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London 30 Salford City 44

Lee Gaskell scored three tries as Salford City Reds hauled themselves off the foot of Super League at the expense of opponents London Broncos at the Stoop.
London 30 Salford City 44

Lee Gaskell scored three tries as Salford City Reds hauled themselves off the foot of Super League at the expense of opponents London Broncos at the Stoop.

Full-back Gaskell's first-half hat-trick was part of an eight-try assault as the Reds avenged a heavy defeat at home to the Broncos earlier this season.

For the Londoners, a promising 14-point display from Australian debutant Jamie Soward was as good as it got.

Soward took his place on the bench merely hours after arriving in the country, while teenagers Harry Little and James Woodburn-Hall made just their second starts for the club.

The Reds were without Martin Gleeson, with Ryan McGoldrick slotting in at centre, while Gareth Owen returned among the replacements.

And it was the visitors who made the lightning start, Gaskell romping home to finish off a Jodie Broughton break with barely three minutes on the clock.

It was all Salford early on, with Broughton only denied a breakaway thanks to a desperate cover tackle from Chris Melling.

London were simply unable to make their tackles count, though, and a host of missed hits allowed Ashley Gibson to further the Reds' lead when he crept in at the corner.

Salford ran in a third try on 14 minutes, Broughton racing home from inside his own half as the Broncos' defence parted ways.

And more slick handling from the Reds saw a fourth score soon after, Gaskell racing in for his second after a flowing move involving Theo Fages and McGoldrick.

It was purely one-way traffic, and on 23 minutes Salford struck again, Wayne Godwin burrowing over from close range after a wave of pressure.

London were able to stem the tide somewhat after that, and even managed to grab a try of their own before the break when Erjon Dollapi showed great strength to muscle through two tackles and touch down.

But even that was soon cancelled out, Gaskell sprinting home for his hat-trick try on the hooter after Jordan James had sliced open the Broncos defence.

Soward certainly added some spark to the London attack, and a jinking run on 45 minutes allowed Mike Bishay to crash over for the Broncos' second score.

Suddenly the hosts had their tails up, adding a further try three minutes later when Jacob Fairbank smashed over from close range.

But London were unable to push on from that, despite their best efforts.

Salford steadied the ship, worked their way upfield and scored the killer try just after the hour mark, Fages easing home after more slack tackling from the Broncos.

Back came London, though, and it was that man Soward with the try, cashing in after a break from Joel Wicks.

Any thoughts of a London comeback though were quickly quashed when Broughton claimed his second as he broke through in the corner, although the Broncos had the final say when Daniel Sarginson was on hand to finish a searing break from Kieran Dixon.

London Broncos 30
Tries: Erjon Dollapi, Mike Bishay, Jacob Fairbank, Jamie Soward, Daniel Sarginson
Goals: Jamie Soward 5

Salford City Reds 44
Tries: Lee Gaskell 3, Jodie Broughton 2, Ashley Gibson, Wayne Godwin, Theo Fages
Goals: Marc Sneyd 6

Date: Saturday 29th June 2013
Venue: Twickenham Stoop Stadium
Crowd: 2,079
Referee: B Thaler
Half Time: Salford City 34-6

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