Sonupé 21; Ironside 33; Vaughan 55; Bradley 57
Askew 80; Haughton 89; Dieseruvwe 90; Walker 90
- Salford net four in the final ten minutes
- Reds 2-0 up at the break, 4-0 after 57.
- Sonupé, Ironside, Vaughan and Bradley all net
- Mani Dieseruvwe among Salford scorers
SALFORD hit Harriers with a stunning comeback to net four goals in the final ten minutes in a 4-4 draw at Aggborough.
Harriers were 2-0 up at the break thanks to goals from Sonupé and Ironside, before Vaughan and Bradley struck to double the advantage.
But a nightmare spell at the end of the game saw Salford net four times without reply to the delight of their players and supporters.
It was actually the visitors who had the best early chance as Nottingham planted a header wide from a corner, before Bradley and Sonupé forced saves from City goalkeeper Erlandsson.
Walker and Allen went close for Salford before Sonupé opened the scoring by tucking away a Croasdale cross on 21 minutes as Croasdale supplied the pass – Ironside latching on to Vaughan’s ball on 33 as he coolly slotted the ball into the far corner for 2-0.
Harriers started the second half well and, in a two minute spell just nine after the restart, they’d put more daylight between the teams, first as Vaughan charged on to Weeks’ ball before slamming home, Bradley’s deft finish slotted past Erlandsson.
The reds did stay in the ascendency but, with little to lose, the hour mark saw Salford start to create more as Haughton twice went close, before Bradley was denied by the goalkeeper as he looked to add a fifth.
The comeback started on 80 minutes as Askew held off his man in the area before finish past Hall – seemingly no more than a consolation, only for Dieseruvwe and Walker to go close. That built momentum and enabled Haughton to make it 4-2, a distance drive bouncing under Hall and into the net.
From there, nerves appeared to set in and the league leaders sensed the grandstand finish was on. Dieseruvwe’s header from a corner was one of the last acts of the 90 minutes, and in injury time Harriers ought to have made it 5-3, only for Croasdale’s shot to deflect away from a corner.
A penalty awarded in the sixth minute of five added on was saved by Hall as it looked, for a split second, like Harriers had finally seen it out, only for the loose ball to be slammed home by the gleeful Walker.
FRASER Horsfall knows Harriers will come up against a good Salford City side when the league leaders visit Aggborough Stadium.
Salford will look to stretch their lead at the top of the table at the expense of the reds on Saturday, keen to bounce back from dropping points at North Ferriby United in midweek.
And even without being something of a wounded animal, The Ammies will pose enough problems for anyone in the division – as Horsfall knows only too well.
He was part of the Salford side that ventured into last season’s National League North play-offs, where they were beaten by eventual winners FC Halifax.
Reflecting on what’s ahead going into this meeting with his former club, he told our YouTube channel: “It’s a big game for us all, and for me as I was there last year.
“It’s the big push now and all of the lads are ready...." Fraser Horsfall
“We know what they are about and hopefully we can get the result we want tomorrow.
“They are right up there, and we have been doing our work on them; we’ve prepared right and we’re ready to go tomorrow.
“Our main focus is ourselves because we know, on top form, we can beat anyone in the league, but we do respect anyone we play. We know that Salford are a good team.”
This is the start of ten big final games of the season for Harriers.
John Eustace’s men know they must take as many of the remaining 30 points as possible to make sure they’re involved in the end-of-season shake-up.
But with that said, Horsfall insisted nobody is looking past the immediate task in hand.
He added: “It’s the big push now and all of the lads are ready.
"...we’ve prepared right and we’re ready to go tomorrow." Fraser Horsfall
“Everyone in the squad will be needed as there are a lot of games coming thick and fast.
“For me personally, I just want to keep my head down, keep playing well and getting results towards the main aim of getting promoted.
“We’re just taking it game by game.”
Harriers will again run the rule over Elton Ngwatala (knee), Jimmy O’Connor (Achilles) and Liam Truslove (thigh) ahead of tomorrow’s game as the injured trio look to make a return at an important time of the term.
Brandon Hall returned in the game against York City ten days ago and will look to retain his place by turning back the challenge of returning goalkeeper Nathan Vaughan following Jonathan Flatt’s return to Wolves.
Kick-off at Aggborough is at 3:00pm.
WATCH: Fraser Horsfall’s full pre-match video interview courtesy of our YouTube channel,
READ: 5 Things to consider ahead of our meeting with Salford City
LISTEN: Catch up with the thoughts of returning goalkeeper Nathan Vaughan
BUY: Match tickets can be purchased online using the tab in the top corner of the Match Centre – don’t worry, you can still pay on the gate at Aggborough once online sales end.
Fraser Horsfall pre-match
Matt Gardiner post-match
Extended Match Highlights