Atkin pens new deal

Salford Red Devils are delighted to announce that Chris Atkin has signed a two-year contract extension with the option for a third. 

Atkin has impressed since he arrived from Hull Kingston Rovers last year, and despite what has been a slow start to the season for the Red Devils, the 28-year-old has been one of Salford’s standout performers in 2021.

The number 18 has got himself on the scoreboard a handful of times already this season, recently scoring the winning drop goal in a hard-fought away victory over Ian Watson’s Huddersfield Giants.

Speaking on extending his Salford stay, Atkin said: “It was an easy decision to make when I sat down with the club. Salford has quickly become my home since I arrived here last year and everyone at Salford has always made me feel welcome and valued, our loyal fans included.

“I’ve enjoyed my time here so far, we’ve got a brilliant setup at Salford and I’m really looking forward to the future.”

Speaking on Atkin’s contract extension, head coach Richard Marshall said: “I’m really pleased to see Chris pen a new deal with us, he’s a quality player and a brilliant individual off the field.

“He’s been one of our most improved players this year and has really bought into our plans and the direction that our club is heading.”

Director of rugby and operations Ian Blease added: “To have Chris with us for the next two years, possibly three, is fantastic news for all involved at Salford.

“Chris is a key member of the squad and it’s great to know that he will continue to be!

“We are continuing our search for more additions for 2022 as we aim to push on from our success in recent years.”

Join Atkin at The Mend-A-Hose Jungle on Sunday afternoon, by purchasing a ticket for our Betfred Super League away clash against Castleford Tigers.

New date for Round 12 clash with Wakefield

The Round 12 Betfred Super League fixture between Salford Red Devils and Wakefield Trinity that was postponed this week under the game’s Covid-19 protocols, has been rearranged for Friday 16th July. 

The match will kick off at 7:30pm, however the venue is yet to be confirmed due to pitch maintenance at the The Salford Stadium, meaning that our home ground is unavailable on the date of the match. Further information on the venue will be announced in due course, along with information on how to purchase tickets.

Refunds will be issued 3-10 days from the date of the original fixture for anyone who bought tickets.

RED DEVILS IN DEPTH: HULL KR v SALFORD

Any hopes that the roasting which Warrington had administered, in the last outing for the Salford Red Devils, would prove to be the low point of their season, lasted for little more than the opening quarter of this week’s away fixture at Hull KR, after which those hopes wilted and were finally dashed by a Rovers side which soared in confidence as the game unfolded.

True, the Red Devils had the better of the opening exchanges, taking the lead after only five minutes thanks to Ken Sio latching onto Tui Lolohea’s most profitable end-of-set kick of the night, to score in the corner.  This was well deserved, coming, as it did, on the back of a period of sustained pressure on the Rovers’ line, and, although Sio was unable to convert his try, Salford were clearly the dominant team and continued to be so for the following ten minutes.

Indeed, everything they produced throughout that period had the hallmark of a team on its way to victory, dominating position and possession thanks in part to a number of favourable penalties, good kick-chases which pinned the home side in their own thirty metre area, and forcing Hull to have to drop out from between their own posts on one occasion.

Sadly, that all changed on sixteen minutes when a missed tackle caused Chris Atkin to have to chase back and halt Parcell’s progress with a magnificent try-saving tackle.  However. Salford’s number 18 then saw yellow after his ball steal on the Robins’ number 9 was deemed as a professional foul.

That was the point at which by far the majority of Super League sides, enraged by this turn of events, would have rolled up their sleeves, upped their own game, and taken their frustration and annoyance out on the opposition. However, it was KR who took back control of the arm wrestle and put two tries past Salford inside 25 minutes to take the lead.

Despite a third try being conceded before halftime, taking the score to 16-4 at the interval, the game was not totally beyond them, and supporters of any team would have expected their players to shake off the misfortunes of the first half, and begin the resumption afresh, in similar vein to how they had started the game.

To a certain extent Salford did endeavour to do so and managed to put a couple of attacks together, one of which produced the half’s only real threat to the home team’s line, when Sam Luckley charged through only to be brought to a halt just short of the line, as also was his attempted grounding of the ball.

Despite losing fullback Adam Quinlan for a dangerous kick, the hosts held on for ten minutes and celebrated their number one’s return with another three tries of their own on the scoreboard. Their confidence and prowess rose as Salford’s resistance faded, and the Robins continued to build on their lead right up to the final hooter.

