A great week for the Shaymen saw both Chorley FC and Tamworth defeated in style. A refreshing upturn in form has now allowed fans and players alike to dream of a surge towards the play-off places, where Saturday’s visitors Salford currently sit.
One man whose form has picked up of late is Richard Peniket. The first half of the season saw Peniket struggle to get amongst the goals, although, with four in his last two appearances, his new role as a ‘number nine’ has seen Peniket flourish.
Sat in between the ever impressive Matty Kosylo and Adam Morgan, Peniket and the rest of the attacking force have seen more chances created in what has been a refreshing change for the squad. Now, the visit of Salford could see the Shaymen win three in a row for the first time since November.
However, the visit of the Ammies will no doubt provide a tough test for the improving Shaymen. Salford are currently enjoying a fine spell of form having not been defeated in the league since the end of October, establishing themselves as play-off contenders as the race for promotion looks to heat up.
Recent results have seen the Ammies do the double over Bradford Park Avenue as well as seeing off high-flying Kidderminster Harriers in an impressive 3-0 home victory.
Back in September, the Shaymen played out a thrilling 2-2 draw at Moor Lane as Kevin Roberts struck home to earn a deserved last minute equaliser, in a game of mixed emotions for him. An assist, an own goal and conceding the penalty came before his goal that sent the travelling Shaymen into celebration.
The Shaymen faithful will be hoping for a similar situation this weekend, this time coming away with the three points. Although, Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley’s men will not be easy opponents.
Recent Form (League)
Salford City: WDDWWW
One to Watch
Despite a plethora of talent in the Salford squad, there is one man who will be familiar to Shaymen fans that stands out above the rest. Formerly a Shayman, Sam Walker has been a mainstay in the Salford squad so far, this season, racking up three goals and seven assists for the Ammies. His presence in the middle will surely cause the home side some problems as Salford look to push up the pitch.
Referee: David Underwood
Assistant Referees: Nathanael Cox, David Jones
Follow from Home
If you cannot make it to the Shay there will be full match commentary available on Shaymen Player HD.
Match updates will also be available on the Shaymen Wall as well as the club’s official Twitter feed (https://twitter.com/FCHTOnline)
Post-match reaction from Billy Heath and the squad will be available on Shaymen Player HD along with extended match highlights.
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