Jack Moorhouse and Liam McGovern hit milestones for Sale
Jack with his 100th try and Liam on 1000 league points
Sale welcomed Herefordshire side Luctonians to Heywood road on Saturday afternoon.
After a tentative and error strewn first quarter, Sale were the first to break the deadlock in the 23rd minute with a try by debutant James Conville. A break by Full-Back Liam McGovern, from a Luctonians clearance saw good handling by Tom Curry who got the ball to Conville in space for him to cross the line for what will surely be his first of many tries for Sale.
Following a sustained period of pressure by Luctonians, they were eventually awarded a penalty just inside the Sale 22 for collapsing the scrum. Scrum Half Louis Silver stepped up a slotted a penalty in the 32nd minute.
Shrotly after, Sale substitute Matthew Posthelwhaite, having only been on the field for a matter of minutes was yellow carded for deliberately killing the ball, the result was a penalty try to Luctonians Which was converted by Louis Silver. Meaning Luctonians went in to the break with 5-10 lead.
With a man down Sale struggled for the beginning part of the second half, Luctonians capitalised on this, scoring a further penalty through Silver and then in the 49th minute scoring a text book catch and drive try from a line-out in the corner.
With time quickly ticking down and Luctonians in a commanding 5-18 lead the game looked to be slipping away from Sale. However, the turning point proved to be in the 55th minute when Luctionions lost Stephen Psota to a yellow card under the totting up process. From the resulting penalty Sale kicked to the corner. In almost identical fashion to the earlier Luctonians effort. Oliver Longmore was able to find Tom Aisles at the back of the line for Sale to push over the line for the score in the 58th minute. This was converted by Liam McGovern.
A break by try scorer Tom Aisles straight from the Luctonians kick-off forced a two on one situation, a smart pop off by Aisles to Jack Moorhouse, saw the centre cross the Line for his 99th try in Sale colours. This was converted by Liam McGovern.
With 20 minutes remaining and Sale having scoring two tries in as many minutes, the Blue and Whites were now in the ascendancy with the score at 19 -18.
What followed was a tense 15 minutes marked by two simple penalty misses by Luctionions kicker Silver.
The game finally sprang back in to life with Sale scoring 2 tries in the final 3 minutes. Firstly in the 77th minute through man of the match Tom Aisles, is second of the day. After a break from the back of the line out by Aisles, he was tackled two metres short of the line before reaching out just getting the ball over the whitewash. This effort was followed up by Matthew Postlethwaite, making up for his earlier indiscretion, by going over for a try in the 78th minute following a kick charge down. Both tries were converted by Sale Skipper Liam McGovern for a final score of 31 – 18 to Sale.
This Result leaves Sale 3rd In National 2 North 1 point behind league leaders Sedgley Park.
Come down for the game against Luctonians on the 1st October and support the boys in Blue and White
Kick Off 3pm
On a magnificent sunny day at Heywood Road, Sale looked to continue their flying start to this years league campaign against Tynedale. Sale looked intent on playing an expansive game from the off with both forwards and backs linking well from early on. After some good play from Moorhouse and Johnson, Mayor was put clear on the right hand side and screeched in to score, Mcgovern duly added the conversion. Mayor was immediately replaced sustaining a hamstring injury.
With some superb handling again from Sale, Tynedale were struggling to keep up with the pace of the Home sides game, Stelmaszec was influential through out resulting in Moorhouse crossing and Mcgovern adding the conversion . With continued pressure, tynedale received a yellow card for continual infringement’s and with the extra man trying to force the play, Moorhouse cheekily intercepted and scored his second, Mcgovern added the points for a 21 – 0 score after27 mins.
After good play by tynedale they were awarded a penalty and duly converted to get on the scoreboard. Sadly for Adam Aigbokhae who was in imperious form, he looked to have sustained an arm injury, later confirmed as fractured. He was replaced by Ben curry, which showed off Sale’s strength from the bench. With the continuous pressure, tynedale were yellow carded again and Johnson nudged a lovely drop goal on half time to
bring the score 24-3. A superb half of rugby was displayed.
Tynedale tried to get more into the game but the additions to sale this year seems to proving crucial with some patient rugby and defence. This allowed Johnson to dictate play with Mcgovern and Moorhouse being a constant threat. The forwards were now on top and with tries from Barker and Birchall the game was out of sight with bonus points in the bag. Mcgovern yet again added the points. Tynedale did hit back with a try of their own but the game was rounded off with a superb Crossfield kick , straight of the training ground into the arms of Postlethwaite who jinked inside and out and finished superbly, conversion was added to offer a final score of 45-13. Well done to the lads.
Sale FC 27 v Otley RFC 3
Successful start to Sale FC league campaign kicking off on a rainy Saturday afternoon at Heywood Road with a comfortable 27-3 win over Otley at Heywood Road.
Sale had a tough campaign last year in National Two North as they survived the drop on the closing stages of last season. Key to them doing well this season is their home form and judging by this opening performance, that could well be a factor to any success they have this year as the Manchester based side dominated large spells of this contest.
But, it was Otley who started the stronger and were able to take advantage of early territory as Hodgson slotted over the penalty.
The wet and greasy conditions weren’t aiding the players in the first half as a number of penalties for knock-ons were awarded. Sale eventually profited from that as McGovern bisected the posts for his first points of the season to make the game all square.
Both defences were standing firm, but Otley’s was having to work the harder as Sale looked to make inroads. The home side struggled to register the first try of the game as the half ticked by, but they did go close through McGovern who was held up over the line.
However, Sale would end the opening period in front as fly-half Johnson, who was making his league debut, coolly slotted over a drop-goal to put his side in front after sustained pressure from the hosts.
Sale had been knocking at the door for large spells of the first 40 and it took less than 60 seconds in the second half for the home side to get their first try of the game as McGovern carved open the Otley defence and flicked the ball to Mayor who slid over in the corner.
McGovern failed with the tough conversion attempt and it looked like that could’ve cost the hosts as Otley nearly crossed from their first real attack of the game.
Scum-half Max Johnson darted through the Sale defence and popped the ball wide, but it fell loose. Winger Alex Beaumont did well to get a boot on the ball and nudge over the try line, but in the wet conditions he couldn’t get a firm grounding on the ball which resulted in a knock on.
McGovern made Otley rue that missed opportunity as he slotted over another six points for his side. Otley’s George Burkinshaw was then yellow carded as the Yorkshire outfit started to lose their discipline and it got worse for Peter Clegg’s team as Sale put the game beyond Otley a couple of minutes later.
Following a kick to the corner, the ball was worked to the middle by the Sale backs before the move was rounded off by Kelly as barged his way over by the posts to give Sale some breathing space in this contest. McGovern made no mistake with the extras which ultimately wrapped up an opening day win for Sale FC. Man of the match was Sale FCs 2nd row Rees Davies working relentlessly and carrying hard all afternoon to create a good platform for the backs.