Salford City 2-0 Mansfield Town

Salford triumphed 2-0 at home to last season’s beaten play-off finalists Mansfield to kick-off their League Two campaign in impressive fashion.

In Neil Wood’s first game in charge the Ammies took an early lead when debuting Callum Hendry latched on to Brandon Thomas-Asante’s ball to slot home in the fifth minute.

Salford had been dominant from the off and continued to test Mansfield’s back three.

And when Thomas-Asante was threaded through by Conor McAleny after 27 minutes he got the better of keeper Christy Pym in a one-on-one to double the hosts’ advantage.

Hiram Boateng had a good chance to pull one back for the Stags soon after, but he sliced ​​the ball wide and Salford led by two goals going into the break.

The game opened up in the second half and visiting forward Jordan Bowery immediately Tom King with an effort from a distance tested which sailed over the crossbar.

Mansfield continued to push and forced King into a string of strong saves, but they could not dent Salford’s advantage and started their season with a defeat.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Salford

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 1KingBooked at 69mins
  • 4LoweBooked at 36mins
  • 42Vasell
  • 25Nartey
  • 32ShephardSubstituted forBoltonat 79′minutes
  • 7Watson
  • 6Watt
  • 3Toray
  • 18McAlene
  • 10Thomas-Asante
  • 9HendrySubstituted forLeakat 87′minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Simões Inácio
  • 17Smith
  • 23Berkoe
  • 24Bolton
  • 26Leak
  • 31Torrance
  • 36Dackers

Mansfield

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Pym
  • 35O’TooleSubstituted forGordonat 80′minutes
  • 6HarbottleSubstituted forGaleat 89′minutes
  • 3McLaughlin
  • 7Akins
  • 44Boateng
  • 16QuinnSubstituted forO Clarkat 90′minutes
  • 10MarisSubstituted forHewittat 61′minutes
  • 9Bowery
  • 18Oates
  • 26SwanSubstituted forLapslieat 61′minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Gordon
  • 4Hewitt
  • 8O Clark
  • 13Flinders
  • 21Gale
  • 25Cooper
  • 32Lapslie

Referee:
Adam Herczeg

Attendance:
2,721

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