As Salford City’s stadium really starts to take shape, things are getting together on the pitch as well. The team are going full time, their management duo have new long term contracts and just maybe, the Ammies could find themselves playing in the Vamarama National League next season.
If you want to see their ambition for yourself, pop your head around the door at their Moor Lane ground.
It’s unrecognisable from even a few months ago as they seats go and and the stands go up. Progress can sometimes be painfully slow, but not at Salford. This project has been turned around in next to no time.
On the pitch, enormous developments too.
In their first season at this level has sometimes been rocky but having won three of their last four matches, confidence isn’t lacking.
It’s perhaps a shame the AFC Fylde have taken the season in their stride. A few more dropped points and the title race would have been between as many as seven clubs!
Joint manager Anthony Johnson knows his team have got to get into the playoffs and they are looking good for it.
But with competition so high, there is little room to go on even a small bad run.
“We’ve got to make sure we stay there and keep fighting,” said the City manager, who runs the team with his long term friend Bernard Morley.
“The club has progressed so much inside the last 12 months and we need to keep on progressing. You can see for yourself the ambition here off the pitch, we need to match that on it.
“We’ve been given a two year deal but we can’t sit on that and think it’s security. The hard work is all day every day, it’s not a case of it being now.”
The next two games will really test them – as well as test the work-in-progress stadium which gets better every day.