Category: News

Sale edge thriller with Moseley to secure 5-point win

Entertainment galore at Heywood Road as Sale defeat Moseley

High-flying Birmingham Moseley headed North looking for a fifth straight league success against a Sale side whose own winning run had come to an end the previous week.

The visitors started the stronger and were soon in front when fly half, Tighe Maxwell-Whiteley, benefited from a charge down to make his way over the try line and then convert. 0-7

Moseley were looking dangerous with the ball in hand with centre, Oli Allsopp, particularly prominent, but the Dogs worked their way into the game and reduced the arrears on 20 minutes when Tom Curtis made no mistake with a penalty kick from directly in front of the posts. 3-7

Two minutes later the blue and whites took the lead as winger, Tom Brady, picked up a knock on in midfield and raced in from 40 metres; Curtis added the extras. 10-7

The situation worsened for the Midlanders in the 25th minute when prop, David Langley, was shown a yellow card, Tom Curtis making no mistake with the resulting penalty. 13-7

A few minutes later the hosts took full advantage of their numerical superiority, keeping the ball alive superbly before the returning Fergus Mulchrone offloaded for debutant, Tom Burrow, to side step the tackler and make it to the whitewash; Curtis again on target. 20-7

With half-time in sight, Moseley reduced the arrears with a well taken try from winger, Aquile Smith, after good work from Allsopp and Maxwell-Whiteley made no mistake with the conversion. HT 20-14

The away side began the second 40 in similar fashion to the first and were soon back in front when scrum half, Freddie Painter, forced his way to the line after a quick tap penalty; Maxwell-Whiteley slotted the kick. 20-21

Undaunted, back came the Dogs to retake the lead with a try from their own scrum half, Matt Bradley, who sniped down the side of a ruck to score before Curtis continued his fine afternoon from the tee. 27-21

The tit for tat nature of the scoring continued, Moseley fashioning a try from short range through the impressive Allsopp with Maxwell-Whiteley also continuing his perfect afternoon with the boot. 27-28

With just over 10 minutes to play, Curtis edged the Dogs in front with a straightforward penalty before Oskar Hirskyj-Douglas scored the try of the afternoon, dancing his way to the line after superb hands in the backs; Curtis made it 7 kicks from 7. 37-28

With time in the red, the visitors were awarded a penalty and Maxwell-Whiteley opted for the posts to secure a deserved second bonus point. FT 37-31

A terrific game of rugby between two sides who went at it hammer and tong all afternoon with the Dogs securing an impressive bonus point win.

Sale FC continue good form in bonus point win over Plymouth

Sale defy league position to defeat high-flying Albion

10th February 2024
31 - 3
Full Time

Sale defy league position to defeat high-flying Albion

Sale and Plymouth entered the game at Heywood Road in contrasting form with “The Dogs” having won their last two and Albion on the back of two straight defeats.

The hosts made the perfect start with only a minute on the clock when a kick through went loose behind the whitewash, allowing Mark Dixon to pick up and score the easiest of tries; Tom Curtis converted. 7-0

The visitors were soon on the scoreboard though with a 40m penalty from full back, Tom Putt, and began to dominate both possession and territory. 7-3

Only good fortune and fine defensive work prevented Albion from adding to their initial score and it was somewhat against the run of play that Sale extended their advantage as Nathan Langdon sneaked down the blindside to dive over; Curtis added the extras. HT 14-3

The blue and whites began the second half brightly and, after a barrage of phases near the try line, the ball was flung wide for Tom Walsh to cross in the corner; Curtis landed a fine conversion. 21-3

That score only served to spur the hosts on further and the bonus point try arrived in the 59th minute when the forwards proved unstoppable from 5m, Josh Brown the beneficiary; Curtis made it 4 from 4. 28-3

A penalty from the boot of Curtis extended the lead further and, despite a late yellow card for Andy Hughes and a couple of opportunities, Albion were unable to reduce the arrears. FT 31-3

Another important win for “The Dogs” to lift them further away from the bottom of the table and give them real belief for the last third of the season.


Sale FC440131Win
Plymouth Albion00013Loss


Date Time League Season Full Time
10th February 2024 15:00 National One 2023-2024 0'


Sale FC snatch victory from jaws of defeat

Late late show for Sale FC against Cinderford

3rd February 2024
21 - 15
Full Time

Late late show for Sale FC against Cinderford

Both Sale and Cinderford headed into this game with a firm eye on their league positions relative to the bottom of National League One.

The visitors got off to the perfect start when centre, Jacob Shortland, cruised through a gap in the home defence with less than 3 minutes on the clock; Joe Winfield converted. 0-7

Cinderford continued to enjoy the lions share of possession in the early stages but Sale gradually worked their way into the game, only stout defence and the odd handling error preventing them from opening their account.

The hosts were unable to take advantage of a yellow card shown to Cinderford full back, Michael Wilcox for a deliberate knock on but, when Will Riley was sin-binned for Sale shortly before the break, Winfield made no mistake from the tee. HT 0-10

The ‘Dogs’ started the second period with renewed vigour and cut the deficit in the 48th minute with a try from debutant prop, Tye Raymond, who crashed over following good work from Tristan Woodman; James Robins added the extras. 7-10

After a mid-half lull, Sale surged ahead in the 62nd minute, Oskar Hirskyj-Douglas making a dent in the defence before skipper, Andy Hughes, picked up and dived over; Robins again on target. 14-10

Undaunted, the visitors applied the pressure at the other end and retook the lead in the 76th minute when hooker, Nathan Taylor, dived over from the back of a rolling maul. 14-15

Defeat looked inevitable, but Sale went into all-out attack mode and somehow kept the ball alive deep in Cinderford territory for Andy Hughes to make it through a stacked defence to score his second and, ultimately, the match winning try; Tom Parkin put the icing on the cake with the conversion. FT 21-15

A game that could have gone either way but Sale take the spoils to move out of the bottom 3 at the expense of the visitors.


Sale FC330021Win


Date Time League Season Full Time
3rd February 2024 15:00 National One 2023-2024 0'


Sale FC vs Cinderford Rescheduled Game

Sale FC vs Cinderford 3rd Feb 2024 KO 3PM

The rescheduled match against Cinderford is on this weekend. After the frost that hit us two weeks ago, we’re back at Heywood Road to face the men from the Forest of Dean. If you want to book (or re-book) pre-match the make sure you get in early. Stay tuned for our social media posts with all the news for this weekend!

We need you!

Although we’re playing better and we’re winning games, we need as much noise as we can get down at Heywood Road this weekend. The England vs Italy game will be on in the bar and the main game will KO at 3pm!