Am­mies step it up to see off Dag­gers

The Non-League Football Paper - - FA TROPHY SECOND ROUND - By Andy Gi­b­lin

SAL­FORD worked hard to earn a place in the third round and man­ager Gra­ham Alexan­der praised the play­ers’ ef­forts.

“We’ve had two dif­fi­cult games against Da­gen­ham al­ready and knew this would be tough,” he said. “The lads who came in to­day did well and I’m de­lighted with the com­mit­ment, two well-taken goals and a clean sheet.”

The Dag­gers had a lot of first-half pos­ses­sion yet found Sal­ford’s in­form de­fence hard to prise open. An­gelo Balanta forced the home keeper into a save early on but at the other end Danny Lloyd just failed to turn home Adam Rooney’s low cross from the right.

The Am­mies went ahead 11 min­utes be­fore the in­ter­val, courtesy of a move that had real qual­ity. Kieran Glynn picked up pos­ses­sion on half­way and his pow­er­ful run took him to the edge of the area. A neat flick to the right found Rod­ney in space and he fin­ished low past El­liot Justham.

An in­creas­ingly heavy rain fell af­ter the restart and chances were pretty rare for both sides. Once again, the Dag­gers strug­gled to con­vert pos­ses­sion into op­por­tu­ni­ties, but Sal­ford looked threaten-off ing on the break. Rod­ney’s surg­ing run was cur­tailed by a fine Kenny Clark chal­lenge and Lloyd’s free­kick was pushed away by Justham.

Jack Munns did get the ball into the net for Da­gen­ham, but the flag had gone up against sub Liam Bel­lamy. With nine min­utes left Munns threaded a pass into the right of the area, where Bel­lamy’s low shot spun Carl Pier­gianni for a cor­ner.

Sal­ford got their sec­ond goal in the 83rd minute af­ter Glynn’s com­posed touch helped to send Josh Askew rac­ing away. A ball to the left found Lloyd, whose low cross was slid home by Mani Dieseru­vwe.

Da­gen­ham couldn’t find a re­sponse in the time that re­mained, leav­ing boss Peter Tay­lor a lit­tle dis­ap­pointed. “We had plenty of good pos­ses­sion but couldn’t break Sal­ford down. I can’t claim we missed chances be­cause we didn’t cre­ate too much. To be fair they looked more dan­ger­ous see­ing less of the ball.”

STAR MAN: De­vante Rod­ney (Sal­ford) EN­TER­TAIN­MENT: ★★★★★

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