Neil Marshall column: Positive result was vital after midweek blow

Captain Neil Marshall organises his team
Captain Neil Marshall organises his team

Saturday was a big game for us as we needed a positive result to bounce back from our 6-0 capitulation in midweek.

Before the game the Gaffer wanted us to get back to what has got us near the top of the table, which is hard work and confidence in each other.

I wouldn’t say the game went completely to plan as after 30 minutes Salford took the lead.

It was a carbon copy of the first goal last week with their lad a couple of yards at least offside, so again we felt aggrieved.

Instead of falling apart like last week I thought the lads showed great character and it just looked a matter of time before we scored and it happened just before half-time when Gary Hunter delivered a perfect ball for Ryan Winder to nod in at the back post.

It was a good time to score and half-time we knew we would get chances it was just a matter of keeping it tight at the back.

It was 10 minutes after half-time when we scored what turned out to be the winner and it was a goal that would have deserved to win any game.

Razza doesn’t score many but I’m sure this is up there with his best.

It was a free-kick that was tapped to him and he smashed it in the top corner from 25 yards.

After this we had a lot of chances missed and going in to the last 10 minutes you could see the nerves kicking in.

Instead of it being comfortable Salford had a few half chances but thankfully we held on to a welcomed three points.

It’s back to FA Trophy action this weekend when we visit Mossley and it’s always a tough place to go, but if we apply ourselves properly there’s no reason why we can’t progress.

Finally, I would like to pass on my sympathy and best wishes to the family of Michael Satterthwaite, who sadly passed away last week.

He will be sorely missed as he and his family have been lifelong fans and ambassadors for the club.