Last time out, Warrington had looked virtually unstoppable, and despite the colossal score they racked up, much could be attributed to their immense skill and talent, that day.  That was far from the case, on Friday night, however, for Rovers had appeared most lacklustre in the earlier stages of the game and were there for the taking. Marshall’s men now look ahead to Round 10 against Huddersfield Giants as the perfect tonic for a response to recent defeats.

TICKETS FOR ROUND 10 ON GENERAL SALE

We are delighted to announce that Salford Red Devils fans will be able to attend our Round 10 away clash against Huddersfield Giants on 18th June at The John Smith’s Stadium.

The last time we had our beloved Salford faithful cheering us on in an away stand was 459 days ago in Perpignan when we faced Catalans Dragons in Round 6 of the 2020 Betfred Super League season.

Round 10 of the 2021 campaign promises to be a fiery occasion against a Huddersfield outfit that is now coached by former Red Devils head coach Ian Watson.

The tickets will go on sale online at 10am Thursday 10th June 2021 and can be purchased by following the below instructions:

  • Go to eticketing.co.uk/salfordreddevils and sign into your account. If you do not have an account, please make one.

  • Go to match tickets and select Huddersfield v Salford.

  • Select the number of tickets in each category you need (maximum of 6 tickets)

  • On each ticket you will need to reassign to someone. This is for track and trace purposes. On each ticket click “reassign”. If people are in your network already, then you can add them now or click “search outside of your network” to add someone who is not in your network to the ticket.

  • Head to checkout

Ticket prices are:

Adult: £25

Senior (65+): £20

Juniors: £10

Junior ST holders: £5

Disabled: £20 and PA Free

Tickets are pre-printed from Huddersfield and will need to be posted out to you so please ensure your postal address is up to date. Huddersfield do not offer digital ticketing. There will be a postage fee added to every booking and this will be the only delivery option available. If purchasing online there will also be a booking fee.

If you are struggling online please email ticketoffice@ajbellstadium.co.uk with your phone number and the ticket office will call you back. Or ring 01617861570 choose option 1 for tickets and leave a voicemail if the line is busy.

Tickets are limited and will go off sale at midday on Wednesday 16th June in order for the tickets to be posted out in time for delivery before the game.

By Purchasing tickets, you are agreeing to the Huddersfield Giants’ Code of Conduct (below) and we stress that all rules must be adhered to whilst representing Salford Red Devils at away grounds.

Covid-19 Supporters Code of Conduct

HUDDERSFIELD GIANTS SPECTATOR CODE OF CONDUCT

COVID 19 

  Health Declaration

I confirm I will not attend if I or any member of my household has experienced any of the following symptoms in the last 24 hours

  • have a high temperature (37.8 or higher); or

  • have a new onset of a continuous cough; or

  • have loss of or change in normal sense of taste or smell

Further information can be found via the NHS website: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/

I confirm I will not attend if I have been contacted in line with the NHS Test and Trace or any other relevant body and are required to self-isolate.

Agreement of Behaviours

I will:

  • Check the Club website and social media for any updates prior to travel

  • Travel to the game responsibly factoring transport choices and any other businesses visited such as pubs and restaurants

  • Allow enough time for necessary entry procedures

  • Familiarise myself prior to travel to the venue with and follow instructions regarding the process to enter and exit the venue including information on dedicated gates and areas that I can access, queuing protocols and controlled exit.

  • Observe any requirements or recommendations for spectators to wear appropriate face coverings when queuing or whilst inside the Stadium consistent with the latest government guidance.

  • Always observe social distancing guidelines, including outside the stadium, moving around the stadium, queuing and one-way systems.

  • Avoid face to face contact with other spectators and ‘brushing past’ when walking to/from your seat

  • Remain in seats registered to my contact details at the point of sale.

  • Observe the demarcation of areas that can and cannot be used.

  • Practice good hygiene, including frequent hand washing and sanitisation.

  • Observe instructional signage and tannoy messaging.

  • Be considerate to all when celebrating, cheering etc

  • Be patient and plan ahead when using the amenities (food kiosks, toilet facilities etc) at the ground to ensure social distancing and avoid creating congestion.

  • Be prepared to make any purchases via contactless methods.

