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Can Salford City’s home form be enough to overcome Plymouth Argyle

The Football Manc Cave is giving you a glimpse into what should be an interesting and exciting game this week, Salford City vs Plymouth.

This league is a new challenge for both teams with Salford only being promoted at the end of last season. Alongside that Plymouth being relegated into this league and then having to adapt to a new manager, Ryan Lowe, and a lot of players from Bury who followed in the manager’s footsteps. This should make it an exciting game with a lot of action. Straight off the bat, Plymouth would be favourites, although anything can happen.

Salford’s Form

Salford 2-0 Stevenage

Crawley 2-0 Salford

Salford 1-1 Port Vale

Plymouth Argyle’s Form:

Crewe 0-3 Plymouth

Plymouth 1-0 Colchester

Newport County 1-0 Plymouth

Salford’s home form is obviously a lot better than their away form so far however, that is to be expected from most clubs. Hopefully, their home crowd can get behind them and they can deliver.

Squad News:

Chris Neal has been playing brilliantly for Salford and he’ll have guaranteed his place in the squad. Carl Piergianni received the man of the match for his efforts last weekend. Adam Rooney will no doubt be leading his team out. Richie Towell is the one to look out for and his form will guarantee him a place in the squad too. Mani Dieseruvwe is another player who’s already scored two goals this season and will be looking to add to that tally. Jake Beesley got his first EFL goal last weekend and made the equaliser so he’s another who Graham Alexander will probably be considering giving another chance.


Unfortunately, I do think Salford will lose as Plymouth are looking the stronger side. I do think that with the home crowd, Salford will be able to find the back of the net at least once though.

Three players that have to start tonight for Salford City against Middlesbrough

Salford City will face Championship side Middlesbrough in their toughest game of pre-season.

It is likely that a strong side will be playing against Middlesbrough tonight, as Salford have rotated heavily in previous pre-season games.

Salford’s biggest season as a football club is around the corner. It is important for Alexander to nail down his tactics within the squad and iron out any issues. Against Woking, Salford struggled tremendously defending set-pieces but looked brutal on the counter-attack and around the box. It is clear that Salford is great on the attack, but need work done in the defence in order to cope in League Two.

Their last match was at home, against Woking. Salford City suffered a 3-1 defeat despite looking the better outfit throughout the game.

Three players, in particular, stood out for Salford City and should feature against Middlebrough as manager Graham Alexander looks to settle on his best eleven…

Richie Towell

In the game against Woking, new signing Richie Towell ran the centre of midfield and was the stand-out player all game. He even bagged Salford’s only goal with a brilliant strike. His high work rate and quality will be important the Salford City this season and is likely to play against Middlesbrough.

Emmanuel Dieseruvwe

In Salford’s 3-1 defeat to Woking, their forwards faced two towering defenders. The height difference made it very difficult for the Ammies to challenge in the box. Dieseruvwe himself stands at 6ft 4 and was much more of a threat against Woking’s big defence.

Danny Lloyd

Lloyd’s low centre of gravity and fantastic close control makes him a fantastic attacking-midfielder for Salford City. The number 10 is constantly finding pockets of space and relaying the ball to his teammates. He is crucial to the way Salford attack. In a game against Middlesbrough, Lloyd can truly test himself against a Championship side.

Salford’s biggest season as a football club is around the corner. It is important for Alexander to nail down his tactics within the squad and iron out any issues. Against Woking, Salford struggled tremendously defending set-pieces but looked brutal on the counter-attack and around the box. It is clear that Salford is great on the attack, but need work done in the defence in order to cope in League Two.

Salford City’s midfield against Woking should look like this tonight – agree?

Salford City will face Woking again in a pre-season friendly tonight. The Football Manc Cave take a look at what their possible midfield line could look like after their summer signings aim to please.

Alan Dowson’s side will visit the Peninsula Stadium in Salford City’s first home friendly. The clubs faced each other last year and Salford managed a 1-0 win. In order to achieve the same this year, the Ammies will need to put out a good team.

They’ve got a list of options for their midfield positions and here’s who I think should be given a chance against Woking presuming the formation leaves them in need of four players.

