Salford City 1 FC Halifax Town 4

Lee Gregory scored twice at Salford
Lee Gregory scored twice at Salford

FC Halifax bounced back from their first defeat of pre-season on Saturday to beat Salford City 4-1.

Two goals from Lee Gregory and a goal a piece for Jamie Rainford and Jason St Juste gave the Shaymen a comfortable win against a battling Salford side on a wet night at Moor Lane.

As has been the trend throughout pre-season, Neil Aspin made a host of changes and included a trialist at right back, as well as Liam Needham alongside Conor Qualter in defence.

The first chance fell to the hosts in the second minute when Michael Tomlinson headed tamely wide of Phil Senior’s right hand post from an inswinging free kick.

But the Shaymen were soon on top and Jason St Juste was unlucky not to find a blue shirt when he crossed from the left after beating his man on 14 minutes.

They Shaymen were ahead two minutes later when Gregory latched onto a long diagonal from left back Luke O’Brien before curling last Dave Stevenson into the bottom right hand corner.

Gregory could have had a second minutes later when St Juste, who was a constant threat down the left, failed to pick him or Rainford out with Town three on two, but he did get his second when he controlled a Marshall cut back from the left and calmly steered into the top corner from six yards.

Salford pulled one back five minutes before the break against the run of play.

Senior appeared to get caught underneath a corner from the right allowing Adrian Bellamy to bundle over the line from two yards.

Salford changed their kit and their entire line-up in the second half, and their fresher legs told in the opening exchanges.

But, with the rain now pouring, Town soon restored their two goal cushion just before the hour when Senior’s long ball was flicked on by Gregory into the path of Rainford, who rounded the keeper and rolled into the empty net.

Despite the goal Salford continued to press forward with Town battling to clear a series of corners and play on the break, which they did to great affect when St Juste raced onto a clearance before squeezing the ball beneath the keeper for 4-1.

Neither side created much after St Juste’s effort, and despite a launching lots of balls into the Town box Salford were unable to test Senior in the Town goal as the Shaymen ran down the clock to seal the win, with the final chance of the game falling to Gregory who couldn’t hook his left foot volley home for his hat-trick.

FC Halifax Town: Senior, Trialist, O’Brien, Worthington, Qualter, Needham, Worsley, Marshall (Hogan, 45mins), Rainford, Gregory, St Juste.

Salford City: Stevenson, Morgan, Heald, White, Tomlinson, Bellamy, Briody, Holden, Thompson, Seriden, Husbands