  • Follow any guidance provided by Stewards.

  • Contact the nearest Steward and request medical support if I feel ill.

  • Be responsible for supervising any children accompanying me at all times.

  • Contact the nearest Steward where I believe there to be breaches of the outlined Spectator Code of Conduct.

I acknowledge and agree to the above requirements and have given careful consideration of the associated risks and my own vulnerability status in my decision to attend in line with government guidance, please see here:

Clinically vulnerable – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/staying-alert-and-safe-social-distancing/staying-alert-and-safe-social-distancing-after-4-july#clinically-vulnerable-people

Clinically extremely vulnerable – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19

I confirm that I understand I will not be permitted access to the stadium if I do not carry all required items requested by the Club to access the Stadium such as face coverings/sanitiser/additional hygiene protocols. Should I not agree with any aspect of this code I will not attend the venue.

Where purchasing on behalf of others I will make those individuals aware of their responsibility and required agreement to observe this code.

FIXTURES CONFIRMED FOR ROUNDS 14-25

Rounds 14 to 25 of the 2021 Betfred Super League season have this morning been confirmed.

The initial pick has been made for which games will feature on Sky Sports, with a further 17 fixtures still to be selected.

Rivals Round will be held in Round 20 with Marshall’s men facing off against neighbours Leigh Centurions at Leigh Sports Village, kick-off at 3pm. Magic Weekend is set to take place for Round 23 and Salford will open the event against Castleford Tigers at 2pm at St James’ Park, live on Sky Sports.

The Red Devils clash with rivals Wigan Warriors in Round 18 on Friday 6 August, kick-off at 7:45pm, and will be hoping to rectify the narrow defeat they fell to at home against the Cherry and Whites in Round 7.

See the full fixture schedule below (14-25):

ROUND 14

Friday 9 July

19:45 Leeds Rhinos v Catalans Dragons (Sky Sports)

Sunday 11 July

15:00 Hull FC v Leigh Centurions

15:00 Hull KR v Warrington Wolves

15:00 Wakefield Trinity v St Helens

15:30 Castleford Tigers v Salford Red Devils

18:30 Wigan Warriors v Huddersfield Giants (Sky Sports)

ROUND 15

Thursday 22 July

19:45 Huddersfield Giants v Hull FC (Sky Sports)

20:00 Leigh Centurions v Warrington Wolves

Friday 23 July

19:45 Leeds Rhinos v Salford Red Devils

19:45 St Helens v Hull KR

19:45 Wigan Warriors v Wakefield Trinity

Saturday 24 July

18:00 (17:00 UK) Catalans Dragons v Castleford Tigers

ROUND 16

Wednesday 28 July

19:45 St Helens v Huddersfield Giants

19:45 Warrington Wolves v Wigan Warriors (Sky Sports)

Thursday 29 July

19:15 (18:15 UK) Catalans Dragons v Wakefield Trinity

19:45 Salford Red Devils v Hull KR

20:00 Leigh Centurions v Castleford Tigers

Friday 30 July

19:45 Hull FC v Leeds Rhinos

ROUND 17

Sunday 1 August

15:00 Wigan Warriors v Leigh Centurions

Monday 2 August

19:45 Castleford Tigers v Huddersfield Giants

19:45 Hull FC v St Helens (Sky Sports)

19:45 Hull KR v Catalans Dragons

19:45 Wakefield Trinity v Salford Red Devils

19:45 Leeds Rhinos v Warrington Wolves

ROUND 18

Friday 6 August

19:45 Leeds Rhinos v Castleford Tigers

19:45 Wigan Warriors v Salford Red Devils

Saturday 7 August

18:00 St Helens v Catalans Dragons

Sunday 8 August

15:00 Huddersfield Giants v Wakefield Trinity

15:00 Warrington Wolves v Hull FC

18:30 Leigh Centurions v Hull KR (Sky Sports)