Oscar Threlkeld

The defensive midfielder only signed for Salford over the summer and the pre-season games will give him the perfect opportunity to show his worth. He’s known as a defender profoundly although he has played in a defensive midfield position comfortably before and is listed on Salford’s website as a midfielder. This could give Graham Alexander a perfect opportunity to play him in both positions and shift him around to see where he sits best.

Mark Shelton

Shelton suffered last season with an injury which put him out for four months. He got over this and came back fighting. The midfielder was then a part of the team that saw Salford promoted at the end of the season. He should now get an opportunity to try and prove himself in pre-season, and it’ll give him a chance to keep his fitness up.

Joey Jones

I would let all my new signings take a start in a friendly to see how they cope or, at least bring them on at some point. Jones only joined the Ammies this summer just like Threlkeld. He has also played for Woking in the past which will be interesting to see him go up against his old teammates.

Richie Towell

Finally, another new signing. This might sound like a risky line-up but as I said, new signings should be given a chance in pre-season friendlies as it gives everyone an idea of how they will perform. It also gives them a chance to impress. It was Towell’s birthday this week so a start would be a great present for the midfielder. He’s already been seen in training and a friend that has already taken place, so he could get another chance to shine on a Friday.

3 players that should use pre-season to impress for Salford City

As Salford City head into their new and exciting League Two campaign. The Football Manc Cave have selected three players who will be aiming to impress before the season starts.

Graham Alexander’s team managed to secure promotion from the National League to League Two at the end of last season via the playoffs. I think it’s safe to say that all of the team, including new signings, will all be out to impress and aim for another promotion.

Salford won a pre-season friendly 4-0 this week against SAK 1914. There’s been no confirmation of goal scorers yet, although newly signed players have been seen with the squad.

With that in mind, here are 3 players that will want to show they can step up and prove, that they’re worth taking a chance on this coming season.

Oscar Threlkeld

The Bolton born man spent a lot of his career shuffling between Bolton Wanderers and Plymouth Argyle. He’s only signed for the Ammies this summer and fans are excited to see him in action. Threlkeld will be looking to break into the squad as soon as possible. He’s very versatile, as he’s a known midfielder who can also play in defensive positions. I think he’ll make a big impact on fans and the team next season.

Joey Jones

Previously being a part of Arsenal, Leicester City, Yeovil Town, Woking Town and Eastleigh. The 25-year-old will be looking to make an impression. Salford hasn’t been strangers to signing players this summer, so he will have a fight in his hands if he wants to get games. If he can get the chance to prove that he is worth being in the Salford defence, he will want to go all out as he’s been subject to a lot of free transfers over the years.

Mani Dieseruvwe

A player who has been in the squad for a few years now. He broke into the squad last season in the team’s campaign to win promotion. I imagine he will now be hungry to prove that he’s worth a shot, whether it be bringing him off the bench in desperate times or starting him. Salford had another friendly with Atherton recently, where Dieseruvwe scored the only goal of the game. I think he’s trying his best to put his name out there already.

3 more reasons why Salford City fans should be excited about next season

If being promoted wasn’t enough for Salford City fans last season, here are some other exciting factors that this new campaign should bring.

Graham Alexander did a great job in making sure the Ammies were promoted from the National League to League Two at the end of the 2018/19 season, and he’ll be hoping that his team has the same success going forward.

It’s hard to say whether the Class Of 92’s team will cope with the pressure of the promotion and being in a new league. We will all have to see how they perform on the pitch.

Meanwhile, here’s three things Salford fans can look forward to…

Sky Covered Matches

Some people, especially from other clubs, have said that Sky covered matches for Salford City would be a negative thing. It could drive away fans from actually buying tickets and going to games. A lot of other clubs in league two have shown their frustration in Sky giving the Ammies televised games, as they have only just been promoted.

However, the Manchester team should look forward to the coverage that their team are going to get off the back of this. You can see their opening game against Stevenage on Sky Sports on the 3rd of August.

New League & Competitions

Salford’s League campaign will be hard and they should focus on their progress in league two more than anything else. Only this level of football will see the Ammies compete in competitions such as the Carabao Cup. It will be an exciting opportunity for fans and the team. Especially as the Carabao cup saw Salford draw Leeds Utd in the first round which will also more than likely be a televised game.

