Neil Marshall column: We’ve nothing to fear from top sides

Neil Marshall challenges Salford 'keeper Sam Guthrie. Pictures: Tony North
Neil Marshall challenges Salford 'keeper Sam Guthrie. Pictures: Tony North

I don’t know how to describe Saturday’s game against Salford really.

We had plenty of possession, which we’ve been working on, but it didn’t really get us anywhere.

Your mindset changes against 10 men and we did try to work the ball well but didn’t really create any chances.

One thing that was evident was that there is nothing to fear about the supposed bigger teams in the division.

Salford are up near the top and have the backing of the Class of 92, but we more than matched them.

We just couldn’t turn our possession into chances.

Going in at half-time 1-0 down we were confident we could get something, especially after the red card.

But the second goal shortly after the break killed us off.

This Saturday we travel to one of the other big teams in the Evo-Stik First Division North, top of the table Darlington.

As I said though we’ve got nothing to fear against the fancied sides and if anything we’re playing better away from home this season.

We also went to their place last season and picked up a really good win.

That was a night game too and we’ll have more time to prepare for this one.

There’s nothing to say we can’t come back from the long trip to the North East with another three points.

On another note, it was good to see Manchester United and England legend Paul Scholes down at Giant Axe on Saturday.

He’s one of the former United players putting money into Salford.

It’s easy for moneymen to invest so to see him taking a real interest on the sidelines was good.

It’s also great for the profile of the league which seems to be getting bigger and bigger by the week.

People like Scholes, and of course our own Darren Peacock and Trevor Sinclair are giving the non-league game more exposure which is great.