ROUND 19

Friday 13 August

19:15 (18:15 UK) Catalans Dragons v Hull FC

19:45 Hull KR v Wigan Warriors

19:45 St Helens v Castleford Tigers

20:00 Leigh Centurions v Leeds Rhinos

Sunday 15 August

15:00 Salford Red Devils v Huddersfield Giants

15:00 Wakefield Trinty v Warrington Wolves

ROUND 20 – RIVALS ROUND

Thursday 19 August

19:45 Leeds Rhinos v Huddersfield Giants

Friday 20 August

19:45 Hull FC v Hull KR

19:45 Wigan Warriors V St Helens

19:45 Warrington Wolves v Catalans Dragons

Saturday 21 August

19:00 Castleford Tigers v Wakefield Trinity

Sunday 22 August

15:00 Leigh Centurions v Salford Red Devils

ROUND 21

Wednesday 25 August

19:45 Wigan Warriors v Leeds Rhinos

Thursday 26 August

19:30 Salford Red Devils v Catalans Dragons

19:45 St Helens v Leigh Centurions

19:45 Huddersfield Giants v Warrington Wolves

19:45 Hull FC v Castleford Tigers

19:45 Hull KR v Wakefield Trinity

ROUND 22

Monday 30 August

14:00 Salford Red Devils v Hull FC

15:00 Wakefield Trinity v Leeds Rhinos

19:15 (18:15 UK) Catalans Dragons v Leigh Centurions

15:30 Castleford Tigers v Wigan Warriors

19:30 Huddersfield Giants v Hull KR

19:45 Warrington Wolves v St Helens

ROUND 23 – DACIA MAGIC WEEKEND

Saturday 4 September

14:00 Castleford Tigers v Salford Red Devils (Sky Sports)

17:15 St Helens v Catalans Dragons (Sky Sports)

19:00 Leeds Rhinos v Hull FC (Sky Sports)

Sunday 5 September

12:00 Huddersfield Giants v Wakefield Trinity (Sky Sports)

15:15 Wigan Warriors v Warrington Wolves (Sky Sports)

17:30 Leigh Centurions v Hull KR (Sky Sports)

ROUND 24

Friday 10 September

19:45 Hull FC v Wigan Warriors

19:45 St Helens v Leeds Rhinos

Saturday 11 September

15:00 Warrington Wolves v Salford Red Devils

18:00 (17:00 UK) Catalans Dragons v Huddersfield Giants

Sunday 12 September

15:00 Hull KR v Castleford Tigers 15:00 Leigh Centurions v Wakefield Trinity

ROUND 25

Friday 17 September

19:45 Castleford Tigers v Warrington Wolves

19:45 Huddersfield Giants v Leigh Centurions

19:45 Leeds Rhinos v Hull KR

19:45 Salford Red Devils v St Helens

19:45 Wakefield Trinity v Hull FC

19:45 Wigan Warriors v Catalans Dragons

RED DEVILS IN DEPTH: SALFORD v WARRINGTON

It is a widely accepted view, among coaches and officials within the game, that if you can score eighteen points it should put you in a good position to win.  That opinion, however, fell completely flat for Salford, in their latest Betfred Super League outing against the Warrington Wolves.  So what went wrong?

Well, the other side of the score-line tells a different story because by conceding the massive total of sixty-two points it shows the quite lamentable failings of their defence, which had earned such praise over recent weeks.

Not that we needed the score to point that out, for these failings were clearly evident to all and sundry, as the Wolves, particularly through the first and last quarters of the game, ran rampant through it for try after try.  It does, nevertheless, show that there were certain aspects of Salford’s performance which were not far short from the mark; there just were not enough of them.

If there were just one solitary reason for such an about turn in the efficacy of their defence, it would be relatively easy to put right, but that is never the case.  Head Coach, Richard Marshall, in his after-match reviews, has identified a number of significant issues, not least of which was the number of enforced absentees, many of whom were our most senior and influential players.

In addition to that, though there were two aspects of the context in which the game took place, a mere glance back over the past three weeks shows the Red Devils having been taken into Golden Point extra-time by Castleford – as if the standard eighty had not been demanding enough.

This was followed by an unenviable trip to St Helens to muscle up against the Super League Champions.  Then finally, after a very short turn around they held the Wigan Warriors at bay for seventy-seven minutes.  This clearly had taken so much out of them that they had practically nothing left in the tank.

Then, there was Warrington.  Marshall says that they were white hot, and who could argue with that.  It was the sheer speed at which they played the game, and the accuracy with which they executed their plays, that caused so much damage, as our players struggled fruitlessly for twenty minutes to come to terms with it.