Highly Anticipated

The team have received a lot of hate from other clubs before and after their promotion, for a whole list of different reasons from their owners, to money to Sky picking them for TV. Some may say it’s jealousy. Some may say they deserve it. It’s football and it causes debates, however, one thing you can’t deny is that most teams in league two have them down as ‘key dates.’ Even Oldham Athletic have the Ammies down as a game to look out for.

68% think Oldham Athletic will place higher than Salford City next season

We wanted your opinion on League 2 ahead of next season and you didn’t disappoint.

We asked here whether you thought Oldham or Salford would finish higher in League 2 next season and after the votes, you decided that Oldham will have a better campaign than Salford.

68% had the same opinion and now that the results are in, I must say, I agree with you. In all credit to Salford, I do think they will have a good season and stay in the league although I do think that fans, other clubs and even Sky have got their hopes up for the team. They have got games on TV and are probably one of the highest anticipated teams of next season but all of this does add up to a lot of pressure and could see the team crumble.

Oldham, on the other hand, has a hard campaign ahead of them. They have a new manager in Laurent Banide and their fans are expecting them to aim a little higher this season. They finished 14th at the end of the 2018/19 football year and now that they have a new manager, it will be a big test for them. However, they know the league, they’ve already had the experience of playing against these clubs and should, in theory, do better than newbies, Salford.

My personal prediction is that Salford will end up finishing around 12th to 14th and Oldham in at around 10th. I may be aiming high here but I do see Oldham improving and Salford playing well enough to test this new league and shake it up.

2 Salford City players that need to leave for the sake of their own careers

The Ammies has an amazing season that saw them promoted from the National League to League Two. 

Salford were promoted when they won their playoff match against Flyde. The class of 92 now have a League 2 season to compete in, and the club have recently put out their list of players they are releasing alongside who they’re keeping on contract.

With that in mind, I’ve had a look at two players I would have also let go or just send out on loan. 

Max Crocombe

The 25-year-old goalkeeper signed for Salford in 2017 after he wasn’t offered a scholarship by Luton or MK Dons, and he’d tried his best to get into other teams so decided to get into non-league football.

In 2017, Crocombe played for Salford against Bradford but he ended up getting sent off after he was seen urinating at the side of a stand. It would be fairly easy for Salford to recruit a replacement whether it be temporary or permanent.

He isn’t their first choice and maybe the Ammies should let him go on loan somewhere while he gets some more appearances, and learns to wait till half or full time to go for a wee. 

Josh Askew

Askew may benefit from going elsewhere also. The 21-year-old defender has had 41 appearances and 2 goals since 2017, but he’s no stranger to loans or other clubs.

He spent nine years at Blackburn before joining the Ammies. At Rovers, he signed his first professional contract in 2016 however, that same season, he went on loan to Ramsbottom. Admittedly he did come away with player of the year but then he ended up at Warrington. Maybe the defender would be better suited somewhere else. 

The 2 Salford City players who could have a major impact on the club’s league football debut season

Salford City have a big season ahead of them as they test the waters of the English Football League.

Salford City achieved a third-place finish in the National League, leading to a play-off final against AFC Fylde which resulted in a 3-0 win for the newly promoted side.

After an impressive season 2018/19 season, Salford City will be aiming to maintain and grow within the English Football League League 2. What can separate this promising side from the many clubs who failed to remain in the top flights of English football?

Here are two players to look out for in Salford City’s venture into the English Football League…

Tom Walker

This 23-year-old wide-midfielder joined the cause in January 2018 from Salford’s neighbours over at FC United of Manchester. After previously being contracted with Bolton Wanderers, and experiencing a year-long loan at Bury FC, this young man has a degree of experience in the EFL which could prove useful as they aim to stay there.

Oscar Threlkeld

Also a previous Bolton Wanderer, Threlkeld is a recent free signing of 25 years of age, whose versatility allows him to play full-back, centre-back and defensive midfield positions.

