PARTY POLITIC LEADS AM­MIES

The Non-League Football Paper - - SATURDAY MATCH CENTRE - By Andy Gi­b­lin

TWO goals mid­way through the first half put Sal­ford City on the road to vic­tory, ex­tend­ing the club’s un­beaten league run to 20 matches.

Lead­ing scorer Adam Rooney got the ball rolling, with Den­nis Politic adding a sec­ond a minute later.

The Hawks came back strongly af­ter the break only for Danny White­head’s strike five min­utes into stop­page time put an end to any lin­ger­ing hopes of sal­vaging a point.

It was a re­sult to leave Am­mies boss Gra­ham Alexan­der sat­is­fied, say­ing: “The first 15 min­utes were quite even but those two goals put us in con­trol. We de­fended well af­ter the break when we needed to and dealt with their at­tempts to break us down.”

Both sides looked in­ven­tive dur­ing the open­ing stages but Sal­ford lost mid­fielder Liam Nolan to in­jury on 10 minute, Politic com­ing in to re­place him.

The pat­tern of the game changed dra­mat­i­cally af­ter the Am­mies went ahead in the 22nd minute. White­head’s lofted pass from wide on the left was a beauty find­ing Rooney, who dis­played deft con­trol on the edge of the area then ad­vanced a few yards to slot low past Ben Dudzin­ski.

The Hawks were still reel­ing from that blow when Sal­ford went two up, barely a minute later. On-loan mid­fielder Politic picked up pos­ses­sion be­fore ad­vanc­ing, vir­tu­ally un­chal­lenged, on a run that took him to the edge of the area. Dudzin­ski got down to his left but the ball squeezed home in­side the up­right to give the Am­mies a com­mand­ing lead.

Hawks Lee Brad­bury threw on an ex­tra for­ward at half time and his side re­sponded well to the change. Jonah Ayunga’s blis­ter­ing run and low cross from the right found fel­low sub Nicke Kam­aba but luck was against the Hawks’ striker as his out­stretched foot could only lift the ball over from five yards.

Agunga launched an an­gled piledriver from the right af­ter that, with Chris Neal mak­ing a good par­ry­ing save, while Al­fie Ruther­ford teed up Kabamba on the hour, but Neal was able to push his low shot away to safety.

A good spell for Ha­vant but they hadn’t man­aged to grab what could have been a piv­otal goal. Sal­ford re­gained con­trol, start­ing to cre­ate more chances and deep into in­jury-time White­head found space to guide a ris­ing ef­fort into the top cor­ner to seal Sal­ford’s win.

Ha­vant man­ager Brad­bury was hon­est in his as­sess­ment, adding: “We missed our chances, they took theirs. We made mis­takes at the back and they didn’t.”

STAR MAN: Den­nis Politic (Sal­ford) ATT: 2,181 ENTERTAINMENT: ★★★★★ REFEREE: Matthew Di­ci­cco 6/10

PICTURES: Greig Ber­tram

KNEES-Y DOES IT: Sal­ford’s Den­nis Politic cel­e­brates mak­ing it 2-0, in­set top, be­fore Danny White­head adds the third, be­low

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