How the Wolves must have prepared for this.  Five consecutive defeats over the last two seasons, culminating with that ignominious exit from the Challenge Cup, last October, just a couple of minutes away from a return to Wembley, must have rankled greatly with them for months.  They clearly had scores to settle, and there were going to be no surprises this time around.  Within a minute and a half, they had crossed for the opening try.

With Gareth Widdop running amok, they scythed through the Salford line, almost at will, and by eighteen minutes had that exact same number of points on the board.  To be fair, they were well contained in the middle of the field; it was when the ball went further out wide that the gaps appeared or an overlap was worked, and that continued to be the case in the later period of the second half.

Thankfully, the introduction of a couple of fresh players from the bench, on twenty minutes did work wonders, and suddenly the visitors were pushed into a few handling errors, which gave Salford rather more possession, and they gained a foothold in the game.  For the remainder of the half it was the Red Devils who were calling the shots as they sought to get back into the game.

For substitute, Sam Luckley, it will have been a very bitter-sweet experience for him, on his Super League debut.  In one respect, it will be a match, like everyone else, he will want to forget, but on the other hand he brought some significant go-forward to the proceedings, and if he will learn to be a little more selective with his offloads at this level, he will have a lot to offer over the coming season.

If Warrington could score eighteen points in as many minutes, the Red Devils came pretty close to doing the same themselves.  It started with back-to-back sets on the visitors’ twenty metre line, which saw Morgan Escare spring a surprise on everyone by putting in a short kick on the very first tackle of the second set, chase and collect, only to be denied by a last-ditch tackle which prevented him from grounding the ball on the right side of the try line.

Even though it had not succeeded in opening the Reds’ account, it did provide a little encouragement to the rest of the team, whilst giving Warrington something to think about, and it was only a matter of minutes before their lead was eroded into.

One of their own errors not only ended an assault on the Salford line but it provided Ken Sio with possession, and he promptly covered the ninety-five metres along the touchline to score in the corner, to which Harvey Livett added the extras from the touchline.

The irrepressible Livett was then on hand to finish off a right to left passing move with a converted try of his own, to double their score, and the Wolves’ composure started to look a little strained.  It only needed for the Red Devils to hold onto that differential, and then build upon it in the second half, and we might have been looking at a rather different outcome.

As it was, and as we all know, that singularly did not happen, and a Warrington try seconds before the interval, followed by another in the first sixty seconds of the second half, was a real setback but even then they managed to muster a further converted try from Darcy Lussick.

It was, eventually, an eighteen-minute period during which they were reduced to twelve men by two sin-binnings, and briefly to eleven when these overlapped, that the game went completely away from them.

Warrington took advantage of these reduced numbers to run in four tries and they really turned the screw from there on, to leave everyone associated with Salford disconsolate and despondent, at the final whistle from the size of the defeat.

BALLOT FOR WARRINGTON GAME NOW ON GENERAL SALE

Salford Red Devils are pleased to announce that the Betfred Super League Round 8 home game against Warrington Wolves is now on general sale.

Season ticket holders were given initial priority for access to the game and all season ticket holders who entered the ballot should now know if they were successful or not. Any season ticket holders who were not successful, or did not enter the ballot and would like to attend on Thursday, must email – ticketoffice@ajbellstadium.co.uk

Although we love to have you back for live rugby, we ask all fans to follow and respect the Code of Conduct, stadium ground regulations and direction from signage and stewards on-site.

In order to create the best atmosphere possible, we will be allocating 400 tickets to the away club in the North Stand ONLY. If you are a Salford fan, DO NOT select a ticket in the NORTH STAND AWAY STAND. Likewise, WARRINGTON fans WILL NOT gain access to the east, south or west stands of the stadium.

We are encouraging people to book in bubbles of 6 as booking single tickets drastically reduces capacity.

HOW DO I BOOK?

  1. All our ticketing will be done online digitally
  2. Go to www.eticketing.co.uk/salfordreddevils and sign in/create an account
  3. (if you do not know if you have an account try “forgot password” and if you have an account you will receive an email to reset your password)
  4. Click on Match Tickets at the top of the page and select the game.
  5. Choose the stand you wish to purchase in and “best available”. Select the EAST, WEST & SOUTH for home fans. For AWAY fans select NORTH.
  6. Please select the number of tickets you require for you and other people in your bubble (max of 6). If you are the lead client you will be responsible for everyone in you bubble and you must inform them of the “code of conduct”.
  7. You will get the “best available” for the area you selected. There will be no kiosks in the standing areas of the stadium due to Covid restrictions.
  8. Tickets will be sent via email and you will be able to print at home or add them to your Google or Apple Wallet
  9. Please follow all the instructions on the ticket including the arrival time.
  10. Please bring ID showing your name and date of birth as you may be asked to present it.

