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Salford City
Hampton & Richmond Borough FC
Sat 23 Jul 15:00 - Friendly

Ammies left moored by Gasson's nod

The Beavers made the journey to Moor Lane to return Salford's visit last season and in a tight game, took a deserved win.

With several players unavailable through other commitments, weddings and so on, the Beavers yet lined up with a strong line up and settled down as Salford put pressure on.

Shaquille Hippolyte-Patrick was proving to be the thorn in the Ammies side in the first half as he time and again took on full back O'Halloran and beat him.  On 9 minutes, it took a diving Jay Lynch to cut out a dangerous cross, and a couple of minutes later, Nicke Kabamba looked to have a great chance from the winger's cross, but a defender nipped in to deflect it away.

On 20 minutes, the Beavers took the lead with a classic free kick. Christian Jolley's free kick from wide, some 30 yards up field, was met just inside the area by a leaping Jay Gasson. The defender's header was perfectly directed and beat Lynch into the top corner.

Hippolyte Patrick was still causing trouble to the Ammies and on the half hour, his cross after beating O'Halloran was only just in front of a red and blue shirt, with the box being wide open.

Half time saw the Beavers go in a goal to the good and it was a measure of the Beavers comfort that keeper Aaron Howe, once again, had little to do.

After the break, Salford picked up their game and began to look like the team that won promotion to the National League North.

However, the defence still were dealing with the Ammies best work and it took until the 74th minute before the hosts had a proper attempt on target with a diving Craig King header.

Dowse used all the subs available to him and Salford clearly thought they could share the spoils, Warburton's shot on 86 minutes going just wide of the post as the Beavers had to make sure at the back.

Substitute keeper Billy Bishop had little to do but showed his abilities as he claimed an injury time cross in a crowd of players with some confidence. 

As it turned out, the Beavers held on for a fairly comfortable win and another clean sheet ahead of Tuesday's visit of Sutton Utd

Salford City (0) 0

HRBFC (1) 1
Jay Gasson 21 

Howe, Jelley, Casey, Solomon, Gasson, Kamara, Hippolyte-Patrick, Collier, Kabamba, Lowe, Jolley.

Subs: Lamont, Bishop, Hicks, ten-Grotenhuis, Koue Niate, Rajab

Ed's picks: Shaquille, Nathan & Leon

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