Salford City welcome Accrington Stanley to the Peninsula Stadium this weekend for another League Two clash. With the two teams tied on the same number of points, the win will separate them on the table.
Salford City sit fifth in League Two with seven points to their name so far. In four games Salford have picked up two wins, a draw and a loss and despite scoring seven goals, they’ve also conceded six goals leaving them with a goal difference of once.
The Ammies opened their season with a win against Forest Green Rovers. Conor McAleny opened the scoring for Salford before Matt Smith’s goal in extra time wrapped up the 2 - 0 win and all three points for Salford. The Ammies then hit a rough patch with a 1 - 1 draw with Crawley Town, with McAleny on the scoresheet yet again, and then a 2 - 0 loss against Grimsby. In this loss against The Mariners, Salford were down to ten men after Ossama Ashley was shown a red card.
The most recent game for Salford was an away trip to Tranmere, in a game that offered seven goals. Connor Jennings scored within the first six minutes with Smith managing to respond within 30 minutes. Kristian Dennis fired Tranmere back in front before half time, but Callum Hendry scored a hattrick in the second half to put Salford in a commanding 4 - 2 lead. Charlie Jolley did score late on for Tranmere but it was too late to grab an equaliser, giving Salford the 4 - 3 win.
Accrington Stanley sit just one spot above Salford in fourth place with seven points. Just like their opponents, Accrington have two wins, a draw and a loss to their name. However, of the six teams on seven points, The Owd Reds have the best goal difference. Having only conceded three goals, Accrington have a goal difference of three, the best beside Wimbledon above them.
The Owd Reds hosted Newport County in their opening game of the season where the hosts won 3 - 0 with goals from Jack Nolan, Shaun Whalley and Korede Adedoyin. However, in their first away day of the season, Accrington slumped to a 1 - 0 defeat at the hands of Gillingham. Back at the Wham Stadium, Accrington took on Barrow, where a goal from Sean McConville put them in control but a late goal from Emile Acquah squared it at a 1 - 1 draw.
In their most recent game, Accrington overcame Seb Quirk’s late red card to take the 2 - 1 win over Harrogate Town. McConville scored early, but Warren Burrell equalised for Harrogate. Nolan came in clutch in the 98th minute to grab all three points.
Salford and Accrington Stanley have only met twice in their histories, and both times came in the Football League Trophy. Salford won in their first meeting back in 2020 where Cameron Burgess and Tom Elliott gave Salford the 2 - 1 win. The draw was a goalless draw in 2022 where the tie was sent to penalties and Salford grabbed the win 4 - 2 after Dan Martin and Toby Savin missed for Accrington.