If you are having difficulty in doing this or if you are a season ticket holder who has missed the ballot please email ticketoffice@ajbellstadium.co.uk

You can also call 01617861570 and choose option 1 for tickets and if this is not answered leave a message and someone from the ticket office will call you back.

Office hours are Monday – Friday 10am-5pm

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I GET TO THE STADIUM?

There will be details on your ticket of what time you should arrive and what entrance to use. Different blocks will be given staggered arrival times and we ask you all to enter the turnstiles at the time stated. If you arrive too early, or too late, you may not gain access. There will be a one-way system in operation within the stadium. Please pay attention to signage and direction from stewards. You may be asked to show ID.

WILL I BE ABLE TO GET FOOD AND DRINK?

Unfortunately, kiosks will not be open in the standing areas as food and drink has been prohibited. If you are in a seated area you will be able to get food and drink from the kiosks.

IS IT SAFE TO ATTEND?

Although we cannot wait to have you back, we need to ensure that spectator safety is at the top of our agenda. Therefore, it is imperative that fans read and agree to the Spectator Code of Conduct and respect all rules and guidelines and keep fans safe from potential transmission of COVID -19.

DO I NEED TO HAVE A TEST?

No, you do not need to have a test before coming to the stadium. However, if you feel unwell please DO NOT attend.

CAR PARKING

If you have a season car park pass then that will be accepted. Car parking passes can be applied for in advance online or by contacting the ticket office. On-the-day parking will be available for £8. Parking at the stadium is limited and we ask that you only trave in your bubbles and follow guidance. For all information on travelling to the stadium, see here.

Once again, Salford Red Devils would like to thank you all for your continued support and understanding during this unprecedented time.

 

RED DEVILS IN DEPTH: SALFORD v WIGAN

For the second time in three matches, the Salford Red Devils had the heart-breaking experience of losing by a single point from a late drop-goal.  Indeed, the only difference in this latest denouement was that there was no extra time involved, but the devastation at having the league points snatched from their grasp, minutes from the final whistle, must have been every bit as hard to take for our players as was that Golden Point Quarter-Final loss to Castleford Tigers.

It certainly was for we Salford fans, returning in numbers to the The Salford Stadium, after some fourteen months’ absence, but there again, we had not had to spend eighty minutes of intense concentration and physical buffeting which they had had to endure, in an encounter which had seen every single one of them give their all, in the Salford cause.

And how well they measured up to their illustrious opponents.  In similar fashion to the previous outing against St Helens, they were the quicker to settle to their task, and produced yet another magnificent display of defence, which had the visitors attacking flair completely subdued for lengthy periods of the game.

The difference, however, was that the attack, which against the Saints had been quite lacklustre, was a far more potent force, that had the Warriors on the back foot, particularly in the first half.  How confident they looked as they swung the ball along the line, ran the angles, and questioned the visitors’ goal-line defence at every opportunity, forcing them into conceding a first half 6:3 penalty count in the Reds’ favour.

Twice, on the ninth and twenty-fourth minutes they breached the Wigan try line to take the lead, only for their opponents to hit back with tries of their own on eighteen and thirty-three minutes, but thanks to a penalty goal, from the trusty boot of Harvey Livett, the Red Devils left the field at half time with a narrow four-point lead.

Salford’s opening try came as some compensation for Morgan Escare’s earlier disallowed effort owing to an adjudged obstruction from Ryan Lannon’s venturing into the Wigan line.  This time there was nothing to complicate the issue, as Livett got on the end of an offload from an overly ambitious Wigan player.  His thirty-metre sprint to the line saw him ground the ball in almost the same place as Escare had done a mere minute before.

The ever-improving Jack Ormondroyd laid the foundations for the second with a tremendous, forceful run which took him through the Wigan line and into the clear.  Jack Wells was excellent in providing the necessary support to be on hand to take the pass and cross close to the posts.

