Sal­ford get march on Cen­tu­ri­ons

Manchester Evening News - - SPORT - By TOM BRAMWELL

SAL­FORD con­tin­ued their prepa­ra­tions for the new Su­per League sea­son with a 40-14 friendly vic­tory over Leigh at the AJ Bell Sta­dium.

The lunchtime fix­ture saw the Red Devils step up in per­for­mance from last week’s win over Swin­ton.

Joey Lus­sick opened the scor­ing, re­act­ing too quickly at hooker for the scram­bling Cen­tu­ri­ons defence.

But Sal­ford coughed up the restart and backed it up with a penalty to hand at­tack­ing po­si­tion to the vis­i­tors. Ex-Red Devil Liam Hood cap­i­talised, touch­ing down de­spite the at­ten­tions of three de­fend­ers. Rhys Wil­liams dived over in the cor­ner on the back of a trade­mark long pass from Kevin Brown.

Brown pro­duced an­other ex­pert flick to send Ken Sio over soon af­ter, be­fore James Green­wood fin­ished off an ex­cel­lent team try on the stroke of half-time.

Brad Hol­royd and Ju­nior Sa’u scored back-to-back tries to cut the deficit af­ter the break.

But the im­pres­sive Wil­liams danced through the Leigh defence to score, be­fore Seb Ikahi­hifo charged through sev­eral de­fend­ers and off­loaded to Josh John­son to stroll in.

And the Red Devils hit 40 af­ter the fi­nal hooter as the Cen­tu­ri­ons looked to keep the ball alive, but could only find Ed Cham­ber­lain, who raced over.

Joey Lus­sick opened the scor­ing for Sal­ford

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