Sale FC 1861 cruise to quarter-final berth

11 tries as cup run continues

Sale FC 1861 travelled to the North East on Sunday to take on Novocastrians IIs in the last 16 of the Women’s Intermediate Cup.

After an early period of pressure and a couple of strong carries from Katy Bodey, India Perris-Redding skirted round the outside of the defence to open the scoring. 0-5

A few minutes later the lead was extended as Georgia McCulluch picked off an intended pass and strode in from 20m with Aimee Wallace converting. 0-12

The blue & whites were certainly not having everything there own way but on 17 minutes Amber Hallmark scythed through a gap to touch down and, not long after, Willow Bell collected an excellent kick through the defence from Aimee Wallace to score in the corner. 0-22

Further tries from Hannah Kurtz and India Perris-Redding, both converted by Aimee Wallace, gave 1861 a convincing lead at the break. HT 0-36

The North-East side made life difficult at the start of the second 40 but, just after the 50-minute mark, we disrupted a line out, Zena Francis carried over 30m and Kirsty Reid kicked on, winning the race to score. 0-43

Hannah Kurtz and Amber Hallmark doubled their tallies for the game to take 1861 out of sight and late late scores from Zena Francis and Sarah Cornforth added a touch of gloss to the score. FT 0-69

A comprehensive win to take us into a home cup quarter-final against Crewe & Nantwich on Sunday 5th March.



Impressive Sale 1861 secure big win

9 tries as 1861 tame panthers

After 3 weeks without a game, Sale 1861 returned to home comforts as they took on third placed Birkenhead Park Panthers at Carrington.

The early stages of the game saw the visitors with the majority of the territory but 1861 opened the scoring in the 9th minute when the ball was fed through several pairs of hands before full back, Amber Hallmark, crashed over; Aimee Wallace added a fine conversion. 7-0

A second try followed in the 21st minute, Chloe Hull stopped just short of the line before India Perris-Redding picked up and forced her way over; Aimee Wallace kicking the extras. 14-0

The scrum half scored an almost identical try in the 29th minute after good work from Maddie Archer but the Panthers reduced the arrears shortly afterwards with a penalty from fly half, Justine Shaw. 21-3

The last few minutes of the half saw the blue and whites go through the gears as Georgia Sutherland sprinted in from 50m, Georgia McCulluch dived over out wide and India Perris-Redding scorched away for her hat-trick. HT 38-3

The visitors came out with renewed vigour in the second half but the 1861 defence was in typically mean mood and they eventually extended their lead as Georgia Sutherland scored another excellent try from distance. 45-3

After surviving a prolonged period of pressure near our try line, we cut loose again with tries from Liana Leota and Zena Francis in the final 5 minutes. FT 55-3

Some excellent individual performances but, more importantly, superb as a team to stay very much in the mix for promotion.

Sale returning to winning ways

Double from walsh earns win

Sale returned to familiar home territory on Saturday when they took on 5th placed Cinderford at Heywood Road, looking to avenge their defeat at Dockham Road in October 2022.

On a day when club legend, Richard Trickey, was presented with a commissioned portrait to mark his 60 years with the club, the dogs got off to a bright start, Tom Walsh blasting in from 30m to open the scoring; Tom Curtis converting. 7-0

The lead was extended in the 7th minute when Tom Curtis knocked over a penalty following Cinderford’s winger, Mason Tonks, being shown a yellow card. 10-0

The visitors bounced back in the 33rd minute when a cross field kick saw the unfortunate Mark Dixon take out the winger in the air, the referee awarding a penalty try and sin-binning the full back. 10-7

Rather than retreat into their shell, the 14 men attacked with verve, hammering at the try line before moving the ball wide for Nev Edwards to stretch over; Tom Curtis again adding the extras. HT 17-7

The blue and whites started the second 40 in similar vein to the first, Jordan Tebbatt producing a delicious chip over the defence for Tom Walsh to kick on and win the race to touch down; Tom Curtis made no mistake with the conversion. 24-7

Much of the second half was interrupted by the referee’s whistle, the dogs incurring his wrath much more than the men from the Forest of Dean and the away side closed the gap in the 73rd minute when scrum half, Michael Austin scored and then converted. 24-14

Sale had good attacking opportunities to score the bonus point try but couldn’t quite manage it and the visitors had the final say with a bonus point earning penalty. FT 24-17

An important win for the dogs to stay top of the table and keep the pressure on the chasing pack.

NEWS ALERT: Sale FC vs Cambridge Tomorrow



  • Due to a frozen pitch there is a Change of venue from Heywood Road to Carrington Training Ground (follow link for directions)
  • Pre-Match Hospitality is now at Carrington! If you have booked pre-match hospitality, the meal is at 12:30 pm and we will have a complimentary drink for you on arrival
  • KO: No-Change 2:30pm
  • We are laying on a FREE BUS from the Little B on Marsland Road to Carrington will depart at 1:30pm returning at 5:15pm
  • Parking at Carrington will be limited, so please car share if you can.

It is really important for us to get this game on, especially as Cambridge have two games to catch up on in February, so we wouldn’t be able to play until March!

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Titans overthrown by Sale

Sale hang on for win

Sale travelled to Somerset to take on a Taunton side struggling towards the bottom of National League One.

The game kicked off on a soft pitch with a stiff breeze at the dogs’ backs but we were quickly behind as the Titans blasted through a hole in our defence to score under the posts and add a simple conversion. 7-0

After the early shock to the system, Sale grew into the game, dominating territory if not possession. It took until the 26th minute for us to draw level when the catch and drive functioned perfectly for Josh Brown to scramble over the whitewash; James Robins adding a fine conversion from out wide. 7-7

The remainder of the half was littered with penalties, including one which saw Josh Brown yellow carded for a high tackle, but the dogs took the lead with time in the red as the aforementioned hooker returned to the fray to score his 14th try of the season. 7-12

It was important to start the second half well with the wind in our faces and we did just that as Tom Brady intercepted a floated pass to stride in from 30m; James Robins was on target with the extras. HT 7-19

Shortly afterwards we lost Jordan Tebbatt to a yellow card but were close to surviving the ten minutes with 14 men when the hosts bashed through our defensive line after a sustained period of pressure. 14-19

The last ten minutes of the game saw the dogs almost entirely in Titans territory but, try as they might, they could not secure the bonus point try. FT 14-19

A hard fought win in tricky conditions against a side who belied their lowly league status. Sets up an intriguing clash against third placed Cambridge next week.