Good as the Salford performance overall had been to this point, however, errors did start creeping into it.  These succeeded in providing the Warriors with opportunities to put their hosts under pressure of their own.  Their first try came as a result of a set restart after two tackles and the extra plays enabled them to progress the length of the field and use the power of Singleton to force his way over for the first of his two tries.

Probably even more irritating to the coaching staff would have been the second, in which a poor attacking kick into the Warriors’ overcrowded, righthand corner, ricocheted into the arms of winger, Harry Smith, and he took advantage of a momentary lapse of concentration to round the advancing Salford left flank, each of whom appeared not to recognise the danger until he was on his way to getting into the clear.  With the whole field in which to run, Smith cleverly exploited the space to thwart two or three attempts to stop him before putting Farrell over to the left of the posts.

Coming as this did, just over five minutes before the interval, it put the visitors in a much better position to overturn their half time deficit, in the second half, and their penchant for doing so, this season, has been quite widespread as local rivals Leigh Centurions will testify.  Few would have gambled on four points being sufficient cushioning against such a robust outfit as Wigan, and so it proved.

The Reds’ second half performance did not quite match up to that of their first half, and the errors became a little more evident, starting with Ormondroyd losing control of the ball in a tackle in the very first set of the half – not an unknown occurrence this season – but with the considerable improvement, this time, of holding their line intact for the next set.

The balance of possession however started to shift in Wigan’s favour, primarily from an increase in the number of penalties and repeat sets which started to go their way, and the extra defensive work which was consequently thrust upon the Red Devils started to take its toll.  By the later part of the half they were clearly tiring, for let us not forget that there was probably also some residual after-effects from the exertions of the St Helens game, five days earlier.

To compound the situation, the end-of-set options which were taken did not seem to help matters.  Long, high kicks downfield require an energetic determined chase, and, with this becoming increasingly more difficult for them, Hardaker at fullback was put under rather less pressure.  Drilling the ball downfield into touch would, at least, have brought some few seconds respite for them to get some air into their lungs.

Consequently, it was Wigan, only, who, on 63 minutes, were able to cross and draw level, following Livett’s solitary penalty goal, and in the final moments of the half Salford were unable to raise the same degree of energy to pressure Jackson Hastings’s drop-goal that Wigan had put on Escare a few minutes earlier, and the half back promptly slotted the ball between the uprights to take the spoils.

MATCH REPORT | SALFORD RED DEVILS 16-17 WIGAN WARRIORS | SATURDAY 22ND MAY 2021

A Jackson Hastings drop-goal was the difference this afternoon as Salford Red Devils fell to a 16-17 defeat against Wigan Warriors.

After taking the lead and going into the interval four points ahead in front of a busy The Salford Stadium, the visitors brought it back in the second forty and clinched the victory three minutes from time.

Marshall’s men took the lead inside 10 minutes through Harvey Livett, who pulled off a clever interception and ran almost the length of the field, grounding the ball towards the left of the sticks and leaving Hastings sprawled on the field.

Livett missed the conversion but did add another two to Salford’s lead four minutes later after Salford opted to take the two after they were awarded a penalty in front of the sticks.

Five minutes later however, Brad Singleton put Wigan on the scoreboard, stretching out to ground the ball in front of the Salford fans.

Salford took the lead again in the 25th minute through Jack Wells, who powered through the middle of the Wigan line to score his first try for the Red Devils just seconds after coming on.

Four minutes before the break, Harry Smith broke the line down the right, cut back in towards the centre and fed Farrell to ground the ball down the left. A missed conversion from the Warriors followed by another successful Salford penalty goal from Livett, gave the Red Devils a four-point cushion at the break.

Halftime: Salford Red Devils 14-10 Wigan Warriors

It took until just before the hour mark before the scoreline was altered and it was Livett again who converted another penalty goal to extend Salford’s lead.

Singleton doubled his try tally for the afternoon in the 65th minute, powering over to the right of the sticks this time.

Morgan Escare attempted a drop-goal five minutes later which was charged down by Singleton and it was former Red Devil, Hastings, who clinched the victory for the Warriors in the 77th minute after his drop-goal was successful.

Salford welcome Warrington Wolves in Round 8 of the Betfred Super League next Thursday.

Fulltime: Salford Red Devils 16-17 Wigan Warriors

Salford Red Devils: Escare, Sio, Watkins, L;ivett, Williams, Lolohea, Patton, Ikahihifo, Addy, Burke, Lannon, Pauli, Taylor, Atkin, Lussick, Ormondroyd, Wells.

