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Salford City
Boston United
Full time
R Thompson (27'), K Tshimanga (35')
Sat 21 Apr 15:00 - The Vanarama National League - National League North

Salford City 1-2 Boston United

Boston United clinched a memorable away win over Salford City on Saturday afternoon but it was not enough to prevent the Ammies lifting the title in the process.

Goals from Reece Thompson and Kabongo Tshimanga capped a dominant first half performance from the Pilgrims and despite Lois Maynard’s 71st minute reply, United held firm for all three points.

Gus Mafuta was red-carded for the hosts in the closing stages but Salford claimed the title courtesy of Harrogate Town’s reversal at Bradford Park Avenue.

Tshimanga was handed a rare start in the United attack, with Jake Beesley ineligible to face his parent club.

United made a purposeful start at the Peninsula Stadium and took the game to their title-chasing hosts. On-loan Nottingham Forest keeper Tim Erlandsson had to save well from an early Andi Thanoj free-kick.

The Pilgrims edged in front after 27 minutes when THOMPSON broke down the left before squaring the ball and was in the right place to steer home the rebound after Tshimanga had miscued a shot from the edge of the box.

United doubled their lead eight minutes later when Ashley Hemmings delivered a corner which was met by Jordan Keane for TSHIMANGA to touch the ball home from close-range.

Salford threatened meaningfully for the first time with Liam Hogan heading over from a Tom Walker free-kick.

United kept Salford at arm’s length after the break and George Willis got all the way behind Josh Askew’s effort on the hour mark.

The Ammies cut the deficit with 19 minutes to play when ex-Pilgrim Carl Piergianni headed on Walker’s corner and MAYNARD powered the loose ball past an exposed Willis.

Salford cranked up the pressure in the closing stages, despite not even needing a point given Harrogate’s losing position at the Horsfall Stadium, with Walker slamming wide and Willis denying Piergianni.

Substitute Mike Phenix had the ball in the net but it was ruled out for offside before Mafuta received his marching orders for fouling Thompson, minutes after being cautioned for dissent.

In a frenzied finale, Walker hit the post with a free-kick which skipped up past Willis before the United keeper made a fabulous points-clinching double save to deny Hogan and Richie Allen at the death.

Salford (4-4-2): Tim Erlandsson; Michael Nottingham, Liam Hogan, Carl Piergianni, Abou Touray; Tom Walker, Gus Mafuta, Lois Maynard, Nick Haughton (Josh Askew 59); Mani Dieseruvwe (Richie Allen 59), Jack Redshaw (Mike Phenix 71). Subs (not used): Scott Burton, Anthony Dudley.

Boston (4-4-2): George Willis; James Clifton (Ben Middleton 83), Ryan Qualter, Jordan Keane, Stephen Brogan; Jonathan Wafula, Brad Abbott, Andi Thanoj, Ashley Hemmings; Reece Thompson (Benny Igiehon 90), Kabongo Tshimanga (Gregg Smith 77). Subs (not used): Jamie McGuire, Jon Stewart (gk).

Referee: Scott Simpson.

Attendance: 2,446.

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Andi Thanoj

Player of the Match

Andi Thanoj

Key moments

Goal Reece Thompson scores for Boston United
Goal Kabongo Tshimanga scores for Boston United


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90:00 Yellow Card
Stephen Brogan is yellow carded for Boston United
90:00 Player of the Match
Andi Thanoj is awarded player of the match for Boston United
90:00 Sub On
Benny Igiehon is substituted on for Boston United
90:00 Sub Off
Reece Thompson is substituted off for Boston United
85:00 Yellow Card
Reece Thompson is yellow carded for Boston United
83:00 Sub On
Ben Middleton is substituted on for Boston United
83:00 Sub Off
James Clifton is substituted off for Boston United
77:00 Sub On
Gregg Smith is substituted on for Boston United
77:00 Sub Off
Kabongo Tshimanga is substituted off for Boston United
50:00 Yellow Card
George Willis is yellow carded for Boston United
End of period 1
35:00 Goal 0 - 2
Kabongo Tshimanga scores for Boston United
27:00 Goal 0 - 1
Reece Thompson scores for Boston United
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Salford City
  • Boston United
  • 0
  • Reece Thompson Goal 27:00'
  • Kabongo Tshimanga Goal 35:00'
  • George Willis Yellow Card 50:00'
  • Gregg Smith Sub On 77:00'
  • Kabongo Tshimanga Sub Off 77:00'
  • Ben Middleton Sub On 83:00'
  • James Clifton Sub Off 83:00'
  • Reece Thompson Yellow Card 85:00'
  • Stephen Brogan Yellow Card 90:00'
  • Benny Igiehon Sub On 90:00'
  • Reece Thompson Sub Off 90:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
7. Bradford Park Avenue 42 63
8. Spennymoor Town 42 63
9. Boston United 42 60
10. Blyth Spartans 42 59
11. York City 42 58
12. Darlington 42 55
13. Nuneaton Town 42 55

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