After just missing out on promotion in the playoffs last year, Salford City have started the new campaign remarkably, currently standing unbeaten in their last 11 fixtures.
For the side owned by Manchester United’s famous Class of 92, the goal has always been to rise through the ranks and join the Football League as soon as possible.
A steady stream of success and back-to-back promotions was halted last season after being knocked out on penalties in the league semi-final playoffs, but the performances throughout the regular season had still been more than commendable – a final day 5-1 thrashing of competitive rivals Darlington a noteworthy highlight.
As such, Salford came into the first game of the new season against said opponent full of optimism, though fell to a disappointing 2-0 opening day defeat – a feeling that as a Newcastle fan I too would come to understand.
Salford have been undeterred, however, by their early stumble and since then have launched a remarkable string of results, including nine wins and remaining unbeaten in their last eleven fixtures.
The run included confident 3-0 thumpings of Nuneaton and Kidderminster at home, as well as assured wins against Harrogate and Telford showed that Salford’s form was more to do with a talented squad than just a home field advantage.
Its no secret that Moor Lane is an impressive stadium, especially for the level at which Salford play, and their professional status – which came into effect at the beginning of this campaign – is an anomaly too at this level, but their remarkable form is currently justifying why they are one of England’s fastest growing clubs.
A cup exit to York is a little bittersweet, but the league has always been Salford’s priority, and by their current performances, could easily be their route to success this season.
Salford currently reside in second in the National League North table, joint with top place Harrogate – who themselves are showing remarkable form – on 29 points, six clear of the next competition.
Its looking like another very strong season from the Ammies, and at this stage there seems to be no reason why it can’t result in promotion this time round.