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Sale FC secure win after stunning comeback

On a blustery but dry day, Sale FC took on mid-table Darlington Mowden Park at Heywood Road looking to stay in the race at the top of National League 1.

The visitors started the game in confident fashion and were soon ahead when a kick from Callum Pascoe squirmed through the hands of Nev Edwards allowing Oliver Hodgson to dot down. 0-5

Sale responded in the 11th minute, winning a 5m lineout and driving to the line for Josh Brown to continue his fine try scoring season; Tom Curtis added a superb conversion from out wide. 7-5

The dogs joy was short lived however as DMP came roaring back with 3 tries in the space of 10 minutes through Yaree Fantini, Henry Hadfield and Matthew Minogue. 7-24

The blue and whites needed some inspiration and it came in the form of the returning Jared Williams who was at the base of another strong rolling maul to dive over. HT 12-24

The men from the Northeast had been the better side in the first 40 but Sale came out for the second half with renewed intent and the fight back was soon underway when, after several penalties near the whitewash, the referee awarded a penalty try. 19-24

Opposition prop, Joshua Crickmay, was shown a yellow card after the preceding play and the dogs took advantage of the extra man when quick hands saw Mark Dixon offload for Nev Edwards to score in the corner. 24-24

Momentum was in Sale’s hands now and they took the lead when another 5m lineout was won and the rolling maul, a thing of beauty all afternoon, took us to the line for Josh Brown to score his second of the game. 29-24

With two minutes to go, Oli Longmore wrapped the game up for Sale from yet another catch and drive before DMP got a deserved second bonus point with a try from Callum Pascoe. FT 34-31

The proverbial game of two halves with the dogs producing a superb second half performance to earn the spoils against a good visiting side who gave everything.

12-man Sale FC claim incredible win

Sale FC travelled to Hertfordshire to take on a Bishops Stortford side who had won their previous 4 matches in National League 1.

The game was preceded by an impeccably observed minutes silence for Remembrance and, when the action got underway, it was clear that both sides had come to play.

The boys, in their fabulous black change strip, struck first in the 10th minute when Nev Edwards received a pass 30m out and preceded to jink through a bewildered defence to score in the corner. 0-5

The lead lasted only 5 minutes as the hosts went through several phases near our line and eventually broke the dam through scrum half, Connor Lloyd. 7-5

Sale were undeterred and bounced back almost immediately as Kieran Wilkinson danced through the defensive line and showed a clean pair of heals to dot down under the posts before adding the conversion. 7-12 

Play swung from end to end for a while but the last 15 minutes saw a period of domination for the dogs, earning penalty after penalty at the scrum. An inevitable yellow card for the home side followed and, following a kick to the corner, we won the 5m lineout and mauled to the line with Huw Davies diving over; Kieran Wilkinson added the extras HT 7-17

Bishops Stortford made a flying start to the second 40, moving the ball well from inside their own half to score a fine try and reduce the arrears. 14-17

The boys regrouped again and, after a period of pressure, increased their lead with a well-worked try, Kieran Wilkinson putting a chip kick over the defence for Nev Edwards to collect and score his second try of the game 14-22

The game took another twist in the 52nd minute as the hosts scored their third try through full-back, Dan Powell and, 3 minutes later, they were level through a Connor Lloyd penalty 22-22

The response from the dogs was to take the lead again in the 68th minute, driving to the line from a 5m lineout and Oli Longmore diving over; Kieran Wilkinson on target with the conversion 22-29

The match was set up for a grandstand finish and we certainly got it with the home side camped on our line for what seemed like an age. With time in the red we were shown, not one, not two, but three yellow cards and it seemed inevitable that Stortford would score to level the game.

Unbelievably, the remaining 12 players put the shift of their lives in and we managed to turn the ball over and kick out of play to secure the five point win. FT 22-29

An epic finale to a superb game of rugby against a very good Bishops Stortford side.

 

Jonathan Smith Funeral From Joeline Jon’s funeral details Jon will be cremated on Monday 7th November at Manchester crematorium at 2pm, we will be using the larger chapel that can host 100 people, however there will be space to stand outside with speakers too. The service will last about 40 minutes. Jon’s life will be celebrated after the service at Sale FC Rugby Club where I hope we can all share a story of Jon to remember such an incredible man. I hope as many family and friends can attend all or part of the afternoon. Manchester crematorium address: Barlow Moor Rd, Chorlton, M21 7GZ Sale FC Rugby address: Heywood Rd, Sale, M33 3WB

Jon Smith’s Funeral Arrangements

Jon will be cremated on Monday 7th November at Manchester crematorium at 2pm, we will be using the larger chapel that can host 100 people, however there will be space to stand outside with speakers too. The service will last about 40 minutes.

Jon’s life will be celebrated after the service at Sale FC Rugby Club where she hopes we can all share a story of Jon to remember such an incredible man.

Joeline hopes as many family and friends can attend all or part of the afternoon.

Manchester crematorium address: Barlow Moor Rd, Chorlton, M21 7GZ

Sale FC Rugby address: Heywood Rd, Sale, M33 3WB