Am­mies fall to de­feat de­spite Rooney brace

Manchester Evening News - - SPORT - By CHAR­LIE GRE­GORY

SAL­FORD City boss Gra­ham Alexan­der ad­mit­ted he had no quar­rels with the score­line as Swin­don Town moved to the sum­mit of League Two after a 3-2 win at the Penin­sula Sta­dium.

The Am­mies be­gan the game in blis­ter­ing fash­ion with Adam Rooney winning a penalty in­side three min­utes, first pres­sur­ing Robins’ stop­per Steven Benda into a mis­take before tak­ing the re­spon­si­bil­ity and con­vert­ing the fol­low­ing spot-kick.

Swin­don re­sponded shortly after when Michael Doughty ben­e­fit­ted on a se­quence of mis­takes in the Sal­ford mid­field, before tee­ing up the tal­is­manic Eoin Doyle to slot home and equalise.

The trav­el­ling side squan­dered a glo­ri­ous op­por­tu­nity before the in­ter­val, but soon made amends after the restart, with Liam Hogan pun­ished for hand­ball in the area and Doyle con­fi­dently despatch­ing from 12 yards – the 16th goal of the sea­son for the di­vi­sion’s top scorer.

Jerry Yates dou­bled the Robins’ ad­van­tage on the re­bound with 12 min­utes re­main­ing, mean­ing Rooney’s sec­ond goal of the game – again from the penalty spot – proved merely a con­so­la­tion.

An hon­est Alexan­der said: “We didn’t do enough with the ball to win the game, so I don’t think we can be­grudge the score­line.

“Th­ese games, be­tween two good teams, they’re go­ing to be fine lines and I thought we had the op­por­tu­ni­ties, cer­tainly in the first half and then the last 15 min­utes of the sec­ond.

“[With] more com­mit­ment in those ar­eas, we might have got a valu­able point, but we didn’t do that.

“We have to take it on the chin, and make sure we im­prove for the next game.”

Mean­while, Sal­ford have been drawn at home to Wolves un­der-21s in the sec­ond round of the Leas­ing. com Tro­phy.

Adam Rooney

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