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Sale Hit the Front

Sale top after 10th straight win

Our Highlight video will be up soon

Sale ventured across to Sheffield for the second week running to face a team languishing towards the foot of National League 2 North.

The game started with the home side exerting pressure deep in the Sale half but the visitors broke to devastating effect as a length-of-the-field move was temporarily halted, before Jake Barron charged down an attempted clearance and bludgeoned his way over the line.

This was to be the story of the first half with Sheffield dominating territory only for Sale to counter clinically, scoring two more tries through Arron Reed and Adam Aigbokhae following superb lung-busting runs from the latter and Andy Hughes respectively.

HT Sheffield 0 Sale 19

Sale came out after the interval and were immediately on the front foot and the try bonus point was secured when Dan Birchall breached the defence for his third try in three games.

Sheffield were now finding it difficult to get out of their own half and sub Sam Stelmaszek, returning from injury, took advantage of a loose ball in midfield to sprint in for a fifth try.

The Yorkshiremen eventually got on the score sheet with a try of their own, only for Jake Barron to respond almost immediately as he dived over from close range.

The hosts kept coming and secured a second try after a good break in midfield but Sale had the last word as Arron Reed intercepted a loose pass in his own half and left everyone in his wake with Chris Johnson adding a sixth conversion out of seven attempts.

FT Sheffield 10 Sale 47

With leaders Hinckley losing a tight game to Sedgley Park, Sale hit the top of the table for the first time this season and will be aiming to stay there when they entertain South Leicester at Heywood Road next Saturday (KO 2:15pm).

Our Team Sale vs Sheffield

We head to Sheffield this weekend to play just down the road from last weeks game.  Hopefully the freezing conditions will have passed and we look forward to a great game.  If you’re heading down, the address is on the fixture page here

The team is now up as well.

Sale FC win in the Arctic!

Sale FC travelled to Sheffield Tigers who lie just off the Arctic circle based on todays conditions.  A cross between sunstroke and frostbite saw Sale take five points in a 27-16 win and Sheffield Tigers.  A full match report and video to follow.

After the game we caught up with Andy Hughes and I think you can tell that it was quite cold in Sheffield yesterday!

A Christmas Feast At Heywood Road

Saturday the 23rd of December was arguably the best day Sale FC have had since we gained promotion to National 2 North. 1500 People came down to meet the new signing, drink in the new clubhouse, 175 people for pre-match lunch and watch Sale FC overcome a powerful Tigers team in a tense encounter.

Trickey The Mutt makes his Debut in front of a packed balcony at Heywood Road

Sedgley Tigers were one of only two teams to defeat Sale FC this season and the return fixture was an absolute arm wrestle until the final 20 when Sale turned on the power and sent first Danny Birchall over the line and then the returning Jake Barron touched down following two penalties from Chris Johnson who had yet another fine kicking display.  Sedge never really looked like crossing the line against a Sale team with the best defensive record in the National Leagues, even camped on the Sale FC line for ten minutes so no panic from the home team, the final play of the game however, say a rare mistake from Chris Johnson who looking for space over the back three, misjudged his kick and Tigers winger Samuel Lowthion slipped a tackle, and used his pace to get Tigers their bonus point.

Chris Johnson has had some early season hiccups, but, since his showing against Tigers and Tynedale , he’s arguably the best 10 in the league not just by keeping the scoreboard ticking over, but the control of the game which Sale has been missing for the last couple of seasons.  His kicks into the corner coupled with the Line Out skills of Rhys, Gaz and Jake have made depressing viewing for many opposition supporters.  A full match report is now here

Trickey Meets his Hero Trickey

A Buzz at Heywood Road

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’d know something big is happening at Heywood Road on Saturday.  Sedgley Park Tigers make the short journey to Sale FC in our return fixture with the intention of upsetting our upsurge in form since the poor outing at theirs.  The timetable for the day is packed, with the bar opening at 12:00pm and the festivities finishing at 11pm with live music in the Steve Smith Bar.  Lunch is totally sold out in our new venue The Suite @Sale with a Q&A from Ollie Longmore and a speech from Steve Smith.  We will also introduce our new signing at 2pm.

We have some big events even before the KO where we introduce our new signing.  Sale FC Chairman describes this new signing as “pound for pound” the best signing we’ve ever made.

Neil Briggs is confident that he’s a definite game changer and he says the players in the pack have been working like hounds to retain their spots.

Director of Rugby Jonathan Keep is keen to let this player off the leash on Saturday and see if he can really perform on a big stage after 6 months away from all contact from rugby.

We’ve tried to get more information on the new signing from the Director of Rugby and his team, but they aren’t releasing anything until 2pm on Saturday.

The team sheet won’t be released as normal, but the rumour is that at least one player is making their debut tomorrow….