Stevenage 4-2 Salford City: Steve Evans Boro sign off their League Two season with entertaining victory
By Layth Yousif
7th May 2022 | Local Sport
LEAGUE TWO: Stevenage 4-2 Salford City
Steve Evans Boro signed off a challenging league campaign with an entertaining 4-2 victory over visitors Salford City at Broadhall Way on Saturday.
A lively match had a decidedly end of season feel to it. With Boro securing their league status after rallying under new boss Evans in late April and Salford safe in mid table, there was little to play for.
However, in front of a healthy Lamex attendance of 3,558, including 174 from the Moor Lane - a number of who donned fancy dress - a lively game of football rewarded home fans for their loyalty over a difficult season.
Salford went ahead in the 14th minute through Liam Shephard, who squeezed the ball over the line, to put the visitors 1-0 up - sending the travelling fans into raptures at the other - including Superman, Super Mario, a Peaky Blinder, Scooby Doo, an ice cream, two nuns, a collection of unconvincing Mexicans complete with sombreros and the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man from Ghostbusters.
Stevenage made it 1-1 seven minutes later when Jamie Reid followed up Arthur Reid's shot that former Boro keeper Tom King tipped onto the bar, with the goal eventually given to Salford's Theo Vassell.
Six minutes before half time, Laurie Walker replaced Christy Pym between the Stevenage sticks because of an injury.
Evans side completed a first half turnaround, when Reid grabs a deserved goal, after driving through the visitors defence to drill a low, long range shot past keeper King moments before half time to make the scoreline 2-1.
Shortly after the interval came the goal of the game, when Luke Norris scored with a quite spectacular volley that beat King, following a less than convincing punch away for a cracking strike to make it 3-1.
With 23 minutes remaining, 22-year-old Dublin-born Ipswich Town loanee Corrie Ndaba headed home for the visitors to reduce the deficit to 3-2 and set up a grandstand finish.
That was until Elliot List sealed the victory with a fine strike ten minutes from time.
Salford boss Gary Bowyer said afterwards: "It was quite an unbelievable effort from the supporters in fancy dress - they've been brilliant all season."
The result saw Stevenage ease to 21st spot, while Salford ended the 2021-22 season in tenth place.