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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

High-flying Salford Continue Good Form

HIGH-flying Salford secured an emphatic eighth consecutive league victory on Sunday, beating Nottingham University 35-16 at Birchwood Leisure Centre, Warrington, in the English National Men’s League.

Having had a three-week break since their last game Salford were clearly eager to get playing again. Nottingham unfortunately drew the short straw and it was clear what the outcome of what this game would be after just 10 minutes when Salford led by 8 goals to 2.

Indeed, there was just no let up for Nottingham throughout the half. Even with rotation of the Salford squad, the University side found it almost impossible to penetrate the Salford defence and were forced to take many low percentage shots.

Even when they did manage to break through the defence, an on form Rob Avery in the Salford goal pulled off great saves to ensure Nottingham reaped little reward.

At half time once again the game was over as a contest with Salford leading 18-6. A similar story followed in the second half. Whilst Nottingham got off to a bit of a better start Salford were never really troubled. The final score being 35 to 16 for Salford.

Notable performances on the day for Salford have to include Rob Avery in goal with a whopping 64 per cent save rate. Plaudits also must go to Ciaran Williams who top scored with 7 and also set up 9 other goals.

Matt Lee must also be recognised for his magnificent defensive performance in making 10 of Salford's 17 blocks of Nottingham's shots. Indeed the fact that 17 of Nottingham's shots were blocked and a further 11 were forced wide or over the target is recognition of the quality of Salford's defence.

Elsewhere, Manchester edged to a narrow 25-24 victory over Deva, the Chester side having battled back from a 15-9 deficit at half time with the help of Steve Jameson who top-scored with nine goals.

And Liverpool Wolves won 30-22 over Manchester University with Christian Wiltering scoring eight of their goals.

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