1. Gary Tyrer, 2. Phil Coussons, 3. Nathan McAvoy, 4. Jason
Critchley, 5. Phil Ford, 6. Sam Panapa, 7. Andy Gregory, 8. David Young, 9. Mark Lee, 10. Cliff Eccles, 11. Bob Marsden,
12. Richard Webster, 13. Ian Blease. Subs: Ian Watson, Craig Randall.
Goals: Gary Tyrer 2
Wigan had used their game in hand to go three points
clear of Leeds in the midweek and we're looking to push home their advantage
on this trip to mid table Salford who were playing their first game with
newly appointed player-coach Andy Gregory. They would have to do it though
without Martin Offiah, Frano Botica, Phil Clarke, Jason Robinson and Shaun
Edwards. Craig Murdock got the nod to start at Scrum Half and opened the
scoring before two tries from Gary Connolly and three goals from Henry Paul
made it 18-0. Salford hit back though before half time with a try from Mark
Lee and two goals from Gary Tyrer making it 18-8.
The after match headlines were grabbed by 49th Minute
substitute Sean Long who's "pace and distribution" helped Wigan push on
second half with further tries from Inga Tuigamala, Paul Atcheson, Mick
Cassidy and Kris Radlinski. Long kicked two goals after being passed the
kicking duties late in the game. The victory was job done for Wigan but made
even better afterwards with news of Leeds losing 31-22 away at Sheffield
Eagles. This meant Wigan had gone from 1 point ahead to 5 within the space
of five days.
Salford 8 Wigan 18
Dave Campbell (Widnes)
Top of the Stones Bitter Championship - After This Match
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