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Friday 24th February 2012, 20:00 - Round:4
Salford Red Devils
|Ashley Gibson 2, Matty Ashurst, Sean Gleeson,||T||Brett Seymour 2, Wade McKinnon, Tom Briscoe,|
Daniel Holdsworth 4,
Danny Tickle 3,
Attendance: 5,186 Official: P Bentham Venue: The City of Salford Community Stadium
Daniel Holdsworth booted a last-minute penalty to secure Salford City Reds’ first win at their new £26million stadium as they enjoyed a last-gasp victory over Hull FC.
The Reds, beaten at home by Castleford Tigers on the opening weekend, led 10-0 before Hull fought back to go ahead 16-10 at the break in a nail-biting match.
Salford’s Matty Ashurst and Hull’s Tom Briscoe traded tries in the second half and, after Sean Gleeson crossed, Holdsworth held his nerve to seal victory for the hosts.
The hosts opened the scoring after Holdsworth’s chip kick was collected by Ashley Gibson to cross in the corner.
Salford, buoyed by their 38-18 victory at Widnes Vikings, started the game full of confidence and extended their lead with Gleeson’s superb flick pass sending Gibson in for his second touchdown midway through the first half.
Hull, who had lost only five of their 23 Stobart Super League meetings against Salford, hit back immediately with Brett Seymour dummying over from close range.
Chris Nero, on his 200th Super League appearance, came to Salford’s rescue moments later after beating Danny Tickle to the ball following Danny Houghton’s short kick through.
The black and whites were level, though, after half an hour with Wade McKinnon squeezing in at the corner despite the best efforts of Jodie Broughton.
Hull, looking to maintain their unbeaten start to the season, then went ahead just before the interval with the lively Seymour crashing over for his second try and the home side were on the ropes.
But Salford rallied after the break and hit back with a great move involving Luke Patten sending Ashurst crashing over and levelling the scores.
The Airlie Birds, who handed a debut to Josh Bowden on the bench with Sam Moa suspended and Joe Westerman injured, had a lucky escape with Gibson denied a hat-trick on 55 minutes.
Gibson then came to Salford’s rescue to tap the ball clear with Kirk Yeaman ready to pounce.
The home side withstood more pressure with Shannon McPherson producing a magnificent try-saving tackle on the rampaging Tickle.
Salford’s resistance finally cracked 15 minutes from time with quick hands from Willie Manu and Yeaman sending Tom in at the corner. Tickle booted the touchline conversion and the visitors led 22-16.
But the Reds, who had Ryan Boyle making his first appearance of the season, hit back with Aussie duo Holdsworth and Patten engineering the space for Gleeson to power over. Holdsworth added the conversion to set-up a tense finale.
Richard Horne, on his 300th Super League appearance for Hull, failed with a drop goal attempt five minutes from time.
Then, with less than two minutes remaining, Hull hooker Danny Houghton was penalised and it was left to the ice-cool Holdsworth to land a 45-metre penalty and send the home fans delirious.
TA: Try assists
MT: Marker tackles
MI: Missed tackles
TB: Tackle busts
AT: Attacking kicks
AG: Av gain
CB: Clean break
DR: Run from dummy half
FT: Forty twenty
MG: Missed goals