AFC Fylde 0 Salford City 3

Salford City have been promoted to the English Football League for the first time in their history after a comfortable victory in the Vanarama National League Promotion Final.

The match started brightly as both teams created opportunities before the deadlock was broken in the fifteenth minute when a stroke of misfortune handed Salford the lead.

Danny Rowe saw his clearance from a free kick rebound off his own man to gift Mani Dieseruvwe the opportunity to curl past Jay Lynch from close range. An opportunity he didn’t pass up as Salford drew first blood.

AFC Fylde were limited to shots from distance by their National League counterparts as Dan Bradley and Rowe failed to threaten Chris Neal from range.

Fylde should have been level in the thirty-second minute. Andy Bond played a smart one-two with Nick Haughton and as he broke into the Salford box he fired his shot over the crossbar.

Graham Alexander’s men started the second half strongly and doubled their lead eight minutes after the re-start. From a resulting corner following a Lois Redmond strike, Carl Piergianni rose highest and powered a header into the back of the net.  

Salford took a giant step towards League 2 when Ibou Touray scored the Ammies’ third. Touray was given space to drive down the wing and his cross surprised everyone at Wembley when the ball curled past Lynch and found its way into the net via the post.     

The third knocked the wind out of Fylde’s sails as they failed to create a clear-cut chance in the second half. Salford were happy to professionally see out victory as Alexander replaced Dieseruvwe with Rory Gaffney.

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