s first goal came from a set piece as the myopic referee gave a free kick for a high foot which would have been understandable if the game had been played in Lilliput but nonetheless it was given, and a Salford striker got a free header from the resulting set piece and placed the ball past the rooted Kellett. Their second goal soon followed as the veteran cheese dodger Heaton was adjudged to have fouled a Salford striker and the resulting free kick went straight into the bottom left hand corner of Kellett’s goal. Kellett had positioned a four-man wall to stop the threat but why he decided to stand behind it and have a lie down is a mystery. AFC pulled a goal back after 35 minutes when Martin Probets converted a controversial penalty, in between Adam Ramsden hitting the post and putting a header wide, and then went in at the break all square after captain Phil’s delightful through ball resulted in that man Probets again being the Right Guy in the right place rounding the Salford keeper after beating the offside trap and slotting the ball into the empty net.
Tempers flared between both teams during the second half, Ben Fawkes spooked a horse and rider as a wayward free kick sailed past its hind legs, Matthew Blackburn found his rear car bumper after an earlier misdemeanour with a Salford supporter with irritable bowel syndrome and versatile defender Adie Hollands was told to leave the field of play by the myopic referee after he apparently through a punch at a Paul Scholes lookalike!!
The play became fragmented and tedious and hampered AFC’s Natural passing style, but Salford somehow pulled ahead only for Adam Ramsden to Bring It All Back level once again by producing one of his trademark moments of magic for AFC as he lobbed the opposition keeper from the halfway line.
The game looked to be heading for a creditable draw but with 15 minutes left AFC failed to clear an attack and as the ball bounced out to a Salford midfielder he rifled the ball into the roof of the net to make it AFC Halifax 3 Salford 4.
Obviously with time running out AFC committed men forward, Hollands returned to the fray replacing old father time John Barker at centre half but then soon found himself playing at left back proving that the versatile tag is indeed true.
On the stroke of full time Salford scored their 5th goal and by doing so somewhat made the score line at little bit flattering to them but all in all AFC held their own, played some confident football showed some Spiritual Love and shouldn’t go away disheartened at the result.
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