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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Salford March on in National League

Salford maintained their unbeaten run in the English National League’s Northern Section on Sunday but were made to work hard in the first half by a resurgent University of Manchester team.

Salford struggled in the first half and were two goals down at the start of the game. Salford made some changes and managed to steady the ship and take a narrow lead into the second half.

With first choice playmaker Ciaran Williams still out injured and on form pivot Stu Campbell tweaking his hamstring in training, Salford turned to their younger players and Ryan Goodwin (3 goals) and Steven Clarke (4 goals) both stepped up.

The second half saw an immediate response from the Salford team and they quickly stretched their lead to 18-10 and did enough to see the game off.

Coach Bill Baillie said after the game: “A win’s a win, and although we are not happy with the performance we are happy to take all three points. In the second half our 6:0 defence was solid and well marshalled by Rafik Tahraoui (pictured) and Matt Lee.”

Salford will now meet fourth-placed Deva on Tuesday 8:00pm, 7th Feb at Fit City Pendlebury and hope to maintain their unbeaten streak.

* Elsewhere, Deva and Nottingham University drew 31-31, while Leeds Hornets narrowly overcame Manchester 22-21.

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