Salford tries: Livett, Wells

Salford goals: Livett (4/5)

Wigan Warriors: French, Manfredi, Shorrocks, Bibby, Hardaker, Smith, Hastings, Singleton, Powell, Havard, Bateman, Farrell, Partington, Bullock, Byrne, Clark, Pearce-Paul.

Wigan tries: Singleton (2/2), Farrell

Referee: James Child

Image credit: Steve McCormick

BALLOT FOR WIGAN GAME NOW ON GENERAL SALE

Salford Red Devils are pleased to announce that the Betfred Super League Round 7 home game against Wigan Warriors is now on general sale.

Season ticket holders were given initial priority for access to the game, which sees the return of crowds back at the The Salford Stadium following a successful test event – thank you to all those who attended, you’ve made Saturday’s game with crowds possible.

All season ticket holders who entered the ballot should now know if they were successful or not. Any season ticket holders who were not successful, or did not enter the ballot and would like to attend on Saturday, must email – ticketoffice@ajbellstadium.co.uk

It will be an astounding 435 days since we last played in front of you here at the AJ Bell, when, coincidentally, we also faced off against Wigan in what turned out to be an 18-14 comeback win for the Red Devils.

Although we cannot wait to have you back for live rugby, we ask all fans to follow and respect the Code of Conduct, stadium ground regulations and direction from signage and stewards on-site.

In order to create the best atmosphere possible, we will be allocating 400 tickets to the away club in the North Stand. If you are a Salford fan, DO NOT select a ticket in the NORTH STAND AWAY STAND.

HOW DO I BOOK?

1. All our ticketing will be done online digitally

2. Go to www.eticketing.co.uk/salfordreddevils and sign in/create an account

3. (if you do not know if you have an account try “forgot password” and if you have an account you will receive an email to reset your password)

4. Click on Match Tickets at the top of the page and select the game.

5. Choose the stand you wish to purchase in and £best available”. Select the EAST, WEST & SOUTH for home fans. For AWAY fans select NORTH.

6. Please select the number of tickets you require for you and other people in your bubble (max of 6). If you are the lead client you will be responsible for everyone in you bubble and you must inform them of the “code of conduct”.

7. You will get the “best available” for the area you selected. There will be no kiosks in the standing areas of the stadium due to Covid restrictions.

8. Tickets will be sent via email and you will be able to print at home or add them to your Google or Apple Wallet

9. Please follow all the instructions on the ticket including the arrival time.

10. Please bring ID showing your name and date of birth as you may be asked to present it.

If you are having difficulty in doing this or if you are a season ticket holder who has missed the ballot please email ticketoffice@ajbellstadium.co.uk

You can also call 01617861570 and choose option 1 for tickets and if this is not answered leave a message and someone from the ticket office will call you back.

Office hours are Monday – Friday 10am-5pm

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I GET TO THE STADIUM?

There will be details on your ticket of what time you should arrive and what entrance to use. Different blocks will be given staggered arrival times and we ask you all to enter the turnstiles at the time stated. If you arrive too early, or too late, you may not gain access. There will be a one-way system in operation within the stadium. Please pay attention to signage and direction from stewards. You may be asked to show ID.

WILL I BE ABLE TO GET FOOD AND DRINK?

Unfortunately, kiosks will not be open in the standing areas as food and drink has been prohibited. If you are in a seated area you will be able to get food and drink from the kiosks.

IS IT SAFE TO ATTEND?

Although we cannot wait to have you back, we need to ensure that spectator safety is at the top of our agenda. Therefore, it is imperative that fans read and agree to the Spectator Code of Conduct and respect all rules and guidelines and keep fans safe from potential transmission of COVID -19.

DO I NEED TO HAVE A TEST?

No, you do not need to have a test before coming to the stadium. However, if you feel unwell please DO NOT attend.

CAR PARKING

If you have a season car park pass then that will be accepted. Car parking passes can be applied for in advance online or by contacting the ticket office. On-the-day parking will be available for £8. Parking at the stadium is limited and we ask that you only trave in your bubbles and follow guidance. For all information on travelling to the stadium, see here.

Once again, Salford Red Devils would like to thank you all for your continued support and we simply cannot wait to see you all coming through our gates on Saturday!

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