7:45pm, Tuesday 23rd November 2021
The Gas travel to the outskirts of Manchester for our first ever meeting with Salford City, who are famously partly owned by a number of former Manchester United players. Following the change of ownership, Salford City subsequently quickly moved up through the non-league system over a five year period, culminating in promotion to League Two in 2019.
Salford City currently lie in sixteenth position in League Two, two places and two points behind The Gas. Both teams have similar form over the last five games, with Bristol Rovers having won one more game than Salford City.
This is another opportunity for The Gas to move up the league table, but like Saturday vs Tranmere Rovers, this will be a tricky game. I feel that a point is achievable but we should be looking to try to take all three points.
The Gas earn a valuable away point at Salford. Playing against nine men we would have hoped for an away win so this feels like two points dropped. We are now unbeaten in three so there are positives. UTG
Bristol Rovers started the game strongly and are rewarded with an early goal! Sam Nicholson scores in the fourteenth minute. We appear to be starting games really well, can we keep the performance up for the whole ninety minutes?
Salford City go down to ten men after a reckless challenge on Sam Finley. This is now a game that we really have to win.
The first half ends 1-0 to Bristol Rovers. So far, so good. Rovers have dominated possession and had the greater number of chances at the break.
Belshaw suffers a cut to the head following a collision with a Salford player after what should have been stopped earlier as the player was offside. This has added a lengthy delay to the second half and injected some unwanted drama into the game. Belshaw was able to continue, which is a relief.
We are struggling to build on our goal lead and the extra man. How often do we struggle playing against ten men?
The game is slightly nervy with ten minutes (probably twenty minutes with added on time) to go. We need to concentrate for the remainder of the game and manage the game to bring all three points home.
Salford go down to nine men at the end of normal time and then promptly go on a rare attack and equalise. Why oh why can we not play against teams with less players than us? Ridiculous!
Two points lost! That’s really annoying. We dominated that game!
Salford finish the stronger and manage to scrape a draw from a game they had no right to get anything from. Fair play to Salford, who overcame the odds and will go home the happier of the two sets of fans.
Another away point, I would have taken that before the game. The unbeaten run now extended to three games.