Match ends, Salford City 1, Crawley Town 1.
Former Manchester United striker James Wilson scored for the fourth home game in a row but Salford were denied by Crawley in an entertaining draw.
The in-form Wilson whipped a wonderful left-footer into the top corner against a lively Crawley side who struck a deserved equaliser through captain George Francomb.
Under torrential rain at The Peninsula Stadium both sides enjoyed positive moments in a goalless first half, with Jordan Tunnicliffe heading Crawley's best chance straight at Ammies keeper Vaclav Hladky.
With former Sunderland and Ipswich boss Roy Keane again watching on, tempers briefly flared with three bookings in as many minutes, and the energetic Brandon Thomas-Asante wasted Salford's best moments.
The goals came midway through the second half, Wilson's stunner firing Paul Scholes' men ahead but Francomb following up to grab his third of the season after Hladky could only parry into his path from Sam Matthews.
Crawley looked the most likely winners, as Jake Hessenthaler flashed a half-volley inches wide and Hladky reacted brilliantly to keep out a deflected free-kick from Matthews.
Match report supplied by PA Media.
- 6ClarkeBooked at 76mins
- 18ThrelkeldBooked at 38minsSubstituted forBernardat 62'minutes
- 10HunterSubstituted forGoldenat 90+1'minutes
- 37Thomas-AsanteBooked at 81mins
- 3DohertySubstituted forDaviesat 68'minutes
- 8PowellBooked at 37mins
- 29HeskethBooked at 34minsSubstituted forAshfordat 64'minutes
- Andy Haines
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Salford City 1, Crawley Town 1.
Offside, Salford City. Ian Henderson tries a through ball, but Brandon Thomas-Asante is caught offside.
Ian Henderson (Salford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Archie Davies (Crawley Town).
Foul by James Wilson (Salford City).
Tom Nichols (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, Salford City. Tylor Golden replaces Ashley Hunter because of an injury.
Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Ibou Touray.
Foul by Ian Henderson (Salford City).
Jack Powell (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Di'Shon Bernard (Salford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Jake Hessenthaler (Crawley Town).
Brandon Thomas-Asante (Salford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Sam Ashford (Crawley Town).
Tom Clarke (Salford City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Max Watters (Crawley Town).
Attempt missed. Jake Hessenthaler (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner following a set piece situation.
Brandon Thomas-Asante (Salford City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Brandon Thomas-Asante (Salford City).