Great Harwood Town 1 Salford City 0
McDonald sparks hope
GREAT Harwood Town banished lingering memories of their 8-0 defeat at Salford a few weeks ago by securing a slender win in the return fixture, which edges them closer to safety.
The Robins are now just one point adrift of fellow strugglers Atherton Collieries with two game sin hand thanks to Steve McDonald’s 75th minute winner at Accrington Stanley’s Interlink Express Stadium.
The last time these two sides met, Great Harwood barely managed to raise a team and had to start the game without any substitutes to select from. But it was a different story last night as manager John Hughes couldn’t even offer a couple of eager players a place on the bench.
Great Harwood succeeded in keeping Salford at arms length in the first half, leaving goalkeeper Bobby Harris with little to do. At the opposite end, left sided player Chris Heslop had a couple of shots.
After the break, the Robins began to get on top and Salford, while they looked threatening from set pieces because of their height, struggled to get out of their own half at times.
Darren Rogers and McDonald were working well up front, and, with 16 minutes to go, McDonald rose brilliantly to meet a left wing cross and head the ball into the bottom corner.
Delighted manager Hughes said: “It was a much needed and deserved win. The lads were up for the game after the eight nil drubbing they received the other week. We’ve jut got to keep going now, and I feel we can only improve.”