Phil Yelland examines the record books to find out how The Bluebirds have got on during previous trips to Salford City ahead of the Easter Monday encounter.
Easter Monday’s game represents only our third competitive game against Salford City at Moor Lane, now named The Peninsula Stadium.
Our first was on August Bank Holiday in 2018 in the National League. The Ammies had just won promotion to the division and won the game 3-1. Our consolation goal that day came from Jason Taylor’s great strike from the edge of the box – his first goal for the Club.
We had played once before at the venue in a pre-season friendly in August 2010 when, with a team mainly made up of trialists, we won 2-0. The goals came from Ben Beresford (who subsequently played for The Ammies) and Andy Morley. Our joint manager that night was Darren Sheridan, who managed City for just over half a season after leaving Barrow.
Last season a poor game on a cold February night in 2021 saw us lose 1-0 to City. The fixture marked what was to be Lewis Hardcastle’s last appearance for the Club before he had to announce his retirement due to health issues. Hardcastle is now back in the game as Head Coach of Daisy Hill in the North West Counties First Division.
Let’s hope we can snatch our first competitive win at The Peninsula Stadium on Monday.