He already has a wealth of experience in the English Football League with a loan spell and a permanent contract with Plymouth Argyle. Threlkeld accumulated 97 appearances for the club and has played in both League One and League Two. Salford City gaining his signature shows their determination to build a squad suited to the top tiers of English Football.

Dan Jones Joins Salford City & He Brings With Him 2 Essential Traits

The big news last night is National League Play-Off winners from last season Salford City, have signed Dan Jones from Cumbrian side Barrow.

The full-back originally from County Durham has spent much of his career between League Two and The National League. Playing for clubs such as Hartlepool United, Grimsby and has had spells at Fylde and Gateshead on loan.

Last season at Barrow is the first time that Jones has ever been a first team starter, starting 45 games in two seasons at the club, also chipping in with three goals during his spell at the Bluebirds. It was this form that saw Jones called up for his one and only ever England C call up, which saw him feature in a 3-2 win over Wales in March 2018.

With his move to League Two side Salford, his reward for his form over the last two years. 24-year-old Jones is set to have his second crack at the Football League after his release from boyhood club Hartlepool United in his younger days. Therefore ahead of his move, we took a look at two things Dan Jones will bring to the Ammies ahead of their maiden Football League campaign…


The 6 foot Jones is capable of playing across the back four, with his size he is more than capable of making the move to centre half, should the occasion occur. The left-footer is strong in the air and defensively sound, something rare in full backs these days, meaning that Dan will provide some much-needed versatility at Salford essential for the long slog of League Two.


Despite not nailing down a first team starter role prior to the last two seasons, Jones has shown at Barrow just how good he is given a run of games. He very rarely puts a foot wrong and despite not being spectacular will be a reliable 7 out of 10 nearly every game.

The type of player that every team needs.

Photo Credit: Salford City

Salford City in The National League…Completed It Mate

Salford City were on the verge of club history, and well ahead of their projected league status as they entertained AFC Fylde in the National League Play-Off final at Wembley.

Having overseen three promotions in an amazing four seasons, many would have backed Salford to make it a fourth and second on the bounce into League Two. The opposition had been going great guns in the league, however, do have the distraction of the FA Trophy final back at Wembley next weekend.

The Ammies crowd outnumbered, outsang and nearly outfought the security, as they looked to drink up every second of the biggest game in their 79-year history. There was plenty of noise made by the Salford lot and you could feel the anticipation amongst the crowd.

Salford dominated from start to finish, with Fylde not really causing much concern for Graham Alexander’s backline. The early pressure paid off when a free kick bounced off a couple of Fylde players and, landed at the feet of the Mani Dieseruvwe, the striker duly put it away from around 8 yards out.

The men in yellow and black staged a little fightback, going close on a couple of occasions but nothing to nail-biting in all fairness.

Half time whistle went and Salford went in the happier, the crowd moved a little towards the centre of the goal as they looked to suck the ball in for that second goal, the goal that could really settle the nerves.

Up stepped Carl Piergianni with a bullet header from a corner, the Salford crowd erupted and chants of ‘Salford’s going up’ rang around the stand. Every time, I’ve watched Piergianni this season he has impressed me, he looks like a player that may be in demand once he gets in the spotlight of league football. Salford have got a proper defender there, and one that is always down for the cause.

With still over thirty minutes left of the match to play, Salford put themselves in easy mode and cruised to the final whistle. Things got a little bit more celebratory on the hour mark when Ibou Touray, was left to wander down his left flank from inside his own half to the 18-yard box. He put in one of his trademark crosses but surprised everyone, including himself by finding the far corner of the goal and it bouncing in off the post to settle the tie at 3-0.

A lot can be said for Salford meteoric rise through the non-league divisions since the class of 92 took over. However, what you can’t fault is the player’s effort and commitment to keep Salford striving forward.

This really is a fairytale, Roy of the rovers type stuff, and one that certainly grabs the imagination. I can predict a few disgruntled League Two fans next year when Salford hog the limelight, and it will certainly be a scalp most teams will want to add to their bow.

However, Salford has to be applauded for the way it’s run, and the setup behind the scenes. As we have seen so much this season with badly run clubs near falling out of the league, Salford has the chance, and fair play they’re taking it with both hands.  

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